Exfoliating During Quarantine?
Avoid These Three Mistakes
Simply put, the job of an exfoliator is to remove dead skin cells. As you might imagine, this results in a more even skin tone, increased brightness, and unclogged pores, but it also improves circulation and encourages collagen production, which is great for anti-aging. As even more motivation to include this vital step, you won’t get maximum results from the rest of your skincare routine without exfoliation – the products just won’t absorb the same.
If you can’t go to spa due to quarantine, you can do-it-yourself at home. Before you head to the bathroom to scrub those dead cells away, there are some things you should know.
One popular option for exfoliation is a scrub, which loosens skin cells as you massage it onto your face. These are easy to find and even possible as a DIY option, but you’ll want to look out for some common mistakes!
Scrubbing too hard
Exfoliating should be an act of TLC for your skin and not a punishment. Aggressive scrubbing leads to damage and irritation which could result in more frequent breakouts, increased oil production, redness, and/or dryness. Think instead of a gentle face massage and remember that the ultimate goal is skin repair.
Scrubbing too often
The frequency of exfoliation will depend on the product you choose. Generally, you will want to exfoliate 1-3 times per week depending on your skin type and sensitivity level.
Using the wrong scrub
Just because a product is called a facial scrub, doesn’t mean it is a good choice. It’s important to use an exfoliator with granules that are fine and gentle, otherwise you may be causing micro-tears in your skin.
Chemical exfoliants slough off dead skin cells skin using acids or enzymes. They are more gentle than facial scrubs making them ideal if you have acne, eczema, or other sensitivities (or naturally oily skin). Since there are countless over-the-counter options, you need to know which ingredients to look for according to your needs…
- Salicylic acid and Beta Hydroxy Acids: Best for oily and acne-prone skin.
- Glycolic acid and Alpha Hydroxy Acids: Best for reducing sun damage and signs of aging.
- Enzymes: Gentle and effective enough for all skin types and issues.
Once you have given your skin a clean slate, it is essential to moisturize the right way. Our Miracular Skin Essence is the perfect choice to infuse hydration and boost the production of healthy, new skin cells.