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Why Should I Exfoliate My Skin and How Often?

May 6, 2010 by  
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Should I Exfoliate My Skin?

Exfoliation is an important process in maintaining clean and healthy skin.  Exfoliation removes dead skin cells on the surface of your skin (the epidermis) keeping your skin cleaner, smoother and brighter.

Less is More

Regular exfoliation can create glowing, smooth skin, but if you over-exfoliate you can do damage. Everyone’s skin is different, and the frequency of exfoliation is determined by your skin type and general skin health. Also the type of exfoliation product you should use is also determined by your general skin type.

Sensitive/Delicate Skin Type

If you have sensitive skin, you need to exfoliate very gently.  Homemade products work great to exfoliate sensitive skin, I love using natural ingredients like rice powder and old fashioned oatmeal since this kind of skin is unpredictable in its reaction to chemicals.

If you have sensitive skin, you can exfoliate 1-2 times per week. I recommend starting at once per week for the first few weeks.  A simple blend of oatmeal and water can soothe sensitive skin’s irritation and is a also a great way to gently buff away dead skin cells. Use 1 to 2 tablespoons of oatmeal with water. Apply to the skin using gentle circular motions.  Leave it on your skin for up to twenty minutes before rinsing.

Normal to Dry Skin

If your skin is mostly normal with specific areas of dehydration, exfoliating 1x per week is all you need to maintain a glowing appearance.  A great ingredient to look for in your exfoliant is glycolic acid. Glycolic acid is generally used as a natural skin exfoliant and moisturizer—making it a perfect remedy for normal to dry skin.

Normal to Oily Skin

If you have normal to oily skin, exfoliation should can be done at least 2 times a week, at most, although the tendency to exfoliate everyday is tempting since it feels like it controls and reduces excessive oil secretion—but remember, less is more.  Over-exfoliating can actually cause your skin to stimulate more oil from your sebaceous glands.  Use exfoliants containing polyurethane and silicone beads which are gentle on the skin and thoroughly remove dead skin cells.  Following up with a clay mask treatment may also help control oil.  Remember, you only need to treat the oily areas of your face (usually the T-Zone) with oil absorbing products like clay masks or salicylic acid.

Normal Skin

Normal, balanced skin can be exfoliated up to 2 times per week.  Any type of exfoliant like a chemical, enzyme or scrub, or a combination of each is acceptable. To exfoliate, you can use ‘scrubs’ which are typically grainy and coarse so be gentle.  Scrubs work by removing the top layer of dead skin cells that tend to dull your complexion. Make sure you use a gentle scrub with tiny grains. Big grains can tear skin and cause more harm than good.

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About Valentina Chistova

Valentina Chistova is a world-renowned aesthetician and beauty expert whose experience encompasses all facets of skin care and body treatments. Internationally trained, educated and certified, Valentina has devoted more than twenty years to her profession.

Valentina is a member of the National Cosmetology Association and a CIDESCO candidate (Comite International Desthetique et de Cosmetologie Desthetique), which is the highest degree of beauty therapy certification available in the United States and worldwide. Most recently, Valentina completed a rigorous training program with the Spanish organization Wontersaf, one of the world’s leading centers for trichology, capillary diagnostics and scalp and hair treatment to combat hair loss and other hair dysfunctions. Valentina also holds a Registered Nursing Degree from Kharkov State University and Cosmetology degrees from the Kharkov Medical Institute in the Ukraine and the Capri Institute of Cosmetology in New Jersey.

Valentina is the owner and director of skin care for Aquamedica Salon and Day Spa in Long Branch NJ.

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