Exfoliation is a skin care step that is often skipped, misunderstood and abused. There are a lot of benefits to exfoliation, but it can be just as detrimental when not done right. The first thing you have to do is make sure you’re using the right type of exfoliation. A natural exfoliating sugar scrub is much better than a chemically laden scrub. Try to stick to natural ingredients in the scrubs you use to exfoliate and your skin will thank you for it.
The next thing you need to know is how to exfoliate. Don’t slap it on and start violently scrubbing away unless you want to irritate your skin. Take the exfoliating scrub and scrub your entire face by making small circular motions with your finger tips. Avoid any pimples since exfoliating those will only aggravate them. The goal of exfoliation is to get rid of dead skin cells and other things that block pores. The end result is soft, glowing skin that is less likely to break out, but the prime use for exfoliation is not to prevent pimples or treat them. In fact, you should never exfoliate the area of a pimple.
Exfoliation isn’t a daily routine. This really depends on your skin type and how quickly it get dry/flaky, but a good rule of thumb is to exfoliate one day and then skip two days before you exfoliate again. If your skin gets flaky really easily, you can exfoliate it every second day but never exfoliate every day. Some people who don’t struggle with dry skin can benefit from a weekly exfoliate just to clear dead skin cells away and get the skin glowing again. Exfoliation should always be followed by toning and moisturizing and you should cleanse your face before you start scrubbing.