The skin can shed an estimated 500 million skin cells a day, but the natural exfoliating process of our skin only happens every 30 to 35 days. Unfortunately, it slows down even more as we grow older, which is why we need to exfoliate our skin as much as our skin needs us to prevent dead skin cell buildup.
Like other skincare products, exfoliating greatly depends on a person’s skin type. That said, you cannot blindly follow beauty vlogs only because it worked for them. Whenever it comes to skincare, you have to remember that every skin requires different care. Here, you will find out how to know the best exfoliator for your skin type and how often you should exfoliate based on it. Let’s get into it!
What type of exfoliator should I use, and how often should I use it?
Over-exfoliating is one of the biggest problems people face in exfoliation. Unfortunately, many people do not realise that it is already happening to them. Peeling, heightened skin sensitivity, redness and a non-stop burning sensation are some of the most common symptoms you may experience. Avoid this by following our simple guide.
If your skin is sensitive it requires patience to find the right products to use, which is why many people with sensitive skin turned to Korean beauty products, known for having natural and gentle formulations. Of course, you should always use gentle products for your skin, especially when exfoliating.
Most experts will recommend you use chemical exfoliators over physical ones because they are much easier to control. However, physical exfoliants are not totally bad for you, as long as you use gentler options like SKINFOOD Pineapple Peeling Gel. You should also avoid exfoliating more than twice a week, as it can make your skin more sensitive.
Like sensitive skin types, people with dry skin should also be cautious when choosing the right exfoliator because harsh exfoliants can make your skin drier. To prevent your skin from getting drier, you need to go for exfoliators that contain moisturising ingredients. Your skin might also benefit from those with a creamy formula. However, you should only exfoliate 1-2 times a week. More than that is likely to make your skin direr.
Exfoliating can help people with dry skin by removing dead skin cells from your face so that it can absorb your moisturiser and other skincare products better. You could try SKINFOOD’s Black Sugar Essential Scrub as it contains botanical oils and refined rice wine to moisturise and nourish your skin, while the black sugar granules gently exfoliate.
Oily skin types can handle exfoliating better than sensitive and dry skin types. Most experts will recommend you using physical exfoliators, but avoid those with abrasive granules. Fine powders and sugar granules are among the most gentle you may find. You can also use exfoliating tools like soft brushes, pads, or sponges. You can exfoliate up to three times per week for oily skin as long as your skin does not show signs of irritation or sensitivity.
If you have a lot of active spots, you might want to avoid scrubs as they can irritate your skin. You can always use chemical exfoliants, like AHAs and BHAs, to do the exfoliating for you. Most products that contain these ingredients also encourage damage repair and prevent acne build-up.
Acne-prone skin can be exfoliated two to three times a week, depending on the skin's tolerance and how much it's needed. If you have lots pimple scars and dark spots, you can use SKINFOOD Rice Daily Brightening Scrub Foam which will help lighten those dark spots while having light exfoliation. However, if your acne is more severe than usual, you should visit your dermatologist first before using any exfoliators.
Exfoliating is an excellent way to keep our skin smooth, radiant, and youthful. Nonetheless, you should do it properly by exfoliating once or twice a week if you have dry or sensitive skin and exfoliating twice to thrice a week for oily and acne-prone skin types while using the best exfoliator for your skin. Remember to always listen to your skin, as it will guide you on how to take care of it properly.