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Top 5 Ways You're Exfoliating Wrong

by Graeme Sime myHomeBody Staff |

 Exfoliation is great, but doing it the wrong way is a common problem in the world of beauty. Whether you're using the wrong kind of scrub, or not taking care to moisturize afterward, there are many ways that your efforts can be thwarted. Here are the top 5:

1. You're using a body scrub as your daily face wash

Body scrubs are designed to be used once or twice a week, unlike facial cleansers. The exfoliants in the product will cause irritation and over time can lead to breakouts on your skin's surface.

woman cleaning her face with a sponge

2. Your skincare routine lacks exfoliation

Skin needs exfoliating to remove the layer of dead skin cells that have built up on top of your face's surface. Your skincare routine should include a gentle scrub or cleanser three times a week or as much as your skin can handle.

two women wiping face while looking in the mirror

3. You're scrubbing with brush bristles that are too soft or hard

Brushes should be used once per week only, otherwise, they will break down under excessive use. Scrubbing with an overly soft brush will not remove the dead skin cells on your face and scrubbing with a hard brush can do damage to sensitive or dry skin.

woman using metal sponge on her face

4. You're using harsh chemicals as exfoliating scrubs

Your skin has to build up a tolerance to chemical exfoliators so it should be used sparingly. The most common chemical exfoliators are alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), like glycolic acid and lactic acid, and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs), like salicylic acid. It's easy to overuse these products. Start by applying a chemical exfoliator once a week then work your way up.

woman concerned while putting face scrub

5. You're scrubbing way too hard

Your body's natural oils are being removed because they become stripped away from the surface of your skin. Exfoliating too much can cause wrinkles and hyperpigmentation which is not what you want for the appearance of younger-looking skin. You will have redness and feel irritation like itchiness. 

woman using face scrub while looking in the mirror

You may be eager to make your skin cleaner, softer, and younger but you may be doing more harm than good without even knowing it!

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