This article is about
“How to Naturally Exfoliate Your Face and Body”
Exfoliates your face and skin…!!!!!
You may hear about this a lot.!!!!
Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin from the outer layer of your skin.
Exfoliation is a very nice procedure if done safely by a professional, if you may not give it complete attention and will not do properly it can damage your skin and leads to increase redness and acne breakouts.
It’s a common thought that exfoliation improves blood circulation that’s why improves the appearance of their skin, but it’s not for every person.
As you will not perform it properly its harm is more dangerous than its benefits.
First make it clear which type of skin do you have then you can choose the exfoliation type, as every type will not work for every skin type.
Here I will first be named skin type than write its better exfoliation type. But I may suggest exfoliating your face, leg, and skin by homemade exfoliates.
Later in this article, I will describe some homemade exfoliate like sugar exfoliates, homemade sugar face scrub, and how to exfoliate your face naturally.
Before exfoliating your face, The best way to get glowing skin is to use natural exfoliant for your face and body but.
It should be according to the type of your skin. The most common skin type is.
- Sensitive skin. may sting or burn after product use for exfoliating.
- Normal skin. It is clear and not sensitive so will be clean and start glowing after exfoliation.
- Dry skin is flaky, itchy, or rough. Will start burning feeling if excessively exfoliates.
- Oily skin is shiny and greasy will be ok with exfoliation.
- Combination skin is dry in some areas and oily in others so react surprisingly as well.
How to use homemade face exfoliates or how we use homemade body scrub for glowing skin, is very necessary to know before doing it.
Exfoliation can be performed by two main methods or we can say there are two types of exfoliants
- Mechanical/ physical method
- Chemical method.
In the Mechanical/Physical method of exfoliation, we use tools such as brush, scrub, and sponge to physically remove dead skin.
Here I may give your brief description of physical exfoliants are things like
- Scrubs (apricot scrub, walnut scrub, sugar scrub, salt scrub).
Procedures come in Physical Exfoliation.
All comes under physical exfoliation as they are kind of removing the top dead layer.
In the chemical method of exfoliation, chemicals like alpha and beta hydroxy acids are generally used, to gently dissolve dead skin cells.
As I must say chemical exfoliants come under this heading. These are acids like
- Alpha hydroxy acid
- Beta hydroxy acid
Alpha Hydroxy Acids
Alpha hydroxy acid is water-soluble easily penetrates the skin a little bit deeper.
It holds on the water in the skin so Alpha-hydroxy gives moisturizing properties.
Beta Hydroxy Acids
Beta hydroxy acid is oil soluble and focuses in the pores.
Now the issue rise is which is the best one chemical exfoliant or a physical or mechanical one?
In my opinion, chemical exfoliants are best.
Yes, I have a valid reason for this. Actually, I find chemical exfoliants are less problematic and safer while have a specific role in all types of skin. When it comes to physical exfoliants there is a much bigger room for error, it can cause a lot more irritation plus to have a tendency to overdo it with them scrub too hard and that can really get you into a lot of trouble
Dermatologists generally recommend five basic considerations to avoid skin damage while exfoliating. They are.
- Continue skin products already you are using.
- Choose an exfoliation method that suits your skin type
- Gently loves your skin
- After exfoliation, you may apply moisturizer.
- How Often you should do exfoliate your skin.
Dermatologists recommend some simple changes in the skincare routine to let it soothes enough skin.
- Prevent baths and showers from making dry skin worse. When your skin is dry, be sure to:
- Close the bathroom door
- Limit your time in the shower or bath to 5 or 10 minutes
- Use warm water
- Wash with a gentle, fragrance-free cleanser
- Apply enough cleanser to remove dirt and oil, but avoid using so much that you see a thick lather
- Blot your skin gently dry with a towel
- Slather on the moisturizer immediately after drying your skin
- Wear lip balm. Choose a lip balm that feels good on your lips. Some healing lip balms can irritate your lips. If your lips sting or tingle after you apply the lip balm, switch to one that does not cause this reaction.
- Use only gentle, unscented skincare products. Some skincare products are too harsh for dry, sensitive skin. When your skin is dry, stop using:
- Deodorant soaps
- Skincare products that contain alcohol, fragrance, retinoids, or alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA)
- Wear gloves. Our hands are often the first place we notice dry skin. You can reduce dry, raw skin by wearing gloves. Be sure to put gloves on before you:
- Go outdoors in winter
- Perform tasks that require you to get your hands wet
- Get chemicals, greases, and other substances on your hands
- Choose non-irritating clothes and laundry detergent. When our skin is dry and raw even clothes and laundry detergent can be irritating. To avoid this:
- Wear cotton or silk under your clothing made of wool or another material that feels rough
- Use laundry detergent labeled “hypoallergenic”
- Stay warm without cozying up to a fireplace or other heat source. Sitting in front of an open flame or another heat source can dry your skin.
- Add moisture to the air. Plug in a humidifier. If you can check your home heating system, find out if you have a humidifier on the system — and whether it is working.
Continue skin products already you are using.
Exfoliating your skin using chemical or medication easily available over the counter may cause skin damage like skin to become more sensitive or start peeling off.
Retinoids products and creams containing benzoyl peroxide which are using for exfoliation and related products may worsen dry skin and can cause acne breakouts.
Choose an exfoliation method that suits your skin type
Dry, Sensitive, and Acne-prone skin. These types of skin while doing mechanical exfoliation at home should prefer just a warm washcloth, as mechanical exfoliation must be very irritating for these skin types.
Oily, thicker skin. Skin which is oily and basically thicker as compared to sensitive ones can use stronger chemical exfoliators or mechanical as well.
Darker skin tone. People with darker tone skin should avoid strong chemical and mechanical exfoliators, However, if you may have a noticeable darker spot sometime aggressively stronger exfoliation might be done but it can result in dark spots on the skin.
Be gentle to your skin.
Be gentle with your skin when you may start doing exfoliation first try to get results with a homemade body scrub for glowing skin and use natural exfoliant for the face rather than chemical and harsh mechanical exfoliators.
How to use it properly.
If you use a scrub or chemical exfoliator, apply the product gently using small, circular motions.
Do this for about 30 seconds, and then rinse off with lukewarm.
If you use a brush or sponge, use short light strokes.
Never exfoliate if you have open cuts or wounds or if your skin is sunburned.
After exfoliation, you may apply moisturizer.
Chemical or mechanical exfoliators may result in drying to the skin. Apply moisturizer immediately after exfoliating to keep your skin healthy and hydrated.
How Often you should exfoliate Skin.
How many times we should repeat exfoliations? This is totally depending on the type and method you are using for exfoliations. Means chemical or mechanical or mild or strong exfoliators are you using.
Generally, the more aggressive the exfoliation, the less often it needs to be done. Be careful not to over-exfoliate, as this could lead to skin that is red and irritated.
How to Exfoliate face naturally
Before moving forward, I may first explain the skin and its layer.
Skin internal structure.
I think before describing how to exfoliate, the best homemade exfoliation scrub, how to exfoliate naturally I should explain skin structure to get well understanding to get the best result and prevent skin from damage.
As we heard a lot about exfoliation help in improving the health of the skin so for a complete understanding of how and what exfoliation will do to improve skin glow and look we have to understand skin structure. The epidermis of thick skin has five layers: stratum basale, stratum spinosum, stratum granulosum, stratum lucidum, and stratum corneum. The stratum basale is a single layer of cells primarily made of basal cells.
Your skin consists of five layers.
- Stratum Basale.
- Stratum spinosum
- Stratum granulosum
- Stratum lucidum
- Stratum corneum
Skin Epidermis a thick of five skin layers. Different by cell types will differently behave during times in their life they attain different levels of maturity. And differentiation states at the very bottom layer, in their life different maturity levels or differentiation states at the very bottom layer. As they get a mature move up from the newest layer to the mature one.
The very newest freshly baby layer is S. Basale which when get mature convert to the S. corneum layer the uppermost and mature one.
Once they reached it may become dead and flatten, but it acts like shingles on the roof. Protect our skin to hold moisture.
stratum corneum plays a vital role in the health of your skin it basically is a barrier it protects your skin from stuff getting in irritating compounds and beyond that, it also helps keep water in your skin so that barrier becomes compromised.
you have more loss of water out of the skin can lead to dryness irritation flares of acne and skin problems, so to protect skin from these hurdles’ stratum corneum plays a pioneering role.
How to perform Exfoliation.
When we perform exfoliation or exfoliate our skin, we are removing the stratum corneum part.
More accurately this removal is depending on how aggressively and how often we may perform exfoliation. So, by exfoliation dead layer that is corneum is going to removed.
By these means, you may get smoothing out your surface of the skin. But, in certain skin conditions, a little bit residue of skin remains over there that may leave skin looking dull. Acne is the best example where you cannot work over that properly so a bit delay in the shedding of that top layers leads to plug up pore result in a flare of acne.
Exfoliation helps products to give the best results.
By exfoliation or to exfoliate your face, as discussed removal of dead skin performed so it may leave a clean and clear field that helps active ingredients to get into the skin deep and give the best result.
Medical conditions you should not perform Exfoliations
Skin those conditions if you may suffer with them avoid performing exfoliation.
- Keratosis pilaris
- Post-inflammatory Hyperpigmentation.
Keratosis Pilaris. (ker-uh-TOE-sis pih-LAIR-is)
Keratosis pilaris is a very common but harmless skin condition but this may cause dryness, rough and tiny bump, and patches in the skin.
In keratosis where some of the dead skin build-up around hair follicles leading to dry bump that actually become inflamed and by the time get red in color will not shed as quickly as normal skin and may leave skin looking dull and fade.
Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH).
Before exfoliating your face just check out, These are marking and spots after pimples. When we perform exfoliation in these conditions of the skin, they can be even more aggravating and distressing than pimples.
Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is discoloration of the skin that follows an inflammatory wound.
It is the skin’s natural response to inflammation. This is just the turnover of the skin cells and the shedding so, exfoliating can kind of help in lifting out some of that hyperpigmentation and brightening up those areas of dark spots.
Before exfoliating confirm is this for you.
Here, I just want to divert your attention to the point of why??? Yes, why we are always ready to exfoliate our skin?
Did you ever think is it your skin needs now?
Do you really have to get exfoliate your face, your skin, your legs, and your body??
The main culprit here is the skincare market who may intentionally create this super hype.!!!!
Yes, the hype that everyone is looking for exfoliators. This is like they are cramming it down everyone’s throat.
People are convinced, they all need exfoliating ingredients.
Excessive exfoliation Harm your Skin.
Here is a point when you wash your face uppermost skin washout by that, yes simple washing your face is helping to remove the top layer of skin.
Then why everyone is wanting to exfoliate your face?
Before get in exfoliation is it necessary ? is it really compelling? To incorporate exfoliating.
As the top layer which may be lost by exfoliation is a barrier protecting your skin from the outside world, it may hold water to keep your skin hydrated to avoid dryness.
it also keeps water in so over-exfoliating can lead to a lot of irritation, dryness and that can cause flares of acne. So, it is an over-hyped in my opinion but yes it plays a role in improving and smoothing certain skin conditions.
Exfoliant’s best place to use.
Physical exfoliants are best for
- The palm of your hands
Because that is where the stratum corneum is the thickest the soles of the feet and the palms of your hands.
I don’t use physical exfoliants on my face but the only one that I would like to use a gentle silicone face brush those battery operated ones whatever those are not necessary but they are kind of nice for people who have a tendency to over to rub too hard on their face.
Chemical exfoliants are best to use in extremely dry skin like
- Keratosis pilaris or Eczema can benefit from alpha hydroxy acid that’s a great chemical exfoliant because they both soften and hydrate and then help exfoliate some of that dry build-up stuff and allow for better skin barrier function.
- Matured skin, mature skin experience a bit of age-related delay in natural turnover of in shedding of the stratum corneum I think alpha hydroxy acid is a good ingredient to incorporate either on the face and a facial moisturizer you’re getting the moisturizing benefits and then just kind of smoothing out that top layer on in a body moisturizer.
- Dry skin people, alpha hydroxy acid is also going to be beneficial for people who have hyperpigmentation issues, it will brighten up and help in the turnover of those areas of hyperpigmentation.
- Oily skin, beta hydroxy acid is best for people who have oily skin and acne and problems with the pores clogging up and that can be incorporated in a skincare routine either in a face wash form. A beta-hydroxy acid exfoliant is a great product for people with oily acne-prone skin.
- Sensitive skin, polyhydroxy acids are the choice for very sensitive skin because it is very gentle, exfoliate very gently and they are also really hydrating for the skin than alpha hydroxy acids.
To exfoliate your face, It is very commonly asked questions about how many times and how often should I exfoliate my face, my skin??
how frequently should you be exfoliating that depends on your skin?
It is totally depending upon your background skin type and what type of exfoliant you are using.
you know if you are using a scrub again, I do not recommend about twice a week but things like a washcloth you are probably using every time you bathe.
It’s just fine the best way to reduce over-exfoliating that once you rinse the skin and you get out of the shower you apply a moisturizer right away that way you have smoothed out the skin.
Use of moisturizer right after the bath you are using to kind of help with that big of a barrier loss that has just occurred.
To exfoliate your face if you are using a chemical exfoliant it depends on the product read the instructions some products have a higher percentage of the acid and are meant to be used with short contact time.
they are frequently marketed as masks so read the instructions on those to make sure that you’re following them, a lot of them will encourage you to use it maybe every other night or two to three nights a week.
if you have acne there’s a very good chance that you are using an acne product like a salicylic acid face wash there’s a good chance you’re using that daily then there is no need to add more exfoliant in your daily skincare routine.
if you have dry skin you’re likely using a moisturizer maybe one that has alpha hydroxy acid in it on a daily basis adding more exfoliating ingredients doesn’t really help you, I mean if you use an ingredient consistently that’s doing the exfoliating you don’t need more.
when we discuss “exfoliate your face”. I see this all the time a question like I’ve been using a beta hydroxy acids face wash and I want to incorporate an alpha hydroxy acids, I always asked if you are using a lot of exfoliating ingredients and that can set you up for a lot of irritation and not really get you very far so don’t feel compelled to use more ingredients especially if your skin is looking healthy and you’re not having any problems. There is no need to stir the pot.
You need to be exfoliating while you’re bathing, you’re washing your face you’re exfoliating your skin that time is really okay like there’s really not you don’t need specific products and if anything as I said this can lead to over-exfoliation dry skin and irritation.
Another thing I will conclude on of course as to be expected for me is that when you use products like this as with every day of your life you have done to protect your skin from the sun because as you’re thinning out the dead layer some of these ingredients can increase your risk of a sunburn specifically alpha hydroxy acids.
These Alpha hydroxy acids have been shown to increase the risk of a sunburn that’s why any time you buy an aha product like a body moisturizer that has lactic acid in it will this product can increase your risk of a sunburn you must wear sunscreen and that’s absolutely true so be really mindful of your sun protection because these ingredients may make you more likely to burn.so avoid exfoliate your face excessively.
anyways guys that is what I can tell you about exfoliating I think it is a little bit overhyped but it plays a role in certain issues and situations.