Many people commit mistakes when scrubbing their skin. This is why damages tend to occur in the deeper layers of the dermis. It is imperative that you know how to properly exfoliate your skin to maintain its smoothness and to prevent damages from occurring.
Let me tell you a few do’s and don’ts when exfoliating your tired looking skin:
1. Do scrub damp skin.
Dampen your skin first before anything else. That being said, the best time to use body or facial scrubs is when you are bathing. Scrubbing dry skin is actually the most common mistake people make. If you make this mistake, the upper layers of your dermis can get damaged.
2. Do not use a body scrub to exfoliate your facial skin.
Use an exfoliating scrub meant for facial skin. Our face has thinner skin layers compared to the body. The exfoliating products meant to slough off dead skin cells on your body might be too harsh for your face.
You might want to try “chemical exfoliating” for your face. This does not have a “sandpaper” effect. It actually involves the use of compounds like Alpha Hydroxy Acids or exfoliating enzymes like papaya and pineapple. Exfoliating enzymes are milder than the scrubs with granules. They work well in breaking down the component that binds dead skin cells to the pores. This will make dead cells easier to remove sans the use of fine granules.
3. Do try natural alpha hydroxy acids.
They work well in peeling the damaged layers of the skin and facilitating a healthy renewal of skin layers. Try using lemon juice or sour milk. Lemon juice contains citric acid while sour milk is a good source of lactic acid. They can slough off dead skin cells and facilitate a healthy renewal of skin tissues and cells.
4. Do apply a hydrating moisturizer after exfoliating.
Seal moisture in your skin using a reliable hydrating moisturizer. Look for a product that contains CynergyTK, Phytessence Wakame and Manuka Honey.
CynergyTK is an ingredient that has been extracted form the wool of sheep. This is one of the most ideal sources of functional keratin. It can help produce more collagen and elastin in the integumentary system so your skin can remain firm and resilient all the time.
Phytessence Wakame is a type of sea kelp that can hamper the loss of hyaluronic acid. This acid is vital for the lubrication of collagen. It can moisturize collagen fibers well.
Manuka Honey is a type of sea kelp that can prevent the sudden loss of skin moisture. It can lock moisture in dermis tissues to reduce skin dryness.