Exfoliation of facial skin is one of the cheapest, easiest ways you can keep your skin youthful and fresh as well as to help keep your skin looking even-toned and bright. You don’t need fancy tools like those spinning brush tools and machines or professional treatments, although those also can often yield great results.
A simple exfoliation pad is ALL you need
You really only need an exfoliation pad to keep in your shower and by your sink, some good exfoliation crystals or cream with crystals, and water.
It’s important when exfoliating the face that you don’t over do it. Some people apply too much pressure and actually abrade the skin and irritate it excessively. While this is partly the point since abrading the skin causes (forces) new skin cell turnover, it also can be over done to the point where harm is done to the skin.
How often to exfoliate facial skin?
Exfoliation can be done to the face every night if very gentle pressure is applied, or as often as twice a week with moderate pressure. Anyone getting a professional grade treatment like microdermabrasion or its more serious “parent” dermabrasion, would only be able to get these deeper treatments about once a week or less. That’s because the skin needs time to heal in between more invasive, deeper tissue treatments like this.
When you apply pressure and abrasion to the skin, whether manually or with a machine of some sort, you are essentially removing protective outer layers of skin and dead skin cells, forcing the skin to quickly regenerate the lost protection and replace the old skin cells. This means younger, newer, and healthier looking skin cells.
Some temporary irritation is normal
Of course, that’s not what it looks like right away. When you first do a major exfoliation, your skin tends to look red and irritated, and your imperfections may stand out even more than usual. For example, acne scars or age spots may actually look worse for a day or two until the skin begins to regenerate that outer protective layer.
Follow up with a serum and moisturizer – lots of it
It’s important to follow up an exfoliation, whether a lighter one or deeper one, with a soothing treatment such as a hyaluronic acid serum (like the one we offer) since it helps infuse moisture and water back into the skin. Then follow that up with a very serious moisturizer in cream form.
This will help keep the skin protected and moist since it may tend to get dry afterwards if not protected. When you lose that outer layer of skin, you may lose some natural moisture as well as the barrier that keeps moisture in temporarily so it’s important to replenish that right away.
It’s absolutely imperative that you avoid sun exposure after an exfoliation by applying a serious SPF cream (nontoxic of course!) The sun can penetrate your skin even more readily after an exfoliation. Particularly a deeper exfoliation which can leave you even more exposed to UV ray penetration than usual.
You will find that with diligence, regular exfoliation (tailored to the tolerance of your skin) can make a huge difference in how your skin looks over time. It can certainly help soften the aging process as well by forcing new skin cell turnover and preventing find lines and wrinkles from progressing.