Question marks hanging over your head when you hear someone talk about exfoliation? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. If you’re looking for a reliable way to get glowing skin at home, look no further! Exfoliation is a blessing in disguise if done correctly.
Starting with the basics, let’s talk about why one should exfoliate
Our skin is pre-programmed to replace dead skin cells with new ones every 28 to 40 days (this process is called cell turnover) but, sometimes dead cells don’t shed completely which leads to a dull and flaky skin appearance. This prevents your skin from having an oh-so-smooth texture, which also translates to even application of foundation. Moreover, dead skin cells on the topmost layer of the skin make it difficult for moisturizers or other hydration products to seep in, thus reducing absorption.
An easy way to avoid all this hassle is exfoliation. Take our word for it, once you make exfoliation a part of your skincare routine, there’s no turning back!
Exfoliation involves removing dead skin cells from your skin using a chemical or physical exfoliator, giving way to happy and healthy skin. If you’re confused about which one to choose or how they’re different, read on to know the difference.
Physical exfoliation involves techniques that use manual scrubbing. You’ve probably seen a variety of physical exfoliants like loofahs, brushes, and body scrubs. These scrubs use exfoliating particles like finely ground coffee, sugar, or other particles to help with exfoliation.
If you’re new to the exfoliation routine, remember to start small! Go in with products that are gentle on your skin, and don’t be too hard. A common misconception is that one needs to scrub their skin harshly to get rid of dead skin cells, whereas, being soft will get you the desired results and avoid any micro-tears in the process.
Don’t worry if you’re new to the concept. Start with a nourishing and gentle scrub, and you’ll get the hang of it as you go. You can check out our Naked & Raw Coffee Body Scrub. Or, if you’re looking for a physical exfoliator for the face, go in for the Coffee Face Scrub.
Very different from a physical exfoliator, a chemical exfoliator works to break the bond between dead cells and the skin, making it easier for them to detach. While physical exfoliants do so manually, acids remove the outer layers of the skin chemically. These exfoliators usually consist of one of the following - AHAs, BHAs, salicylic acid, among others. Even though the word ‘acid’ sounds extreme - chemical exfoliators are great to get that exfoliated glow on!
Now if you’re wondering if you can use both physical and chemical exfoliants, the answer is a little complicated. Even though there’s nothing wrong with using both physical and chemical exfoliants together, it is rather unnecessary. Dermatologists say that one is sufficient to get the job done. Moreover, it can be troublesome to get the right match of acids to go with the ingredients of physical exfoliants. Another thing to keep in mind is that physical exfoliators tend to work better for dry or sensitive skin, while chemical exfoliators are more beneficial for oily skin. Whichever way you choose to go, the results are bound to be good!
Ultimately, whether you pick physical exfoliants or chemical ones will depend on your individual skincare needs. If you have an underlying skincare condition try to avoid exfoliation until it has healed, otherwise, it may aggravate the condition. We recommend conducting a patch test before trying out new products and seeking medical attention for any skin reactions.
How often should you exfoliate?
Dead skin cells accumulate on our skin almost every day. Additionally, our skin is subjected to physical irritants like pollution, dust particles, and sun rays. All of this makes exfoliation extra important! Unfortunately, it doesn’t work as a one-time charm.
The trick with exfoliation is to start slow and build it up from there. If you have dry or sensitive skin, start with a mild exfoliant and use it once or twice a week. For oily, normal, or combination skin, thrice a week is great.
But remember to never over-exfoliate. Stop if you see any signs like dry skin, redness, or patches. Too much of anything never turns out well. By over-exfoliating, you’re putting your skin at risk of damaging the skin barrier, breakouts, or premature ageing.
Here’s how you can begin slowly, and ease into the exfoliation regime
- Step 1 - On damp skin, apply the scrub and gently scrub in a circular motion.
- Step 2 - Rinse with warm water(not hot) and pat dry.
- Step 3 - Apply a lotion or body butter.
Always remember to moisturize and apply broad-spectrum SPF after exfoliation. This will allow the hydration to seep in deeper and protect freshly exfoliated skin. Also try paying special attention to areas like the feet, lips, elbows, and knees when exfoliating.
Foot exfoliation is an awesome way to keep your feet in shape for summer, and doing it regularly will keep them baby soft. Our Coffee Foot Scrub with Peppermint makes for a great refreshing scrub. Similarly, for lips, exfoliation provides an easy fix for chapped lips as well.
Other alternatives include DIY scrubs. You can likely get all the ingredients you need from your kitchen. Here’s how you can make and use a homemade coffee scrub.
- Ingredients: Half a cup coconut oil, sugar, and coffee grounds.
- Mix the dry ingredients and stir while pouring in the coconut oil until you’re left with a thick paste.
- After wetting your skin, gently apply and rub the mixture on your body.
- Rinse, pat dry and moisturize.
Hopefully, we were able to guide you in your exfoliation journey, and you’re confident about giving it a try!