By now you’ve heard that exfoliation helps to rid skin of dead skin cells, and you remember all those traditional facial scrubs on the market. But maybe you haven’t exfoliated for a while, and aren’t sure if you should add it to your skincare routine. Or, you are wondering if exfoliating is OK for skin over 40, 50 or 60?
Exfoliation is defined as the natural process of shedding skin. As we get older, your skin’s natural ability to “turn over” or rid itself of dead skin slows, making your skin look older and dull. Some dead skin cells are good to help shield skin from the bacteria and pollutants it is exposed to, but too much not only makes skin look dull, but it stops serums and moisturizers from penetrating the skin properly. Exfoliating helps to expose a layer of new skin that can absorb skincare products properly, and encourages the natural cell replacement process.
The practice of exfoliating is good for skin and should be incorporated into your routine. Here are three quick tips to guide you in adding this practice:
1. Exfoliate Gently
This is especially true for older skin. We want to encourage skin turn over without drying or damaging our skin. Look for natural exfoliators that are made of less abrasive ingredients such as rice. Apply the product in gentle circular motions, massaging into skin.
2. 1 to 3 Times a Week
You don’t need to exfoliate every day to see the benefits. Adding exfoliation one to three times a week as a special treatment is all that is needed. Be sure to cleanse your face first, and then apply your exfoliator; follow with any serums and moisturizers. It is important to hydrate your skin after exfoliating.
3. Try New Powder Exfoliators
Yes, we said "powder." These are relatively new in the market, and typically very gentle. Often made from rice or bamboo, they have finer gains than traditional scrubs and are packaged dry, so they are easy to add to your toiletry kit. Many also have added benefits (like brightening) from ingredients such as vitamin C, or oils to aid hydration; giving you an added boost for skin. Most powder exfoliators work by adding water to a little of the powder in your hand, mixing it into a paste, and then applying to your skin.