Is your skin feeling dry, tight or flaky? Exfoliating regularly will help to reveal softer, smoother skin but exactly how often should you do it? Read on to find out how often you should exfoliate.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF EXFOLIATING?
Regularly exfoliating the skin can have many benefits but it primarily helps lift excess dead skin cells from the skin so that younger, brighter skin cells can come to the surface. A great way to boost circulation and rejuvenate the skin, incorporating regular exfoliation into your skin care regime can also:
- Unclog congested pores
- Improve skin texture
- Increase skin cell turnover
- Help the skin better absorb moisturisers and serums
- Help make-up and fake tan products sit better on the skin
WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN CHOOSING AN EXFOLIATOR
Over-scrubbing the skin can cause irritation so it is best to choose a gentle scrub made with small natural grains. Large grains may tear the skin so are best avoided. At Green People, we use a combination of ingredients such as Bamboo Stem extract, Bentonite Clay and Cranberry Seed powder to gently, but effectively, exfoliate the skin.
Anti-ageing benefits of exfoliators
It is important that you choose the right exfoliator for your skin type. Mature skin is less effective at shedding skin cells so it is best to opt for an anti-ageing scrub designed to boost cell renewal such as Green People’s Age Defy + Soft Buff Exfoliator. Alongside the physical exfoliating particles, this anti-ageing hero also contains Hibiscus extract and Pomegranate and Cranberry seed oils to further brighten and nourish the skin.
A natural lift
Oily and acne-prone skin can be prone to congestion and using a scrub made with clarifying plant extracts such as Bergamot and Pineapple Fruit extract to unblock pores can help these skin types. When choosing a body scrub be wary that harsh exfoliating particles can strip away some of the skin’s natural oils. To counteract this, it is best to choose a body scrub that is rich in nourishing plant oils.
Due to the threat that microbeads pose to our environment, the UK government has banned the use of microbeads in skin exfoliating products. Green People wholly supports this ban, even helping bring it into force alongside Greenpeace and other leading organic beauty brands, who together raised awareness of the dangers of microbeads and presented a petition of over 350,000 signatures to Downing Street.
HOW OFTEN TO EXFOLIATE
How frequently you need to exfoliate depends on many factors including your age and your skin type. As a basic rule, we recommend exfoliating your skin once a week if you have normal skin. If you have very sensitive skin, then you will have to take extra precaution when exfoliating your skin. Our range of organic exfoliators are extremely gentle on sensitive skin but we also recommend not applying too much pressure when massaging the product into the skin.
Skin that is irritated from shaving, sunburn, wounds or allergies should never be exfoliated. This is because the action of rubbing the skin with a coarse ingredient could trigger further irritation and discomfort. We recommend avoiding any form of exfoliation until the inflammation has calmed down completely.
Like mature skin, oily skin can benefit from more frequent exfoliation. This is because in oily and acne-prone skin types, dead cells don't flake off as quickly as normal skin so when these excess skin cells mix with sticky sebum, it can create clogged pores and inflammation. To keep blemishes at bay, we recommend exfoliating oily skin two to three times a week.
HOW TO EXFOLIATE YOUR FACE
- Exfoliate the skin at least once a week, ideally in the evening
- For optimum results, apply your face scrub when in the bath or shower, or just after a bath or shower. The steam will soften any debris and help unclog congested skin
- Apply a pea sized amount of exfoliator to a damp face, neck and décolletage and work the exfoliator into the skin using small circular motions working upwards
- Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water, taking care not to damage skin capillaries by using water that is too hot
HOW TO EXFOLIATE YOUR BODY
- Aim to exfoliate twice a week in the bath or shower
- Massage the scrub over clean, damp skin using, circular motions concentrating on any dry patches
- Rinse thoroughly with warm water before patting the skin dry with a towel
IS IT POSSIBLE TO OVER-EXFOLIATE?
Absolutely yes! Excessive exfoliation speeds up skin-cell turnover to an unhealthy rate. This damages the skin barrier function and leaves skin feeling tight, sensitive, prone to allergic reactions and acne breakouts and in the worst-case scenario, over-exfoliating can lead to infection. If you have accidentally over-exfoliated your skin then we recommend avoiding any form of exfoliation for two to three weeks to allow your skin to heal. After that period, start slowly and re-introduce exfoliating once a week with a gentle face scrub.
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