Exfoliation For Skincare & Anti-Aging: Important Or Overrated?

by Charlene Flanagan

So it’s like this—you’ve been told that there’s a certain number of things you must do for your skin in order to keep it healthy and glowing. The most basic diktat suggests you have to cleanse, exfoliate, tone and moisturize. While you may have your routine down to the T, you’ve found yourself at a crossroads—one which points in the direction of the pro-exfoliators, and the other which takes you to those who suggest that exfoliation is downright overrated.

Well, here’s the thing: You really should! All that is subjective is the frequency (how many times you should exfoliate in a week), and this really depends on what you’re using to get rid of the dead skin cells—a loofah (every other day), a face scrub (twice a week), facial cleansing brushes, polishers, buffers (once a week).

Why Buff & Scrub?

  • Exfoliating gets rid of dry, dull, flaky residue and tempers rough skin
  • It fights the signs of aging by ridding you of dead skin cells, promoting cell turnover, and ironing out wrinkles
  • It helps prevent breakouts by unclogging and cleaning your pores
  • Exfoliation helps combat uneven skin tone
  • It helps open up your pores, thereby letting your skincare products penetrate better
  • It stimulates blood circulation, which invigorates the skin and boosts collagen production

While exfoliation does have its notable benefits, too much of a good thing can have just the opposite effect. Yes, there is such a thing as over-exfoliation. Depending on how dry your skin is, daily exfoliation can mean you’re unintentionally stripping away the natural oils that are meant to help your skin look young and plump. Here’s how you can tell if it’s too much:

  • Your skin looks noticeably dehydrated
  • There are patchy areas of dryness, even after you moisturize
  • Your skin feels taut
  • You’re experiencing itchy breakouts and the skin feels extra sensitive
  • You have inflammation, acne and irritation coupled with white patches or flaky residue

Lastly, make note that exfoliating dead skin cells with a scrub is actually ideal during night time. Those who do it in the morning are exposing their open pores to the dust and dirt when they step out for the day. At night, your skin is in repair mode and is open to absorbing reparative and restorative moisturizers and serums better.

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