Exfoliation is one of the most crucial steps in a skincare routine. Whether you prefer to manually exfoliate your skin or use a chemical exfoliator like glycolic or lactic acid, regular exfoliation is a must. What's so great about exfoliation, you ask? Well, the very fact that it unclogs the pores, keeps the acne at bay, gets rid of excess sebum and helps other beauty products to penetrate deep into the skin, is what makes exfoliation awesome. There many exfoliation myths that need to get busted and that's what going to do today.
Top 5 Myths About Exfoliation You Should Not Believe
Let's get myth-busting already!
Myth 1: You Can Use A Body Exfoliant On Your Face
Ladies, no matter how tempted you may feel, do not use a body scrub on your face. The skin on your face is thinner and more sensitive than the skin on your body. As compared to face scrubs, body scrubs are thicker in consistency and are harsher on the face. Body scrubs will not only cause micro-tears in your skin but also may cause inflammation and redness.
Myth 2: The More Pressure You Apply While Scrubbing, The Better
More pressure during exfoliation does not guarantee better skin. On the contrary, the product will dry your skin out and trigger the pores to produce more sebum. Always apply less pressure while exfoliating. Also, the ideal duration of scrubbing should be a minute max. Anything longer than a minute will cause damage to the skin.
Myth 3: It's Okay To Exfoliate Daily
No, you cannot exfoliate your skin daily. Depending on your skin type, face scrubs are only meant to be used twice or thrice a week. Exfoliating the skin every day can strip the skin from its natural oils and cause breakouts. You know which step comes after exfoliation, right? Moisturiser!
A little bit of exfoliation isn't bad for sensitive skin. As long as you do not apply too much pressure and stay away from using face scrubs that have big microbeads and walnut shells in them, you should be fine. For sensitive skin, opt for weekly exfoliation and keep an eye out for natural exfoliating ingredients like oatmeal, coffee powder, ground rice and yoghurt. Your skin will love you for it! And if you're looking towards chemical exfoliants, lactic acid is your friend.
Myth 5: Only Granular Exfoliators Count As Exfoliators
There are two ways to exfoliate the skin - one, to use a physical exfoliator and two, to use a chemical exfoliator. Chemical exfoliators are to do with using face acids to get rid of dead skin cells. Lactic or glycolic acids are good face acids to exfoliate sensitive skin. Physical exfoliators like face scrubs with granules are great for oily and acne-prone skin. They contain jojoba beads, walnut shell, sugar or salt grains. You can give both of them a shot and see which of these work best for your skin.