Exfoliating your skin not only improves its health, but often leaves your skin feeling softer than it normally feels as well. This sensation is one of the reasons some of us end up obsessed over exfoliating properly. There are a few considerations you must remember when exfoliating though. Picking the right exfoliant is important, but so is remembering there is a distinct difference when it comes to exfoliating your face and exfoliating your body. Each of these categories of skin possesses different levels of tolerance. Many of us got tips when we first started exfoliating, but not everyone was quite so lucky. OROGOLD has put together a quick primer on the differences between exfoliating your face and your body to help you avoid easy mistakes if no one ever took you aside to explain exfoliation properly.
One of the major differences to remember about exfoliating your face is that the skin of your face is both thinner and more sensitive than the skin of your body. We’re not just talking about your lips or around your eyes either. Your face as a whole is comparatively thin-skinned and can’t take as much as the rest of your body. This means you need to consider what you use on your face carefully. Chemical exfoliants, acid or enzyme based, are often good choices for use on the face as they avoid the possible downsides of physical exfoliants like accidentally damaging the skin by scrubbing too hard. The fact is that it is possible for the chemical exfoliants to hurt your skin as well if you’re not careful too. As a result, finding the right exfoliant for your face is typically much harder than finding a good one for your body.
As OROGOLD just highlighted, your face’s skin is thinner than your body’s skin. This means you don’t necessarily need to put as much effort into finding a product your body can tolerate, but we suggest you do. A good salt or sugar scrub is often enough for most people. The best thing you can do for your body skin is to look carefully at the ingredients of any scrub you select and see what other benefits you can get beyond pure exfoliation. Supporting your skin’s health as your exfoliate helps to boost the skin’s health in several ways at once. Physical scrubs are typically one of the best ways to go about exfoliating your body because some areas of skin get thicker than others. The soles of the feet are particularly infamous for this. A physical scrub helps deal with the extra skin easier than a chemical exfoliant does.
Whether you’re exfoliating your face or your body, you need to remember that you’re still dealing with your skin. You can be more flexible with body exfoliation, yes, but you need to remember your overall skin type when doing so. Exceptions exist for every rule. Your largest concern when exfoliating should be paying attention to how your skin reacts afterwards. Keep an eye out for lasting redness and sensitivity as this is a sign that your skin is having difficulty with your product choice or the frequency with which you’re exfoliating. Your face and your body shouldn’t need to be exfoliated more than once or twice a week at most. That’s an average though. Finding out what your skin will tolerate is part of learning to take proper care of it.
Skin is skin whether it is on your face or your body. This doesn’t mean there aren’t a few differences. The resilience of the skin of your body allows it to take the day-to-day punishment you might put it through when lying down somewhere or leaning on a rough surface without it being damaged. Your face’s skin is better able to show your expressions and reveal what you’re feeling than your body’s skin ever will be. OROGOLD hopes this helps you realize that all of your skin has its own particular functions and that you should care for each section in the ways best suited for them.