We all crave youthful, glowing skin and will go to great lengths to nurture and achieve it. One thing your skin will benefit from is through use of the right facial scrub in order to exfoliate and rid it of dead skin cells, which give it a dull, lackluster appearance. Below are some of the benefits of exfoliating:
- Removes dead cells from the skin, revealing fresher and glowing skin.
- It encourages skin cell turnover, brightening your complexion.
- Stimulates the growth of new skin cells, leading to fresh and more even skin tone.
- Helps with blood circulation, which in turn promotes healthier skin
- Sloughs off dry, flaky skin to give you a smoother look
- Effectively removes dirt and sebum from the skin’s surface and pores
- Exfoliating skin makes it easier for your skin to absorb skin products. It also helps makeup go on and ‘sit’ better on your skin
Having said that, not all scrubs are good for your skin, and some could even lead to redness, irritation, or even full-blown breakouts. You need to be careful in choosing the right facial scrub that is most ideal for your skin type. Below are some pointers to help you in doing so:
People with normal skin do not have as many complications with their skin, as is the case with other skin types. In fact, it means you’re able to use more products than any other skin type, without aggravating it.
For normal skin types, a scrub that contains multiple buffing agents, and can be used every day, is ideal. If you have never used face scrub before, you may want to use your chosen scrub every other day, before progressing to using it daily.
Dry skin is perhaps the skin type that needs exfoliation the most, as it’s prone to flaky skin. The scrub serves to slough off dead skin cells, thus reducing flakiness. If your skin is dry, you need to be careful not to go with a harsh scrub, to avoid causing further dryness and stripping your skin of its natural oils. The ideal scrub for dry skin is one that moisturizes and hydrates skin as it buffs away the dry layers. Look out for ingredients such as honey, as it draws moisture to skin. Start off by exfoliating once or twice a week and thereafter, lather on a good moisturizer.
Oily skin is the most difficult to deal with! I should know because this is my skin type. It’s also the type most likely to be prone to blockages and breakouts, as it generates a lot of sebum that then clogs up your pores. When looking for a scrub suitable for oily skin, look for a deep cleansing one that will purify your pores; to guard against clogging, which will ultimately lead to blackheads and spots.
You also want to look for scrubs that minimize oil production. Salicylic acid is a very good ingredient to watch out for. Exfoliate 2-3 times a week. With oily skin, you need to be careful not to exfoliate, as it can lead to over production of sebum, which would then cause further problems. Always apply a non-greasy moisturizer afterwards.
Many people with sensitive skin tend to very wary of exfoliating because they fear they might cause or worsen the situation, as their skin doesn’t always agree with a lot of cosmetic products. This skin type is very easily aggravated. But if you have this skin type, you can still exfoliate, you just have to look for gentle scrubs and/or ones that contain enzymes. These are ideal for sensitive skin, as they gently break down the bonds that hold together the dead skin cells. If you have this type skin, you’re best off easing your skin into exfoliating, so try using a scrub once a week until you’re confident your skin can take it.
Do you exfoliate your skin regularly? What product works for you?