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ByAnnie Johnston|Updated: Sept. 21, 2022 2:04 pm EDT

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The desire to have soft, radiating, and glowing skin is nothing new. Even during our grandparents' time, women were gushing over the silver-screen beauties' smooth, glass-like complexions. It was thought that these old-time actresses were just born blessed, that they came out of the womb camera-ready and prepared for their close-ups. According to Travis John Hoffman, a cinematographer and professor at the New York Film Academy, this isn't true. "Vaseline or other substances would be rubbed on the lens or an optical flat (clear piece of glass which sits in front of lens) to give a halation or glowing effect," Hoffman tellsHuffPostregarding the way women looked in Hollywood's Golden Age. "That being said, makeup and lighting also played and still do play a crucial role no matter how much filtration is added."

While it may be comforting to some of us to know that no one was actually ever born perfect, the world of skincare is so far advanced these days that, after putting in a little work, it's possible that one can achieve fantastic real-life results that even the smooth, glowing skin of actresses like Rita Hayworth or Marilyn Monroe would be envious of. In fact, one of the very best options to get you there is exfoliation.

The complex and often misunderstood realm of exfoliation is filled with myths, but the truth is that exfoliating, when done correctly, is a wonderful skin ritual that can benefit many skin types, per theAmerican Dermatology Association. Now, let's uncover why exfoliating is good for you and get you, too, camera-ready.

Exfoliating isn't for sensitive skin

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Everyone with sensitive skin faces a difficult journey when it comes to skincare. Knowing exactly which products will and won't irritate your skin is a tricky battle In fact, many people assume that the fact that because exfoliation is considered a harsher skincare practice automatically means it's irritating and destructive to the skin. While this theory may hold some truth with certain products, it's simply not true that those with sensitive skin cannot exfoliate at all.

"Even sensitive skin may benefit from gentle exfoliation," dermatologist Mary Lupo tellsElle Canada. "Instead of daily physical exfoliation, choose a gentle weekly exfoliation that bathes skin in oxygen, as it rapidly exfoliates, smooths, and hydrates to help brighten skin and clear away dead skin cells. With the exception of active acne, exfoliation can help clarify and support skin that may be prone to breakouts," Lupo explains. "By removing the debris clogging pores and compromising the skin's moisture barrier, your treatments and moisturizers will work more effectively."

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For our sensitive skin beauties, we recommend the Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Ultra Gentle Daily Peel. Specially formulated for dehydrated or sensitive skin, the product's AHA and BHA gentle formula removes the outer layer of dead skin while smoothing fine lines and wrinkles, as hyaluronic acid plumps and soaks moisture into the skin, per the brand's website. Plus, it's even safe enough for daily use. With a 4.7 rating on the site, users are raving about the product's gentle yet effective results. "Very gentle but amazing results," one reviewer shares. "People have noticed too — I'm 51 but my 25-year-old colleagues always ask about my skincare!!"

The only way to exfoliate is with gritty products

We have to admit, when most of us hear the word "exfoliate," the first thing that probably comes to mind is a gritty, granular product that tears into the skin while harshly sloughing away the entire first layer. There are plenty of products like this on the market, however, so it's no wonder that these exfoliants are the stereotypical notion. To be honest, though, there are so many ways to exfoliate your skin that don't involve a single gritty or granular ingredient.

Exfoliation can be broken down into two methods: chemical exfoliation and physical exfoliation, per Esmi. While both methods do the same thing, they go about their exfoliating techniques quite differently. Chemical exfoliation is a method that involves using products containing acids, retinoids, and enzymes (instead of granules) to renew the skin's outer layers, according to Healthline. While rubbing acid all over your skin might sound incredibly terrifying, we aren't working with the types of acids you're probably thinking of. "A physical exfoliant will only ever remove the dead skin cells on the surface; [a chemical exfoliant] will do exactly that but also work deeper into the skin, ungluing the bonds between cells," facialist and skincare expert Abigail James tellsGrazia.

One fantastic granule-free product that we love is Savor Beauty's Pumpkin Enzyme Peel. This pumpkin-based product contains gluconic and lactic acids that aid in collagen production while promoting cell turnover and exfoliating deeply for a smoother, brighter appearance. With five out of five stars and a pumpkin spice latte scent, what's not to love?

Granular exfoliants are terrible for your skin

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If you've ever stepped inside a Sephora or Ulta, there's a nine out of 10 chance you've received a speech from one of these companies' skincare experts advising you against the dangers of a certain apricot-based exfoliating product that's been on drugstore shelves for decades. In fact, these dangers grew to be so problematic that a 2016 lawsuit arose against this particular company's product, per Top Class Actions. Using harsh exfoliants containing nutshells and apricot pits has been proven to damage skin, and these types of products have unfortunately caused a bad rap for all granular exfoliation, which can be great for the skin if done correctly.

Moreover, instead of reaching for products containing shells or pits — which, yes, actually can create micro-tearing in your skin, causing a breeding ground for acneic bacteria — try a gentler granule, such as sugar crystals. "If you're looking for something natural to exfoliate with, you don't have to look any further than your own kitchen. You can make up a natural exfoliant by using coconut oil mixed with used coffee grounds or granulated sugar," dermatologist Rachel Burns explains to Byrdie. "Mix to the consistency that you like, and apply to the skin using small circular movements. Then rinse and moisturize as normal." Treating yourself to a sugar scrub facial a couple of times a week is a perfect way to rejuvenate skin, but despite their gentle reputation, using sugar exfoliants daily should be avoided (via L'Oréal Paris).

You should exfoliate daily

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So, you're the makeup queen and guru at your office. Everyone comes to you for makeup advice and can't wait to see which look you're rocking today — will it be a sultry smoky eye or a sexy pop of color to match your outfit? Will it be a red lip or an eyeliner wing sharp enough to slice through the day? You're donning fierce makeup daily, which means all of those thick products are working their way under your skin. Naturally, exfoliating every night to ensure you're getting rid of makeup is the perfect option, right? Not quite.

"Exfoliating every day can strip the skin of its natural oils, which can cause breakouts," celebrity facialist Joanna Vargas tellsGlamour. "It can also cause irritation because you're removing the top layer of skin before it can heal." Not only that, as beauty aesthetician Carrie Lindsey explains, daily exfoliation can actually continue to do more damage in the long run. "Over time, it can actually thin the skin and cause it to wrinkle more easily. Plus, the skin is a smart organ and sheds dead skin cells on its own; if we exfoliate too often, it can actually slow cell turnover." In other words, exfoliating too often can actually speed up aging — yikes.

Instead of exfoliating each night — stick to one to three times a week — to make sure you're fully removing all of your makeup, we recommend trying a makeup melting balm. A cleansing balm is a very unique product: The oils found within actually work to gently dissolve makeup, doing all the work for you so no harsh scrubbing or exfoliating is needed. For instance, theThen I Met You Living Cleansing Balm could be exactly what you need as far as a cleansing balm goes.

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It's better to exfoliate at night

Going along with the notion that removing makeup every night to get rid of makeup is better, it seems many people tend to think that because of this, using an exfoliant at night is their best bet. Sometimes this can be true, but that will depend dramatically on your skincare routine — and it seems not all dermatologists tend to agree on this topic. "Many people ask for specifics on the best time to use a physical exfoliant, but it really is dependent on the individual's habits and lifestyle," dermatologist Harold Lancer tellsRefinery29. "If someone wears makeup on a daily basis, exfoliating at night would help to lift any remaining makeup particles from the skin and ensure that your products are penetrating properly."

On the other hand, some dermatologists believe that exfoliating at night is a strict no-no. "In general, patients should focus on protection in the morning and correction in the evening," dermatologist Karyn Grossman tells Refinery29. "I find that most patients will tend to use stronger, more irritating products in the evening. Thus, adding exfoliation to this can cause or increase the potential irritation." But with different experts saying different things, which option should you go for? We recommend determining that based on your specific skincare routine. If you're ending your day with a multitude of strong serums, masks, and toners, staying away from nighttime exfoliation is probably best. If you end the day with a simple cleansing routine, adding an exfoliant a few times a week could be a great treat to close out a long day.

Your body exfoliant can be used on your face

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We all love a good body scrub.And we've all surely been tempted to rub our body scrubs on our faces because they make us feel so good and glowy. Unfortunately, it's not quite so easy. Because the skin that's on your face has smaller pores and is thinner, products for the body will typically be harsher and can cause skin damage (via Acne.org).

In fact, even the level of intensity we use to scrub our bodies vs. our faces should vary. "You can take a more intense approach below your chin, as the skin on your body is thicker," Dr. Lupo tells Elle Canada. For optimal facial exfoliation, Dr. Lupo suggests using a product containing diatomaceous earth — a natural material that is finely ground to create a gentle exfoliant. Instead of trying to save time by using a body scrub on your face, try saving some money by making your own diatomaceous earth exfoliant. "Diatomaceous earth is known for its exfoliating benefits," explains Andrew Hemmer, a diatomaceous earth retailer (via Bustle). "When using it on your skin, you will find that skin is much smoother than before, as it helps to also remove dead skin cells polluted by toxins."

Making your own scrub is actually easy. Start with a food-grade bag of diatomaceous earth powder, such as Diatomaceous Earth's Organic All Natural Diatomaceous Powder, and add a few drops of water until a paste forms. Scrub your skin as you normally would during an exfoliation session and then rinse with warm water. You'll thank us after a few treatments!

The stronger, the better

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Once you begin diving into the land of exfoliants, you'll notice there are variations in acid percentages, pH levels, and more. It can be really exciting learning about everything that's out there, but one common mistake people tend to fall for is thinking that the stronger a product is, the better it will work, especially if it costs the same amount. In reality, depending on the skin type, texture, and frequency, light exfoliation can actually be more beneficial.

Cosmetic chemist Dr. Michelle Wong breaks down for us on her blog, Lab Muffin Beauty Science, the science of why this ideology is completely backward. "First off, chemical exfoliants are great but a lot of them need a low pH to work — that means they're acidic ... Your skin is acidic, but it's not THAT acidic. Low pH means potential chemical burns."

"Even if you have an exfoliant that's not at a low pH, it's still an issue because it's an exfoliant. Exfoliants exfoliate, meaning that they thin the stratum corneum, the layer of dead skin cells on the surface of your skin," Dr. Wong continues. However, it becomes a problem when you remove every single dead skin cell. After all, those cells are there to protect your skin. Over-exfoliation can break this layer down way too thin, resulting in skin dehydration, redness, breakouts, etc,. To combat the risk of over-exfoliating, Dr. Wong suggests beginning with a lower acidity percentage and working your way up, gradually increasing how often you exfoliate and allowing your skin to recover by backing off higher percentage products if irritation occurs.

You should only exfoliate problematic skin

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While you may be thinking that over-exfoliating sounds really intimidating and scary, it may seem like a good idea to avoid it altogether by waiting to exfoliate until your skin is super dry or beginning to break out. Technically, this sounds like it would make sense. Why take the risk of harming your skin when you currently don't have any real skin concerns? Actually, many think that they should wait to exfoliate until their skin is breaking out or is overly dry, but the truth is that exfoliation should be done proactively.

According to celebrity esthetician Renée Rouleau, there are a vast number of reasons to exfoliate regularly (via Byrdie). In fact, exfoliating before breakouts happen can actually prevent them from happening. Not only that, but regular exfoliation can slow the signs of aging. "As you increase your exfoliation, you are tricking the skin into acting young again," Rouleau explains. "With continued use, skin will look younger and smoother each day."

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Exfoliating depletes skin's moisture

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So, using an exfoliant has to be drying, right? You're literally taking granules or acids and removing dead cells and oil from your skin, so it must be super dehydrating. However, you may not even need to expend more money on moisturizers just because you're exfoliating more. By removing excess oil from the skin, your body will know how to naturally retain the proper levels of moisture needed instead of overcompensating for oils and sebum produced, per Suki Skincare.

The beauty of exfoliation is that it's going to remove excess oil from the skin, not all of it. So, in other words, you're keeping the oils that you do need and getting rid of the ones you don't need. Moreover, exfoliation aids in increased blood circulation to the face, which actually can help boost collagen production (and we all know collagen production is a powerhouse in anti-aging properties and filled with hydration-enhancing benefits). Needless to say, this doesn't mean you should completely ditch your moisturizer once you've begun an exfoliation routine; you still need to make sure you're adding in extra healthy hydration that the skin needs.

You can scrub away blackheads

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By now, it's safe to say we know that exfoliation tackles tons of skin problems and concerns, and just about every skin type can benefit from it. But what about blackheads? Using a granular exfoliant might seem like a surefire way to scrub those pesky nuisances right out of the skin, but, unfortunately, this is another myth. Because blackheads go deep under the surface of the skin, scrubbing them will not completely remove them. "Sadly, there is no easy way to permanently get rid of blackheads," Renée Rouleau tellsByrdie. "Your best bet is regular, monthly deep-pore cleansing facials where a skilled esthetician can soften the pores and manually remove them."

The good news, however, is that while physical (granular) exfoliants cannot go deep enough into the skin to completely get rid of blackheads, buffing the top layer of skin can help other products sink in much easier, thus working to treat blackheads. Meanwhile, chemical exfoliants with AHAs and BHAs can go deeper into the skin to help remove them, too. "AHAs (alpha-hydroxy-acids) are really good for treating blackheads, so they are basically your glycolic acids and your lactic acids," Dr. Anjali Mahto tellsCosmopolitan. "Then you have your BHAs (beta hydroxy acids), like salicylic acid, they cause a chemical disintegration of the top layer of the skin cells, so they dissolve everything, and that unblocks the pores."

Now that you know all about exfoliants, it's time to up your skincare game to a new level. Your skin will thank you.

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FAQs

Does exfoliating age your skin? ›

It's a great practice to use in your regular routine, but too much exfoliation or scrubbing too hard with an exfoliator can, in fact, cause inflammation that might cause wrinkles down the line. If you don't over-exfoliate, you shouldn't have any issues with wrinkles down the line.

Do you really need to exfoliate? ›

But if you ask dermatologists, they'll tell you that not only is exfoliation usually an unnecessary step, many people overdo it. “Our skin cells naturally exfoliate on their own,” said Chicago-based dermatologist Caroline Robinson.

Do you need to exfoliate your face? ›

When dead skin cells accumulate on the face, they can clog pores and lead to blemishes. Exfoliation helps keep pores clear. Exfoliating your face too often, however, can dry out your skin and worsen your complexion, causing redness, irritation and breakouts.

How often should you exfoliate in your 30s? ›

Solution: Exfoliate twice a week.

Zeichner suggests using a gentle exfoliating scrub, such as St. Ives Even and Bright Pink Lemon and Mandarin Orange Scrub ($4) or Cetaphil Extra Gentle Daily Scrub ($8), to exfoliate and improve skin radiance.

What makes skin age faster? ›

Exposure to light is a top cause of premature aging: Sun exposure causes many skin problems. Ultraviolet (UV) light and exposure to sunlight age your skin more quickly than it would age naturally. The result is called photoaging, and it's responsible for 90% of visible changes to your skin.

Does exfoliating make you look younger? ›

Exfoliation accelerates the process, evens out your skin tone and makes your skin look healthier and younger. Smoother skin – Our skin is made up of many microscopic layers of cells, but only the deepest level, called the dermis, contains living cells which are smooth and radiant.

What happens if you never exfoliate? ›

Poor exfoliation is a leading cause of blackheads and whiteheads, some of the most common signs of acne. You can also develop “undergrowth” without regular exfoliation. This is comprised of not only dead skin cells but also trapped dirt and oil, which can lead to ingrown hairs.

What not to do after exfoliating? ›

DON'T rinse off a chemical exfoliant

After exfoliating, don't wash it off right away - the active ingredients take time to absorb into your skin and work their magic! Leave your exfoliant on for about 15-30 minutes to ensure the ingredients dissolve and remove all dead skin cells.

What happens if you stop exfoliating? ›

She said it “became dry and rough after 15 days”. That effect is simply all those dead skin cells piling up unevenly on the skin. This is why un-exfoliated skin looks dull and rough.

What age should you exfoliate? ›

What age should I start exfoliating? You can start exfoliating your skin as early as your teen years, from 14 onwards. During this time you may find your skin to become imbalanced and a lot more oily than it was before. This excess oil can lead to some problems, like breakouts, blackheads and spots.

What is the best way to exfoliate face? ›

How to exfoliate your face
  1. Using a clean brush or your favorite scrub, move in small, gentle, circular strokes around your face, says Dr. Shah.
  2. Keep your movements light. ...
  3. Rinse with lukewarm water so your freshly exfoliated face isn't irritated by hot water.
  4. Pat face dry and apply moisturizer.
May 10, 2022

At what age does your face change most? ›

Most people begin to notice a shift in the appearance of their face around their 40's and 50's, with some also noticing a change in their 30's. But with these physical changes brought on by aging also comes a change in the appearance of our face - Luckily, there is treatment available.

Why does my face look old and tired? ›

Loss of fat in our face

As we age, these areas of fat begin to diminish. This allows the skin to sag. The areas where fat loss is most noticed is in the temples, under the eyes, and in the cheek area. When the fat pads under our eyes diminish, it can give us a tired or hollow look.

How can I stay pretty at 30? ›

30 Essential Beauty Tips For Women In Their 30s
  1. Follow A CTM Routine Religiously. ...
  2. Exfoliate Periodically. ...
  3. Use Sunscreen Regularly. ...
  4. Look For Key Ingredients In Your Skin Care Products. ...
  5. Take The Right Supplements. ...
  6. Go For Regular Facials And Use Face Masks. ...
  7. Use An Under Eye Cream. ...
  8. Take Care Of Your Body.
Sep 28, 2022

How can I look 20 years younger? ›

20 Easy Ways to Look Younger, According to Experts
  1. Use a moisturizer, then foundation. Veronique BerangerGetty Images. ...
  2. Try a collagen-based face cream. ...
  3. Use a concealer for dark circles. ...
  4. Keep your eye makeup simple. ...
  5. Curl those lashes. ...
  6. Apply SPF daily. ...
  7. Gently remove your eye makeup. ...
  8. Find a "happy medium" hair length.
Feb 21, 2019

What makes a woman looks younger? ›

These findings indicate that women who look young for their age have large lips, avoid sun-exposure and possess genetic factors that protect against the development of gray hair and skin wrinkles.

What habits make you look younger? ›

Healthy Habits to Look Younger
  • Give meditation a try. ...
  • Get adequate, quality sleep each night. ...
  • Exercise four or more times per week. ...
  • Drink enough water. ...
  • Unplug from time to time. ...
  • Abstain from alcohol or drink only in moderation. ...
  • Develop a consistent nighttime routine. ...
  • Skip the electronics before bed.
Nov 16, 2021

Is it OK to exfoliate under the eyes? ›

If you don't exfoliate your under eye area, dead and dulling skin cells will build up leading to rough, scaly skin that doesn't absorb product easily. This renders any anti-aging eye creams useless. Under eye exfoliation is a must if you want the best results from your other products.

Can exfoliating remove wrinkles? ›

Regular exfoliation is one of the most effective ways to keep older skin looking youthful and bright. As we age, our skin's natural exfoliation process slows down and causes a buildup of dead, dull skin. Exfoliating helps speed up cellular turnover, softening fine lines and wrinkles and diminishing hyperpigmentation.

How do I stop my hands looking old? ›

What you can do to prevent aging hands
  1. Moisturize — Don't let your hands get dried out. ...
  2. Protect your skin and nails — Wear cotton-lined gloves when gardening or when cleaning with harsh soap or chemicals. ...
  3. Exfoliate — When you're exfoliating your body or face, don't forget about your hands.
Dec 4, 2020

What happens when you don't exfoliate your feet? ›

It can also form if you don't regularly care for, exfoliate, or scrub your feet. Dead skin on the bottom of your foot may appear dry, cracked, or loose or hanging. It's usually not painful unless it's a result of athlete's foot, eczema, or another type of infection.

Can you exfoliate your legs? ›

Exfoliation is when you remove dead skin buildup, which stimulates new cell growth. Exfoliating your legs can make them look smoother and more polished, and give them a glow. When exfoliating your legs, do it safely. Exfoliating too often or too hard can cause redness or even damage your skin.

How do you know if your skin needs exfoliation? ›

5 Signs you need to exfoliate
  1. Your products aren't absorbing into your skin. Exfoliating makes sure that you've got a face that's fully prepped for moisturizing and skincare treatments. ...
  2. Your skin looks dull. ...
  3. You have breakouts or your pores looked clogged. ...
  4. You have scaly patches or bumpy skin. ...
  5. You're getting a lot of sun.

When should you stop exfoliating? ›

The second you notice any redness, peeling, or 'tingling,' that's a sign it's time to cut back. Just like anything in skin care — or in life, really — exfoliation is best in moderation. After all, your skin already does the heavy lifting on its own. All you need to do is give it a (gentle) nudge every now and then.

Should I put lotion on after exfoliating? ›

Apply Moisturizers

if you just finished exfoliating your face, or any other body part, the most important thing to remember is to stay moisturized. While one exfoliation won't completely strip your skin of all of its oil, it will remove most of it, leaving the surface dry.

How often should face be exfoliated? ›

Most experts advise that you exfoliate two to three times per week — as long as your skin can handle it. Chemical exfoliants tend to be fine to use more regularly. Physical methods, on the other hand, may be too abrasive to use multiple times a week.

Do dermatologists recommend exfoliating? ›

Most of the dermatologists recommend a gentle chemical exfoliant if you're dealing with ingrown hairs or razor bumps.

What are the signs of over exfoliation? ›

Signs of Over Exfoliation
  • Redness. Slight redness or pinkness is perfectly normal, particularly after physical exfoliation. ...
  • Dryness and Flakiness. Similarly, over exfoliating the skin can cause dehydration, flaking, and dryness. ...
  • Acne. ...
  • Increased Oil Production. ...
  • Shine.

What happens if you exfoliate everyday? ›

Generally speaking, board-certified dermatologist Lian A. Mack, MD, says exfoliating daily isn't recommended for many skin types as it will strip skin of its natural oils, leaving it feeling overly dry, which can then result in irritation and inflammation.

What is the best time to exfoliate your face? ›

When it comes to morning versus night exfoliation, you're going to reap the best benefits from exfoliating in the morning time. This is due to the oils your skin produces overnight. You'll be able to more smoothly remove all impurities, dead skin, and oils, when you exfoliate in the morning, rather than at night.

How long does it take to see results after exfoliating? ›

You will already start to see an improvement in your skin after just 10 minutes of use; it should look brighter, smoother, and more even. However, if you want long-term, highly noticeable results from exfoliating, such as reduced blackheads, whiteheads, and acne, it can take between 6-8 weeks.

Can a 12 year old use a scrub? ›

Every dermatologist would tell you that it's really never advisable for children to undergo exfoliation. Although exfoliating is very healthy and good for the skin of an adult, exfoliating your child's skin isn't healthy for his or her skin.

Is coffee a good exfoliator? ›

Exfoliation

Coffee grounds make a great exfoliant. The grounds do not dissolve in water, which makes them good at scrubbing away dead skin cells. Results of a study from 2013 suggest that substances in coffee also help to promote healthy skin.

Is Aloe Vera An exfoliator? ›

Although Aloe Vera can help moisturize, Chang said when overused, it can dry out the skin. She says that the enzymes in the plant act like an exfoliator and any time you exfoliate the skin too much it will begin to become too oily or too dry depending on your skin type.

Is honey an exfoliant? ›

Raw honey is also a natural exfoliator, which means applying it to your face takes off dry, dull skin and reveals new skin cells underneath.

Should you exfoliate on dry or wet skin? ›

You can exfoliate wet skin, as many people do with a loofah or a scrub in the shower, but the friction level is different when the skin cells are moist, Karen said. The dry method will help you to more effectively exfoliate, plus it's less messy, Gohara noted.

How do you exfoliate your pubic area? ›

Use your scrubbing tool to gently move along your bikini line in a small circular motion to remove dead skin cells that may be clogging up the pores. Be sure to cover the entire surface of the area. Allow the exfoliate to sit on your skin for up to 3 minutes. Rinse the area well.

Can I use a toothbrush to exfoliate my face? ›

Toothbrushes are gentle yet scrubby enough for the gentle underarm skin. And all of us know, that for clear skin, be it your face or your underarms, regular and correct exfoliation, does wonders. Plus, if you shave, like I do, then scrubbing with a toothbrush will do away with the stubborn undergrowth.

How often should you exfoliate your skin? ›

Most experts advise that you exfoliate two to three times per week — as long as your skin can handle it. Chemical exfoliants tend to be fine to use more regularly. Physical methods, on the other hand, may be too abrasive to use multiple times a week.

What is the right age to start exfoliating? ›

Exfoliation. The right age to start exfoliating your skin, especially the facial skin is in your late teens which is around the age of 17.

At what age should I exfoliate? ›

What age should I start exfoliating? You can start exfoliating your skin as early as your teen years, from 14 onwards. During this time you may find your skin to become imbalanced and a lot more oily than it was before. This excess oil can lead to some problems, like breakouts, blackheads and spots.

Should a 13 year old exfoliate? ›

Occasional gentle exfoliation is generally fine for the skin, but exfoliating skin with acne can cause inflammation and redness. Blemishes can't be scrubbed away. In fact, too much scrubbing can cause irritation and make things worse. Remember, your skin is a sensitive organ and should be treated gently.

What happens when you don't exfoliate? ›

Poor exfoliation is a leading cause of blackheads and whiteheads, some of the most common signs of acne. You can also develop “undergrowth” without regular exfoliation. This is comprised of not only dead skin cells but also trapped dirt and oil, which can lead to ingrown hairs.

Should you exfoliate your legs? ›

Exfoliation is when you remove dead skin buildup, which stimulates new cell growth. Exfoliating your legs can make them look smoother and more polished, and give them a glow. When exfoliating your legs, do it safely. Exfoliating too often or too hard can cause redness or even damage your skin.

What happens if you exfoliate too much? ›

Over-exfoliation can lead to rough, dehydrated, patchy, and flaky skin. This usually means your over-exfoliated skin has lost its ability to absorb or retain moisture. When this happens, the effects of your beauty routine and skin care products will severely diminish.

How often should a 12 year old exfoliate? ›

Most sources suggest exfoliating 2-3 days a week, but no more than that. Exfoliating too much can hurt and irritate the skin regardless of what skin type teens have.

Can a 12 year old use a scrub? ›

Every dermatologist would tell you that it's really never advisable for children to undergo exfoliation. Although exfoliating is very healthy and good for the skin of an adult, exfoliating your child's skin isn't healthy for his or her skin.

Can 13 year old use serum? ›

No, you can start using Vitamin C serum once you are 20. For now a mild face wash, tone, moisturizer, mild scrub & mask once a week; this will be great.

Should I exfoliate morning or night? ›

When it comes to morning versus night exfoliation, you're going to reap the best benefits from exfoliating in the morning time. This is due to the oils your skin produces overnight. You'll be able to more smoothly remove all impurities, dead skin, and oils, when you exfoliate in the morning, rather than at night.

How long does it take to see results from exfoliating? ›

You will already start to see an improvement in your skin after just 10 minutes of use; it should look brighter, smoother, and more even. However, if you want long-term, highly noticeable results from exfoliating, such as reduced blackheads, whiteheads, and acne, it can take between 6-8 weeks.

How long does it take for exfoliation to lighten skin? ›

That's why accelerating cell turnover is critical. Keeping brightening agents like vitamin C, mandelic acid, kojic acid, niacinamide, and hydroquinone in the mix in conjunction with exfoliation will help fade pigmentation faster. It usually takes four to six weeks to begin to see results.

Can I exfoliate my baby? ›

Don't scrub or rub your baby's skin during washing. Rather, use a soft cloth to gently wipe skin clean as needed. Too much friction can irritate your baby's skin and cause redness.

How do teens clean their face? ›

Wash your face twice a day (no more) with warm water and a mild soap made for people with acne. Gently massage your face with circular motions. Don't scrub. Too much washing and scrubbing can make skin irritated.

Can a 17 year old use a toner? ›

Absolutely ..you should use toner after cleaning your face regularly..

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