Exfoliation removes the dead skin cells from the surface of the skin, allowing the fresh new cells below to shine through, giving you brighter, clearer and smoother skin. However, the skin on the face is far more sensitive than that of the rest of your body, meaning that your exfoliation technique, as well as the exfoliants that you use, need to be adapted to the area that you are exfoliating. OROGOLD takes a look at some of the differences between exfoliating your face and your body that you should be aware of.
Exfoliating Your Face
Since the skin on your face is much more delicate than that of your body, you shouldn’t be exfoliating it as much. Those with a normal skin type should be exfoliating their face twice a week, while those with dry or sensitive skin should not be exfoliating more than once a week. If you have oily skin, you may need to exfoliate more often, as your pores will tend to get clogged up much faster. The exfoliants that you use for your face need to be gentle, as scrubbing and pulling at the skin on the face can quickly lead to inflammation and irritation. OROGOLD reminds you to never exfoliate around your eyes, as this skin is even more sensitive and does not require exfoliation.
Exfoliating Your Body
When it comes to the body, those who have a normal or oily skin type can exfoliate three times a week, while those with dry or sensitive skin should stick to once or twice a week, depending on how your skin reacts to each exfoliation. Exfoliating your body will help to keep your skin soft and your skin tone even, and will also prevent dead skin cells from clogging up the pores of the areas that you have shaved or waxed. Since the skin on the body is tougher than the face, the exfoliants that you use can be slightly harsher, but you should still avoid any exfoliants that may tear at your skin, such as nut shells.
Exfoliating Your Feet
The feet are one part of the body that many people tend to forget to exfoliate, but is just as important as the rest of your body. To exfoliate the bottom of your feet, OROGOLD recommends using a pumice stone for about a minute on each foot at the end of your shower. This will help to keep your feet soft and supple, and will prevent any cracked heels from occurring – something you definitely want to avoid during the summer months!
No matter what exfoliants or exfoliating technique you may use, it is important to listen to what your skin is telling you. If it feels raw and irritated after exfoliation, then you need to use something less harsh and abrasive. OROGOLD reminds you that over-exfoliation will do your skin more harm than good, so be sure to stick to the recommended amounts for both your face and your body.