Is exfoliating really necessary? You wont believe what we discovered!

I was telling one of my friends about an exfoliant that I have been using. They said that they really didn’t understand why to exfoliate or any of the benefits that they could get from it.

They asked if exfoliating their skin was really necessary.

Of course, it is!

Exfoliating your skin has so many benefits and can really help improve your skin. I decided to put together this blog post about exfoliating your skin and some of the common questions that people have about it.

 

Why Is It Important To Exfoliate Skin:

It’s important to exfoliate your skin to help remove dead skin cells. These dead skin cells can make your face feel rough and make it hard for the younger skin cells to grow out.

Skin that is recently exfoliated can feel very smooth to the touch and may even look brighter.

Another main benefit of exfoliating is that lotions and moisturizers can absorb farther into the skin.
Dead skin cells aren’t there to block the products from being absorbed.

This can make all your skincare products work a little better. You may not notice a huge difference, but it’s still something to consider.

It’s also important to exfoliate your skin to help clear your pores.

Our pores can become clogged with dirt, dead skin cells, and oil. All of this combined makes it the perfect place for bacteria to grow. This includes acne, blackheads, and whiteheads.

Exfoliated skin has less chance of this happening since exfoliating helps clear your pores.

What Can You Use To Exfoliate Your Skin:

I asked my dermatologist what the most common way was to exfoliate your skin. They said that the three main ways to exfoliate your skin were by chemicals, scrubs, and exfoliating brushes.

I didn’t have any other time to ask any more questions. My dermatologist had a meeting that they had to go to right away.

I’ll go through the three main ways to exfoliate your skin. I’ll also share with you my favorite way to exfoliate as well.

Chemicals:

Chemicals are the most abrasive way to exfoliate your skin. They are usually called chemical peels and they need to be done with complete care.

A chemical peel is a type of acid that is applied to your face. The acid then eats away at the outer layer of the skin and exfoliates it that way.

The most common types of acid in chemical peels are glycolic and salicylic acid.

Some chemical peels are so strong that only a licensed dermatologist can apply them to your skin.

Other chemical peels you can buy at health and beauty stores and apply them yourself.
Be careful when doing this because you can get a bad chemical burn if you don’t know what you’re doing.

Scrub:

Another thing you can use to exfoliate your skin is a scrub. A scrub is typically made of either salt or sugar along with oil to be applied to the skin.

The mixture is then applied to the skin and rubbed in a circular motion.
The salt or sugar works to exfoliate and get rid of any dead skin cells.

This isn’t as harsh as chemical exfoliation.

A scrub is my favorite way to exfoliate my skin because I get more than one benefit from it. I get the exfoliation from the scrub and then the oils in the scrub provide my skin with extra moisture.

These scrubs are not as harsh on the skin either.

My favorite type of scrub is a sugar scrub. I find that a salt scrub is too drying on my face and takes a longer time to recover.

Exfoliating Brush:

A popular tool that you can use to exfoliate your skin is an exfoliating brush. They come in many different kinds and sizes, so read the directions before using one.

An exfoliating brush has a round brush head used to help exfoliate the skin. Most brushes have soft bristles but, some have more of a rubber/silicone feel to them.

An exfoliating brush can either be battery-powered or hand-operated.

All exfoliating brushes work the same way by going over the skin to remove dead skin cells.

How Often Should I Exfoliate My Skin:

How often to exfoliate your skin is different for everyone. This is because it depends on your skin and the type of exfoliant that was used.

Most dermatologists recommend exfoliating your skin a few times per week.
Yet, some people say that they recommend using an exfoliant every day.

They say it really depends on the kind of exfoliant that is used.

There is no set answer on how often to exfoliate your skin.

The most recommended time to exfoliate is every few days:

Every Few Days:
Exfoliating your skin every few days gives your skin time to recover. But, some people may need a longer time to recover.

There is no set answer and everyone’s skin will react differently.
The best thing you can do is use your best judgment.

If you think your skin needs a longer break, then it probably does. Don’t try and second guess yourself because you read an article on the internet.

Exfoliating any more than that could cause some side effects in certain people.

The exfoliant could strip down the skin of its natural oils and cause breakouts.
Too much exfoliating could also cause skin redness, irritation, and sensitive skin.

The side effects really depend on the kind of exfoliant that is used.

I have tried exfoliating at different time intervals and found that I like exfoliating every few days.

This is just my personal sweet spot.

Any more than a few days and I noticed my skin would be irritated and even have some redness to it throughout the day.
Any less than that I didn’t notice much of a difference. Yes, my skin would be smooth but, I just really didn’t like that time frame.

You could be completely different, the best thing you can do is to try it out for yourself and see how it goes.

Make sure you follow the directions on the exfoliant that you are using to get the best results.

Is It OK To Exfoliate Everyday:

The main thing to keep in mind is that everyone’s skin acts differently after being exfoliated. Some people may be able to exfoliate their skin every day. Others may need to wait a few days to give their skin time to recover.

I always recommend waiting a few days for your skin to recover before exfoliating again.

It also depends on what product you’re using to exfoliate with.

Salt scrubs can be more drying and take longer to recover.
Other scrubs may be too abrasive and also take longer for your skin to recover.

Never use a chemical scrub without giving your skin a break!

The two main ways to exfoliate are every day and every few days:

Everyday:
Some people seem like they can exfoliate their skin every day. It depends on what your exfoliating your skin with and how long it takes to recover.

A lighter exfoliant will be able to be used more often compared to a stronger one.

It also depends on what kind of skin you have.
Some people have skin that seems to recover faster than others.

If you don’t think your skin is reacting well with exfoliating every day, you don’t have to continue to do it.
Give your skin a break and see what happens.

Every Few Days:
The most recommend timeframe to exfoliate your skin is every few days. Ideally, every three days works for most people.
It seems that most people also like to exfoliate every few days.

Exfoliating your skin every few days is fine. Don’t think that you need to exfoliate it daily.

You will not see any fast results if you exfoliate your skin more.
You may see the opposite.

Sometimes our skin can get bad by exfoliating it every day.

If you chose to exfoliate every few days, it should’nt matter on what kind of scrub you use.

Your skin will have plenty of time to recover and prepare itself for the next one.

The main goal that you should have is to listen to your skin.
See what your skin is telling you.

Sometimes you may need to adjust your exfoliating more or less depending on the time of the year or environment.

Do You Exfoliate Before Or After Washing Your Body:

It really doesn’t matter if you exfoliate before or after washing your body. I have found out that its mostly personal preference and what area of the body you are exfoliating.

I have found that most people like to exfoliate in the shower or bath after they wash.

You will end up with the same result either way.

Another thing to consider is what you’re exfoliating with. Some products already have soap formulated in with them. It wouldn’t make any sense to wash your body and then rewash it if the exfoliant already has soap with it.

Some exfoliators are emulsified and most people tend to use those after washing their bodies.

I had a friend who only wanted to exfoliate their feet. They would take a shower in the morning and then exfoliate at night before bed.

Here are a few pointers to think about:

Before:
Some people like to exfoliate right before washing their bodies. Most of the time, the exfoliant already is formulated with soap to clean the body.

However, this isn’t always the case.

Sometimes people just like to use their own body wash and not an exfoliating product. This could be because they don’t want to use the exfoliator all over their body. Other times, they just don’t like the scent particularly well.

After:
A lot of people like to exfoliate right after washing. This is because a lot of exfoliants are made with ingredients that are good for the skin.

They don’t want these ingredients to get washed off.
Most body soaps will strip off everything from your skin.

This would take away some of the additional benefits that you may get during exfoliating.

The best thing is to decide which is right for you. In the end, there is no right or wrong answer on when to exfoliate.

The main thing is that you find a time to exfoliate that you’re happy with.

Do You Moisturize After Exfoliating:

Moisturizing your skin after exfoliating is a really good thing to do. I have never run across anyone who didn’t like to moisturize after exfoliating.

I have always moisturized my skin after exfoliating and love the results that I get.

Let’s get into why.

Some people experience redness after exfoliating.

Some moisturizers are made with aloe, lavender, and even oatmeal.
These ingredients have been used around the skin for many years and are generally safe for the skin.

These moisturizers may even help reduce or eliminate this altogether.

Let’s face it, exfoliating can be rough on certain people.
It’s always best to take the proper procedures to help eliminate this.

But, you don’t have to overdo the moisturizer. The regular amount you always use should be fine to use.

Using a moisturizer can even increase the recovery time from exfoliating.
This means you should be able to exfoliate your skin more often.

The more you can exfoliate, the better off your skin will be. Well, to a certain extent anyway. I went over how often you should exfoliate your skin earlier in the blog post. Be sure to check it out!

Always try and pick out the best kind of moisturizer for your skin.
They come in many different formulas.

I always like to look for moisturizers that are calming for the skin.

I would avoid any type of moisturizer that is a body butter.
Body butter can be slow absorbing and even have an oily feeling to them.

It seems like people either really love using body butter or they don’t.

Another good thing is that moisturizing your skin feels really good. It feels really soothing especially right after using a body scrub.

I don’t know if it’s just me but, I would be kind of lost if I didn’t use a moisturizer after exfoliating.

I highly recommend using a moisturizer after exfoliating, if you’re already not doing so.