Exfoliation is an important step in skin care routine that keeps your skin look healthy and rejuvenated. Getting rid of dead skin cells promotes skin cell renewal and reveals fresh, glowing skin. Regular exfoliation also ensures better absorption of skin care products thereby maximising their benefits. However, when done incorrectly the same vital skincare step can damage your skin and cause more harm than good. If you are guilty of committing any one of the below mentioned habits, you’re causing skin damage.

Using an abrasive scrub
 

Using an abrasive scrub

While walking down the skin care aisle you will spot several scrubs from various brands promising to slough off dead skin. However, instead of picking one that looks good opt for one that’s designed for your skin type and concern. During exfoliation the aim is to reveal the glowing skin under the top layer while preserving the fragile layer of elastin and collagen beneath. Using an abrasive scrub can damage this layer and cause wrinkles.

Rubbing too hard
 

Rubbing too hard

Collagen and elastin are important skin proteins that hold the dermis to the muscular structure of your skin. Rubbing too hard will make your skin sag and cause premature aging.

Scrubbing without prepping
 

Scrubbing without prepping

Prepping your skin before exfoliating is a good start to the process. Use a washcloth to remove dead skin from your dry face and then wet your skin before you start to exfoliate. This will ensure your skin is prepped for exfoliation and help you get rid of maximum flakes and dry skin.

Doing it too often
 

Doing it too often

How often is too often you ask? If your skin feels red and irritated then you need to reduce the frequency between two exfoliating sessions. Experts recommend scrubbing twice a week however you can decide based on the sensitivity of your skin.