Exfoliation is an essential skincare step that helps get rid of dead skin cells to reveal glowing and healthy skin underneath. But unlike cleansing, toning and moisturising, exfoliating should not be done every day as it can damage the protective barrier of your skin and lead to several problems. Are you guilty of over-exfoliating your skin? Find out…
Skin appears shiny
Over-exfoliating skin with acids and scrubs often leaves it looking waxy. While exfoliation helps improve skin cell turnover and reveal new, fresh, younger-looking skin, it’s not always good. Polishing your skin to the extent that the surface of the skin becomes extremely smooth is definitely a sign of over-exfoliation. It makes the skin more susceptible to damage.
Another tell-tale sign of over-exfoliation is super sensitive skin. Red, itchy, irritated and burning skin indicates that the skin’s barrier has been compromised. When the barrier of the skin gets damaged, it leads to a number of other skin problems. Avoid using washcloth or towels to wipe your face if your skin feels extra sensitive as this can further damage the skin. It’s best to let your face air dry.
Skin feels tight
Has smiling become painful for you because the skin around the mouth feels too tight or dry? This means you have gone overboard with exfoliation. When the natural oils are stripped off, the skin appears dehydrated, flaky and tight. Even those with oily skin type can experience a lack of moisture in the skin making it feel tight and uncomfortable.
Skin looks crepey
The sudden appearance of fine lines and wrinkles could be because your skin has become extremely rough or crepey. When your smile lines appear more prominent and your skin looks like it needs nourishment, it could be because of over-exfoliation. If you feel your skin looks and feels better post exfoliation, use the Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant. This gentle exfoliating powder is suitable for daily use and won’t damage the skin.