Most of us by now know the importance of proper cleansing, moisturizing and using a good sunscreen are key elements in keeping a healthy and glowing skin. However, there is another important element which can be added to your skin care health arsenal. Exfoliating. Exfoliation helps in the removal of the cells from the surface area of our skin by speeding up the cycle that our body naturally sheds these cells to give an improved complexion for a temporary period of time.

Types of Exfoliation.

There are two methods of removing the dead skin cells: Chemical and Mechanical exfoliation. A chemical exfoliation is one that uses certain substances that biologically loosen the binding agent between the skin’s outer layers, allowing the skin cells to shed. Mechanical exfoliation, on the other hand is basically any process in which the skin cells are removed by physical friction, i.e.: a loofah or a cleanser, cream within them granules inthem. Chemical exfoliation may be physically gentler on the skin but could be harsher due to the overall strength of the product.

The best method for you.

So how do you decide for which method do you go to? It will depend on your skin type and sensitivity. If you are using strong products to treat conditions like eczema or acne using chemical exfoliants like glycolic and salicylic acids which are found in lotions and washes can cause irritation. Certain mechanical brushes can be helpful in reaching deeper layers of the skin much quicker but can cause some damage if overused and harshly. Pay attention to your skin and how it reacts and choose a method that suits you the best.

How often should exfoliating be done?

Exfoliation is useful when it comes to removing dead skins and giving your face a glowing complexion and making you look fresher, however it also removes layers of skin that help you keep moisturized. Exfoliating should be done not more than twice a month, give importance to your regular skincare practices and once in every two weeks exfoliate will help in removal of dead skin and not cause irritation or trauma to the skin which can come from exfoliating weekly or daily.