Have you ever wondered what's the most crucial step in your skincare routine? No, it's not CTM that we're talking about. EXFOLIATION is the right answer. Did that answer lead you to wondering what's so great about exfoliation of skin? Well, the fact that it unclogs your pores, keeps away acne, controls sebum production and helps your beauty products penetrate deep into your skin, is what makes exfoliation important. Whether you prefer to naturally exfoliate your skin or use a chemical exfoliator like glycolic or lactic acid, regular exfoliation is a must. Then, why do we really keep ourself away from it? It has several myths associated with it. But, we're here to debunk them and tell you all about its reality. Before we tell you about its myths, let us take you through what exfoliation of skin really is.
What is exfoliation?
Exfoliation is a process that aids in the removal of dead cells from the outermost surface of your skin by physical or chemical methods. Sounds very scientific, does it? It's simple! Your skin cells go through a lot of wear and tear due to environmental exposure and pollution. While the dead cells of your skin are shed off naturally, every 28 days, and are constantly replaced by new skin cells growing underneath ‚ they may sometimes get deposited on the skin surface itself. This deposition can lead to an uneven skin tone, even acne breakouts and clogged pores. Including a well-chosen exfoliator for your skin removes the build-up of dead cells, speeds up cell turnover and brightens your complexion. Interesting, isn't it? Let's get myth-busting now.
5 exfoliation myths that you need to stop believing in
Myth 1: It is safe to use a body exfoliant on your face
NO WAY! No matter how tempted you may feel, never use a body scrub for your face. The skin on your face is more sensitive and way thinner than the skin on the rest of your body. For this very reason, a body scrub is thicker in consistency and texture, while a face scrub is not. Body exfoliation products may harm your skin by causing inflammation, redness and micro-tears.
Myth 2: Putting more pressure while scrubbing gives the best results
Pressure doesn't guarantee any result. The gentler you are, the better it is. When applied harshly, your scrub is likely to dry your skin out and trigger the pores to produce more sebum. Hence, gently massage your skin to improve the blood flow and continue it for a maximum of one minute. Anything longer than a minute will cause damage to the skin.
Myth 3: It's alright to exfoliate daily
Just because we said it's crucial for your skin doesn't mean you can exfoliate daily! It's only recommended to exfoliate once a week since daily exfoliation can strip off the natural oil and moisture of your skin leading to breakouts and inflammation. PS ‚ Don't forget to moisturise well after scrubbing!
Myth 4: Sensitive skin should avoid exfoliation
Exfoliation isn't bad for sensitive skin. Just be mindful of the pressure that you apply! We suggest you to stay away from using face scrubs that come with microbeads as they may cause more harm than good. Weekly exfoliation with the right gentle scrub is safe for sensitive skin
Myth 5: Regular exfoliation is time-consuming and dries out skin by removing its natural moisture.
Proper, regular exfoliation can help diminish the visible appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by removing the dull, lacklustre layer of dead skin cells and environmental debris that clouds your complexion and often compromises your skin's natural moisture barrier. The right products will renew and replenish your skin, and not the other way round. And we already told you how it's not time-consuming since you must not exfoliate for more than one minute!
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