Last month, there was a short debate going around social media regarding exfoliation and the use of moisturizers. Popular skincare business woman who we will call VB published an article that as people in the tropical country, we should only exfoliate and not moisturize. I highly disagree because I think keeping our skin moisturized creates a protective barrier and makes our skin easier to exfoliate.
Kikaysikat Says: Both are important. Exfoliation and Moisturization. But today we’ll discuss the former.
Why is Exfoliation Important?
As we grow older, our cells regenerate slower. Meaning the body takes more time to shed dead skin cells and generate new ones. When the older cells accumulate on the skin’s surface, it can leave our skin looking dull, rough, and patchy. This can also result in excess oil and pore clogging. Leading to unwanted blemishes and pimples 🙁
Exfoliating properly removes that thick barrier of skin clogging dead cells and recovers fresh ones. This is also a good way to appear more youthful and glowing. Be careful not to exfoliate too much! Anything in excess is always a bad thing.
What is the Best Way to Exfoliate?
The best type of exfoliation depends on your complexion and the health and sensitivity of your skin. If you have extremely sensitive skin or severe acne, you will want to choose an exfoliating product and method carefully.
Most use manual exfoliation on a regular basis (once a week) and reserve chemical exfoliation for more intermittent use.
Chemical vs Mechanical Exfoliation
If you use a manual exfoliating scrub, choose one with smooth, round granules rather than jagged, rough particles to avoid injuring your skin. Be gentle with the scrub—a light touch is all you need to slough off the dead skin cells. Any more than that and you’re likely to irritate your skin.
If you choose chemical exfoliation, peels and masks that contain alpha or beta hydroxy acids provide a deep level of exfoliation. If you have sensitive skin, you may wish to look for more natural peels that contain fruit derived enzymes.
I hope you enjoyed my short discussion on exfoliation! Let me know if you have any questions and I’ll try my best to answer them 🙂