Dry Skin? Exfoliate First! Here's How
During this time of year lots of people are complaining about dry skin. Of course, the weather is very dry and cold in most places so this is the time of year when most people's skin get the driest. You've probably been taught to moisturize your skin more when it's dry, and that's not wrong. However, there is something you need to do first so that the moisture actually makes it into your skin.
Exfoliation is the removal of dead skin cells on the skin's surface. And if you have dry skin, this is just as important as moisturizing. Because if you do not remove all that dead skin, the moisture you apply will not be absorbed. Applying all the creams, oils, and balms in the world will not help if you do not exfoliate first.
Now before you go all crazy scrubbing your face every day, you need to know about the 2 types of exfoliation.
Mechanical exfoliation physically removes the dead skin cells by rubbing your skin. This is usually done with scrubs, brushes, cloths, microdermabrasion, and masks.
On the face, you should use gentle exfoliators like a brush, cloth, or powder. Salt and sugar are too abrasive for facial exfoliation and are better suited for the body. Salt is a stronger exfoliator than sugar, and is excellent for use on the feet.
Our Clara cleansing powder and Arcilla Rosada purifying clay mask are two ways to mechanically exfoliate the face. For the body we have several tropical scrubs, and a stronger foot scrub to get baby soft feet.
Chemical exfoliation removes dead skin cells using acids. Fruit enzymes and acids like pumpkin, papaya, pineapple, and willow bark. You can usually find these ingredients in masks, cleansers, and serums labeled brightening, exfoliating, or resurfacing.
Sensitive skin types sometimes react negatively to chemical exfoliation, so always test new products on a small area before using all over your face if you tend to have sensitive skin.
Things to keep in mind:
- Exfoliate the body 1-3 times per week.
- Exfoliate the face 1-2 times per week, depending on your skin type.
- You can use both chemical and mechanical on a regular basis, or just the one you prefer.
- Do not exfoliate before going out in the sun.
- Do not overexfoliate, as it can damage the skin.