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Today’s post is all about exfoliating your skin. Quite like cleansing, toning and moisturising, exfoliation is an important part of our regular skincare routine. Most of us exfoliate our skin about once or twice a week, depending on our skin type and any specific skin concerns that we may have. Exfoliating regularly is extremely important to keep your skin clean, healthy and youthful. However, just as it is important to exfoliate regularly, it is extremely important to exfoliate correctly- that is, in the way that is right for your skin. To help you exfoliate in the way that may be best for you, I have compiled a list of things that you should know about exfoliating your skin.
Let’s take a look at what these are.
1. There are Many Ways to Exfoliate Your Skin:
Broadly speaking, there are two types of exfoliating products that you could use. There are physical exfoliators, which are popularly known as face scrubs, and then there are chemical exfoliators, which are typically products that contain glycolic acid and other exfoliating acids. Both these types of exfoliators help in removing dead skin cells and prevent a host of skin problems that are caused by the accumulation of dead, flaky skin and excess facial oils. You can also easily whip up a DIY exfoliating scrub at home. In addition to that, you can also make use of facial brushes, shower gloves, loofahs, etc. to exfoliate both your face and body. The best thing to do is to figure out the product and tool that works best for your skin type and concern.
2. You Should Exfoliate Your Face, Lips and Body:
In addition to exfoliating the face, it is very important to exfoliate the lips as well as the body on a regular basis. Our lips and bodies are equally prone to accumulating dead skin cells, which should be sloughed off regularly to keep the skin clean, healthy and rejuvenated. Do make it a point to exfoliate your lips regularly if you wear matte lipsticks.
3. You Should Exfoliate As Often As Needed:
Some people strictly adhere to the once-a-week rule of exfoliating the skin. However, I’d like to tell you that it’s best to exfoliate your skin as often as you think you need it. Different people have different skin types, and different skincare routine suit different people. As long as your exfoliating products and tools are not too harsh and are not harming/stripping your skin, you should exfoliate as often as you think you need it.
4. Shaving and Waxing Also Exfoliate Your Skin:
Hair removal, whether it is through shaving or waxing, helps in removing the top layer of dead skin, thereby, acting as an exfoliating procedure.
5. Exfoliation Improves Blood Circulation:
Exfoliating often goes hand-in-hand with massaging the product/tool onto your skin which improves the blood circulation and instantly, revives the skin and gives you that fresh, glowing look.
6. Exfoliation Helps Other Skincare Products Work More Effectively:
7. Exfoliation Preps Your Skin for Makeup:
Finally, exfoliation is a sure shot way to prep your skin for makeup. If you find that your makeup doesn’t last enough, or that your foundation clings to dry patches on your face, or that the foundation applies unevenly, then exfoliating your skin will solve a large part of these problems. Exfoliation will give you a smooth and even canvas for your makeup, making it glide onto your skin, sit comfortably and last longer.
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