Who doesn’t dream about healthy, youthful-like skin, no matter what the age in the ID is? There comes a time when you need to help your skin look good and healthy, so you need to learn how to establish a correct skincare routine. One of the steps that should not be missing from a healthy skincare routine is skin exfoliation. Exfoliation is the process through which dead skin cells are removed from the outer skin layers. The appearance of the skin can be improved with the help of exfoliation but the truth is that if done incorrectly, this can do more harm than good.

So, how do you safely exfoliate at home? If you need more information on this topic, then you are in the right place. You should be safe, performing a proper skin exfoliation routine, as long as you follow a few easy steps. If you don’t follow these steps, then you are going to experience increased redness and even acne breakouts. One of the first things that you need to do is to establish your skin type. Exfoliate by skin type to obtain good results, avoiding unpleasant side effects. For those who don’t know what their skin type is, here is a quick guide:

  • Sensitive skin usually stings or burns after product use
  • Normal skin is clear. It also doesn’t get sensitive to product use
  • Dry skin is rough, itchy and it is also flaky
  • Oily skin is easy to recognize, as it is greasy and shiny
  • Combination skin is dry in some areas and oily in other areas

Once you establish your skin type, it is time to choose the exfoliation method that best suits your needs. There are two main methods for at-home exfoliation: mechanical and chemical. Mechanical exfoliation uses a tool, usually a brush, a sponge, or a scrub to remove dead skin cells. Chemical exfoliation dissolves dead skin cells with the help of chemicals, such as alpha-hydroxy acids and beta hydroxy acids.

Now, here are a few tips to prevent skin damage while exfoliating at home:

  1. Consider the skincare products that you already use. Avoid over-the-counter products that contain retinol or benzoyl peroxide because these will make your skin more sensitive. Some of these products will make your skin peel.
  2. Select the exfoliation method that suits your skin type. Dry, sensitive, and acne-prone skin types require a mild chemical exfoliator and a washcloth, nothing else. Mechanical exfoliation is too irritating for these skin types. Oily and thick skin types require stronger chemical exfoliators or mechanical exfoliation.
  3. Always follow with moisturizer. Exfoliation requires a moisturizer afterward. It is important for you to understand that exfoliation, while it does a lot of good, can be drying to the skin, so a moisturizer used after the process is a must.
  4. Don’t exfoliate more than twice a week. You will get into the area in which the process will do more harm than good, so keep a balance.