how to do it well?
Too often neglected or poorly performed, exfoliation of the face is nevertheless a essential beauty gesture to get a smooth complexion and luminous skin ! DESSANGE explains everything about this technique and gives you valuable advice on how to do it safely and efficiently.
What is facial exfoliation?
The facial exfoliation goes stimulate and facilitate cell renewal by eliminating dead cells present on the surface of the skin, as well as impurities and excess sebum.
In fact, on a daily basis and without us realizing it, the skin is confronted with numerous external aggressions : pollution, sun, wind etc. To protect itself from these attacks, the skin will react naturally and thicken. The skin will then be drier, the dull, less smooth and less even complexion.
Why exfoliate the skin on your face?
Exfoliating your face will allow the skin to breathe more and regain all its softness and radiance, but also to refine the skin texture and make it smoother and brighter.
In addition, she increases the effectiveness of your facials since the latter can penetrate deeper into the epidermis. For those prone to blackheads, exfoliation also helps to limit their appearance.
How to exfoliate your face?
To properly exfoliate your face you must:
- Choose the right time
- Do the right things
- Establish the right frequency
- Choosing the right exfoliant
When to exfoliate your face?
You can exfoliate your face Once or twice a week, no more so as not to attack your skin. However, listen to your skin and exfoliate it when you feel the need to. For sensitive and reactive skin, it is recommended to space exfoliations at least 10 days apart.
For normal to combination skin, this may be more regular. However, be careful not to do it too often as this will “strip” your skin. This would be counterproductive since to defend itself, your skin could become sensitized and trigger an overproduction of sebum to protect itself.
You can add this exfoliation step to your beauty routine, before applying your serum and moisturizer.
What is the difference between a scrub and an exfoliator?
The difference between scrub and exfoliator lies mainly in the application and the type of product used.
Exfoliation consists of applying a treatment that will remove the small dead skin on the surface of the skin. After exfoliating your face, you find soft, smoother and more luminous skin.
Exfoliation is a technique mechanical exfoliation. In other words, the essential ingredient in exfoliation is movement: friction is the main responsible for the elimination of cells.
Where the exfoliator is typically used as a mask, the scrub won’t work if you just leave it on. You must accompany it with a massage to activate its effectiveness and cleanse your skin thoroughly.
Choosing the right exfoliant
It exists two types of exfoliation : mechanical exfoliation and chemical exfoliation.
Mechanical exfoliation is probably the best known and most used. It consists of massaging the skin using a treatment made up of micro-beads, more or less large according to the need and the type of skin, which will rid it of its dead cells and allow skin cell renewal.
Formulated with acids, chemical exfoliation is gentler on the skin. The mechanical action of exfoliation is replaced by vegetable or synthetic ingredients. Chemical exfoliation acts in depth to stimulate the skin’s exfoliation mechanisms and is applied like a cream or a mask depending on the treatment chosen.
Mistakes to avoid
Do not choose your exfoliant according to your skin type
Each skin has its own type of exfoliant! Dry skin should look to a enzymatic scrub with a soft, moisturizing and nourishing formula.
Sensitive skin can adopt a chemical exfoliant that will cleanse their skin in a deep but smooth.
Combination to oily skin can afford the fine-grained mechanical scrub.
However, there are no hard and fast rules: what is important is that you find the exfoliant that suits you, both in the style of application and in the result. Beyond the type of exfoliant, it is above all the frequency that you will have to adapt to your skin type:oily skin will be able to exfoliate their face Once or twice a week while the sensitive skins or dehydrated should be limited to 2 times a month.
Performing too much exfoliation
Exfoliating your face too much risks weakening the hydrolipidic film of the skin which risks causing sensitivity and redness, or even an overproduction of sebum! We must therefore be careful not to abuse it.
Rub too hard
Rubbing too hard will have almost the same consequences as too frequent exfoliation: the skin will be sensitized, irritated and dried out.