How You Exfoliate Does Matter | Top 10 Skincare MythsIn skincare, how you exfoliate DOES matter. Its a common myth that strong exfoliation is great for the skin. The fact is, too much or not enough can both do damage and accelerate the aging process.
When it comes to exfoliation, people tend to either not do it at all, or they OVER-do it. For those that don't do it, I say: how can you expect your skincare products to properly work if you have a bunch of dead skin laying on top? Your skincare isn't going to break through that easily. Help it! Exfoliate!
Looking for great products to exfoliate, but not damage your skin? Click Here to visit our online store!Then there are those that overdo it. I constantly get messages from people that have used a product that has completely sensitized their skin, broken it out, or made it rough, dry and patchy. Guess what? When this happens, you've gone too far. Either the product or the method isn't right for your skin.
Why Exfoliate?On a daily basis, your skin sheds cells. While some of these flake off, many of them remain on the surface of the skin. When dead skin layers build up, your skin actually thins, so the skin may maintain its *normal* overall thickness. Through this process, production of collagen, which is essential to maintaining skin fullness and elasticity (therefore youthfulness) goes down and the *alive* or *healthy* skin thins. Dead skin + thinning skin = damaged skin.
Exfoliation reverses this damage by removing the dead layer, stimulating collagen production and thickening alive, healthy skin.
When It Comes To Exfoliation, More is Not Necessarily Better
Signs of Over-Exfoliation-Redness, peeling or blistering that lasts more than a day
-Persistent dry patchiness
-Persistent skin sensitivity
-Discoloration of the skin in areas where blemishes have occured, or in darker skin tones, uneven skin coloration after exfoliation
Furthermore, for those experiencing acne or other skin blemishes, and for those with dark skin tones, over exfoliation can actually cause futher discoloration, and even scarring, of the skin. Needless to say, this is the LAST thing anyone that is trying for healthy skin wants to have happen, because skin discoloration is one of the biggest signs of aging. An smooth, even complexion is something everyone wants!
Avoid on the Face: salt based exfoliators (salt is very rough and drying); strong acid peels unless done under the supervision of a professional (and we don't recommend doing them too often); nut or "diamond" based exfoliators (once again, too rough). A good rule of thumb: if any of the conditions in the box Signs of Over-Exfoliation are happening to you, its just too much!
Exfoliation: An Essential Step in Everyday Skin Care**Must be done without inflammation to limit further damage to healthy skin
**Gentle, repetitive exfoliation works well over time and does less damage than strong, harsh products
**Do it to stimulate the skin to shed the dead cells regularly, which stimulates collagen production
**Skin becomes rejuvenated, more elastic, full, bright and healthy
**Skin appears tighter and younger looking
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