Exfoliation is one of those things we need to do routinely to help ensure our skin is as healthy as possible. While our skin naturally sheds dead cells over time, it isn’t always the best at it on its own. Cells can end up clumping together and not quite coming free in some areas. This can result in dull-looking skin. Additionally, the cells can sometimes end up getting caught up in your skin’s natural oils alongside dirty and debris from your day to day life. As a result, we need to help our skin along from time to time. Exfoliating your skin properly involves doing more than exfoliating regularly to keep your skin healthy. There are roughly three steps that you can use to help make the most of exfoliation and ensure that your skin remains healthy, clean, and resilient. Let’s take a quick look at these three steps so that you know what is necessary to keep your skin maintaining a natural glow.

Rinse and Cleanse
Many people don’t always understand why they need to do this before exfoliating. The truth is that most of our products tends to work better on cleaner skin. Exfoliating products are no different. Removing built up layers of oils and grime gives the exfoliating product better access to the skin and other layers grime to help remove them. As a result, the first step you’ll want to take is rinsing your face with lukewarm to warm water. Avoid hot water or you’ll run the risk of damaging and drying out your skin. This will potentially sensitize it and end up making the actual exfoliating step that much rougher on your skin. Try to stick with a gentle cleanser that will clear away oils without aggravating your skin. These tend to be clearly marked so people can make an informed decision. Making this effort will pay off in the long run by ensuring your skin is as clean as possible in three separate ways by the time you’re done.

Exfoliate
Your actual choice in how to exfoliate is going to depend on personal preference. There are, broadly speaking, two categories of exfoliating product: physical and chemical. Physical exfoliating products encompass everything from rice powders to scrubs. These are the products you need to physically rub against your skin over their entire duration to get their effect. They use rough substances to literally rub away the dead skin cells and make them let go. Unfortunately, physical exfoliating products tend to run the highest risk of aggravating the skin of your face. That’s why many people tend to stick with gentle chemical exfoliating products. These products focus on using skin-friendly concentrations of acids to help break down the dead skin cells and grime left on your skin. Properly following their instructions generally means you’ll experience a little dry skin at worst. Making sure you’re using a gentle product tends to be key to use a chemical exfoliating product as only people with oily skin can generally handle more potent products.

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Moisturize
The last thing we all need to do to ensure that we get the most from exfoliating is to moisturize our skin afterwards. It doesn’t matter whether you used a physical exfoliating product or a chemical one. Your skin will likely be a bit irritated after exfoliating regardless of that choice. Moisturizing your skin serves multiple purposes. The most obvious one is that it helps to return moisture to your skin after being potentially dried out over the course of cleansing and exfoliating. Avoiding dry skin will reduce the chances of your skin becoming sensitized and ensure it stays healthy. Moisturizing also helps to soothe the skin. Your skin enjoy all that moisture and it helps ease any inflammation that does happen. Lastly, it helps to restore your skin’s natural moisture barrier that will have been slightly compromised by cleansing and exfoliating. This will ensure your skin is better able to handle any forms of potential damage that comes it way in a given day.

Proper skincare always involves more steps than you might think. Exfoliation is no different. Rinsing and cleansing help to prepare your skin for proper exfoliation as much as moisturizing it afterwards helps to soothe any inflammation. Ensuring that all of these steps exist in your skincare routine will move your skin towards greater overall health. All you have to do is commit to them.

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