If you aren’t exfoliating your skin on a regular basis, you’re missing out on one of the easiest and most effective ways to clean your pores. Over time, dirt, oil, dust and dead skin cells build up in the thousands of tiny pores found on the surface of our skin. These impurities will gradually degrade both the look and health of your skin, increasing the visibility of your pores (which is bad!) and encouraging the production of blackheads and whiteheads. So, how do you combat this all-too-common?
The solution to cleansing and revitalizing your skin is exfoliation. This process relies on the use of a semi-abrasive lotion, cream or scrub to physically work out any stubborn impurities lingering in your pres. There are literally hundreds of different skin exfoliation products on the market, some of which contain salt extracted from the Dead Sea, while others are more basic and consist of nothing more than a sugar-based lotion. While the ingredients found in exfoliation products varies, they all serve the same basic purpose — to scrub and remove unwanted impurities lingering in your pores.
Take a Hot Shower Before Exfoliating
Here’s a helpful tip for exfoliating your skin: take a nice hot shower beforehand. The steam rising from the shower will naturally open up your pores, allowing the exfoliation cream or lotion to extract impurities more easily. If you’re going to exfoliate, hop in the shower for 10 minutes first. In addition to opening your pores, it will also soften your skin with hydration, which, of course, is beneficial for its own reason. You don’t have to spend half an hour or longer in the shower, as a quick 10-minute ‘hot’ shower is more than enough to prep your skin.
Don’t Overdo It
One of the most common skincare mistakes people make is over-exfoliation. After seeing the results of your freshly exfoliated skin for the first time, you’ll probably want to continue doing it. Unfortunately, exfoliating your skin too often can literally damage your pores. A good rule of thumb is to stick to once-a-week exfoliation treatments. Exfoliating more frequently than this amount will leave your skin vulnerable to damage.
When you’re using an exfoliation product on your skin, remember to scrub ‘lightly’ and not aggressively. The abrasive ingredients contained within an exfoliation product can pull off your healthy skin cells if you aren’t careful. Go slow and gently rub the cream on your skin in a clockwise motion. When you are finished, thoroughly rinse your skin to remove it.