Exfoliation is an important part of any skincare routine. When it is done correctly, exfoliation helps remove the dead surface layer skin cells and leaves behind healthy glowing skin. Exfoliation can also help your skin expel toxins and improve the effectiveness of other skincare products you use. However, you need to avoid over-exfoliation as this can cause skin irritation and inflammation. Here is everything you should know about exfoliation:

What Is An Exfoliant?

 

There are many different types of exfoliating products, however they all generally fall into one of two categories: physical or chemical. Physical exfoliants are the types of exfoliating products most people think of when they hear the word exfoliating. These products use an ingredient that is “scrubbed” over the skin to remove the surface layer of dead skin cells. You want to avoid any exfoliating products that have coarsely ground ingredients as these can cause tiny tears and punctures that damage the skin. Chemical exfoliants use enzymatic properties to slough off the dead surface layer skin cells.

When Should You Exfoliate?

 

When and how often you should exfoliate will vary based on the type of skin you have. Generally, it is safe to exfoliate once or twice a week. People with more sensitive skin types should exfoliate only once a week. People with more oily skin may benefit from exfoliating more than twice a week. Signs you can look for that indicate it is time to exfoliate include:

  • Rough or dry skin
  • Skin break-outs
  • Whiteheads and blackheads
  • Visibly large pores
  • Oily skin

No matter how often you exfoliate, it is important to ensure you are always using a truly mild exfoliating product to prevent further damage to your skin.

When Should You Avoid Exfoliating?

 

Even though exfoliation is an important part of most skincare routines, there are some situations in which exfoliating is not a good choice. As stated previously, it is important to make sure you are not over-exfoliating as this can damage your skin. Other times you should not exfoliate include:

  • When you will be in direct sunlight for an extended period of time
  • People who have extremely sensitive and problem-prone skin
  • When you’re using a dermatology prescription such as steroids, antibiotics, retin-A, and Accutane
  • When your skin is inflamed, sunburned, broken, or otherwise damaged
  • After swimming in a pool or hot-tub with chlorinated water

If you’re not sure if your exfoliation schedule is right for you, ask your licensed esthetician to ensure you are not damaging your skin.

Treat Yourself To Regular Facials

 

Exfoliating is a great way to care for your skin in-between spa treatments and facials. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still enjoy regular facials as part of your skincare routine as well. If you have any other questions about exfoliation or the products you are using, ask your esthetician during your next appointment! Contact Brandon Essentials Spa online or call us at 813-681-1110 to schedule your next facial appointment today!