I recently read an article that was published in the New York Times. The article had a lot to say about exfoliating, some of which I’d like to shed some light on and pass along to our readers. Before I get started, let me ask you a simple question, “Are you exfoliating your skin?” If not, then you need to start doing so and regularly.
Not every day, but weekly at a minimum.
Now that you know and understand that this is non-negotiable, it’s time to really get a better understanding as to why that’s the case. The good news is that you’ve got LOTS of product options out there if you’re contemplating working in some exfoliating into your routine. There are retinoids, peels, toners, scrubs, cleansers and more. The important thing is that you know that you need to use it and knowing is half the battle.
What Exactly Does Exfoliating Do For Your Skin?
If you’re correctly exfoliating, then you’ll notice that all those dead skin cells will magically disappear and your perfect complexion will be on its way. No, but seriously that might happen. However, you want to take the right approach as being too aggressive is a really bad thing for your skin.
Don’t forget, I mentioned that the folks over at the New York Times were nice enough to share some furthers details about exfoliating and why you need it in your life. Here’s me trying to share some information that they passed on and my thoughts on it all.
The first tip that I read stated, “Your cells shed on their own, but they do need help.” When I did read this, I immediately agreed with everything that I read. However, I never really thought of it like this. Our bodies naturally do their best to try and shed the outer layer of our skin which is known as the stratum corneum. However, it’s a slow process and one that takes time. Desquamation is not fast and given the number of factors, it only makes sense for us to try and step in to help out.
Which means taking the right action and as frequently as necessary.
The article made mention of how it’s bad to exfoliate skin that’s become inflamed. I couldn’t agree more with this. The information was provided by Arash Akhavan who is the founder of the Dermatology & Laser Group.
Arash confirmed that exfoliating inflamed skin can actually cause more harm than good, leading to skin trauma. Those dealing with rosacea and acne issue should take note of this and avoid exfoliating on inflamed days.
I kept digesting the article and quickly came across a section which discusses the different types of exfoliation that exist. Most people have no idea what mechanical exfoliation is and they wouldn’t dare try it. For those not familiar with this type of exfoliation, it’s dermaplaning and the use of other devices to lift dead skin.
I believe the problem with some of these tools is that people use them too aggressively. Doing so often leads to injury which is a bad thing. In my opinion, if you can handle using the device then go ahead and do so. If the chemical peel route works best for you, then take that approach. Just make sure that you do something, please.
The article mentions the use of enzymes which a lot of people forget about entirely. There are enzymes such as papaya and apple which can really help improve the condition of your skin. In fact, using these enzymes as an exfoliant can be a lot more effective and safer in the long run. The key here is letting the enzymes do the work and refraining from rubbing your skin.
The last thing I want to discuss is the use of peels for exfoliating. You need to be aware that there are lots of options out there for people with all types of skin. In my humble opinion, peels are great if you can successfully match up the skin type with the correct type of peel. It’s easier said than done but if you can do it, then the better off you will be!