Skin exfoliation is quite a trending topic in the beauty industry nowadays. Since skin exfoliation involves mechanically removing dead skin cells from the outermost layer of the skin, it leads to a brighter-looking complexion, smoother skin, and better absorption of skincare products such as the lotion and moisturizer. Given its benefits, it’s no wonder that people are getting more and more curious about this skin care method these days. Testimonies around the globe have attested to incorporating exfoliation into their skin care routine two to three times a week, but a lot of people are still hesitant about it. With misconceptions in mind, people are being hindered from reaping the benefits that exfoliation has to give. That’s why we’re here to address that hesitation by tackling some common myths about skin exfoliation.
1. Applying Too Much Pressure When Exfoliating
I’m sure you’ve heard of microdermabrasion before. Far from being a beauty treatment, microdermabrasion is actually the intentional destruction of your skin tissues by abrasion to achieve better results. Putting too much pressure during exfoliation won’t help get better results for your skin. In reality, more pressure will only dry the skin and trigger the pores to produce more sebum, which won’t benefit your skin in the long run. Always apply gentle pressure while exfoliating and a 30-second gentle scrubbing should be the maximum during your session as longer durations may cause damage to the epidermis.
2. Using a Body Exfoliant for Your Face
This may come as a shock, but you need to stop using body scrubs on your face. Using a body scrub on your face is different from using one on other parts of your body. The skin on our faces is much thinner than the skin found on other parts of the body such as the arms, legs, knees, etc.; in fact, it has a different texture entirely. That’s why scrubbing your face with a body exfoliant can damage your skin, leaving it with inflammation and scarring.
3. Daily Exfoliation is Good
Some may think that exfoliating every day is an ideal thing to do to get the softest skin, but it’s actually not. Yes, exfoliation helps soften and smoothen the skin, yet everything still has to be in moderation. Since exfoliation typically involves granular scrubs, it can be harsh to the skin, especially the face, so it’s best not to overdo it. That’s why it’s very important to note that exfoliation should only be done twice or thrice a week. In fact, over-exfoliation strips off the natural oils from the skin. When the natural oils are stripped off, the skin becomes extremely dry, therefore making it more prone to irritation. So, don’t over-exfoliate, and make sure you put on a good moisturizer to lock in hydration to the skin.
4. Exfoliating Isn’t a Thing for Sensitive Skin
Exfoliation is a process that removes dead, dry skin so as to prevent the build-up of dirt and give you a refreshed appearance. Sufferers of sensitive skin run the risk of irritation due to the scrubbing action which tends to make them avoid exfoliating altogether. However, there are many forms of exfoliation that are safe for sensitive-skinned people. Mild forms of chemical exfoliation, including those based on lactic acid, are great for people with sensitive skin. If you’re planning to exfoliate and you currently have sensitive skin, make sure you choose a gentler alternative and ask a professional to help if you want to achieve great results for your skincare routine.
5. All Exfoliators are Granular
We all know exfoliation is good for you. It’s a great way to reveal clear and smooth skin. However, not everyone fully understands the difference between chemical exfoliators (like glycolic acid) and physical exfoliators (like face scrubs with granules). To exfoliate your skin, you can either manually rub dead skin cells off the surface or chemically dissolve the bonds between cells. Both methods smooth out fine lines and improve marionette lines — which are lines extending from the corner of your mouth to your chin. They reduce inflammation, get rid of dark spots caused by hyperpigmentation, and clear away dead cells on the surface and deep down in your skin.
Exfoliation may appear complicated, but it is actually quite simple and can be an effective method for improving the appearance of your skin. Plus, with all of these myths out there, it is important to know the truth behind the facts. That way, you avoid any potential frustration or setbacks.