When it comes to going out, you’ve always got your secret weapon: the little black dress. But, do you have a secret skin care weapon? To keep your skin happy and healthy, use the art of exfoliation as your secret weapon.
Don’t be overwhelmed by all the skin care products that reside in the aisle of your favorite drugstore. Instead of trying the latest and greatest creams and foams, try exfoliating. The three basic categories of exfoliators are chemical peels, enzymatic peels, and mechanical exfoliation. However, before you dive in to any of these three categories, take time to figure out which type is best for your skin.
- Normal: Use a glycolic acid chemical peel since your skin isn’t too oily or too dry.
- Dry: Try using a lactic acid peel to provide your skin with more hydration.
- Oily, acne prone: Slather on salicylic acid to break through the skin’s oil barrier, and use its anti-inflammatory properties to calm down your skin.
- Blackheads: Use a facial scrub and skin brush to mechanically exfoliate your skin and open pores.
- Sensitive: Avoid using strong peels or scrubs, and try an enzymatic peel, which is gentler and includes ingredients such as bromelain, papain, and ficain.
Be mindful of how often you exfoliate to ensure you aren’t harming your skin. Be aware of how your skin looks after exfoliation, and take note of how long any redness or discoloration lasts, as these signs indicate that you’re exfoliating too often.
Always remember to use moisturizer immediately following exfoliation to properly hydrate your skin. The best moisturizers contain sun protection, as your skin is always affected by sun exposure however indirect you may think it is. If you have any questions, consult with a professional aesthetician.
Read more about exfoliation in “Exfoliation the ‘little black dress’ of skin care: How to do it right.”