How to Properly Exfoliate Your Face
No matter how many skin care products you use on your face, dead skin cells will eventually make an appearance. When that dead skin isn’t sloughed away it will cause your complexion to look dull, rough, and may clog your pores. If you’re looking to remove dead skin cells from your face, it’s time you learn the fundamentals of exfoliation. This article will clarify the basic concepts of exfoliation and share 4 steps to help you learn how best to exfoliate your face.
What Causes Dead Skin Buildup?
Before exfoliating your face, we must understand the formation of stratum corneum. The outermost layer of the skin is called the epidermis, and the basal layer below the epidermis continuously generate new skin cells, and the new cells constantly push up the old cells to the surface of skin to form the stratum corneum. A healthy stratum corneum will be metabolized naturally, but is affected by age, diet, and lifestyle habits. Without proper exfoliation it can lead to excessive accumulation of dead keratin, resulting in rough and acne-prone skin and a dull complexion.
Should you exfoliate your face?
When this excessive accumulation of dead keratin occurs, then there will be a need to exfoliate. However, over-exfoliating your face will make the skin lose its ability to lock in moisture and decrease its capability to resist dust and dirt, making the skin sensitive and fragile. We will next highlight key points and steps to consider when exfoliating.
The different methods of exfoliation
There are two main methods for exfoliation, physical and chemical.
Physical exfoliating products remove dead skin cells by requiring you to manually rub the product into your skin.
Chemical exfoliating products use chemicals such as acids and enzymes to soften the keratin, helping the dead skin cells loosen and slough off the skin with a water rinse.
- Physical exfoliating products: Facial scrubs, micro-bead cleansers and other products with grainy particles.
- Chemical exfoliating products: Cleansing products containing fruit acid, salicylic acid, enzymes and other ingredients.
The 4 steps to exfoliate your face and help keratin metabolize
Improper exfoliation of the face will damage the stratum corneum and make the skin sensitive and fragile!
Simply follow these 4 steps on how to properly exfoliate your face if you want to have glowing and healthy skin.
Step 1: Clean the face
When washing your face, you should choose a mild cleanser with simple ingredients to take away the dust and residual cosmetics on the face. After washing your face, do not rush to dry off your face, keep your face damp when applying on the exfoliating products.
Step 2: Use Exfoliating Products
When using exfoliating products, remember the movement has to be slow and gentle, otherwise the stratum corneum may become thinner and lose its ability to protect your skin. Likewise, the skin around your eyes is thin and delicate, so you should rub that area lightly with your finger tips or simply skip the area.
Step 3: Rinse off with water
Whether you use physical or chemical exfoliation, you should thoroughly rinse off the exfoliator with water. Do not rub your face when washing and to avoid irritation always rinse off the exfoliants.
Step 4: Keep the skin hydrated
A proper exfoliation routine would not be complete without the use of a moisturizer. Due to the different thickness of keratin, the skin surface is fragile after exfoliation. Applying moisturizing skin care products, after exfoliation, can calm and soothe the skin. If you are not sure which type of moisturizing skin care products to use, you can choose skin care products that contain the following moisturizing ingredients
- Hyaluronic Acid
- Sodium Pyrrolidone Carboxylic Acid, sodium PCA
- Vitamin B5，Panthenol
- Glycerin / Glycerol
After following these 4 steps to exfoliate your skin, to help the stratum corneum regain its healthy rate of metabolism, you can further apply "stratum corneum care" products to your face..
Injured Stratum corneum can easily lead to sensitive skin! How to help restore the stratum corneum?
If you find that your skin has become irritated after exfoliation, immediately stop using the exfoliating products. It may be that the stratum corneum is damaged and you will need to let the skin rest and regain its stable state. To help the damaged stratum corneum regain its stability, follow these 3 key steps.
1.Wash your face with lukewarm water
When washing your face daily, you should choose mild and gentle skin cleansing products, using lukewarm water to reduce facial irritation.
2. Enhance sun protection
Applying sunscreen can prevent the skin from being damaged by ultraviolet rays. Choose a physical sunscreen, they are less irritating and provide stronger protection for sensitive skin.
3.Avoid using high-concentration skin care products
The water retention capacity of sensitive skin with damaged stratum corneum will decrease, so pay more attention to daily moisturizing. It is best to choose non-irritating, moisturizing and nourishing skin care products.
By Keeping the stratum corneum stable, you can easily have natural, radiant skin without the need to use abrasive exfoliating products.
Cypress Thera hopes that everyone understands the importance of the stratum corneum, and can adopt the correct ways to maintain the skin's stability and keep the stratum corneum stable, to regain healthy and bright radiant skin