Exfoliation can help to make your skin appear brighter. It also helps in better absorption of other skincare products that you apply on your face, hence improving their effectiveness.
- Exfoliation is an important step in the skincare routine
- However, harsh exfoliators can cause micro-tears on the facial skin, making your skin unhealthy and dull
- Here is why you should use mild exfoliators for your face
New Delhi: Taking care of your body and health is extremely important, and taking care of your largest organ, and the outermost layer of your body is also equally important. As we try to follow a proper skincare regime to make sure our facial skin is radiant and healthy, we may fall into the trap of doing more harm than good to our skin.
Exfoliating or scrubbing is an important part of a skincare routine, however, if we do it too often, too rigorously, or with a strong exfoliator, we might end up harming our skin, which can lead to breakouts, dullness and early ageing.
Why is it important to exfoliate your face
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, exfoliation can help to make your skin appear brighter. It also helps in better absorption of other skincare products that you apply on your face, hence improving their effectiveness. Exfoliating your face regularly can help prevent clogging of pores, which helps reduce problems like acne, dullness, blackheads, etc.
Exfoliation is also linked with increased production of collagen, a protein responsible for skin health, preventing ageing and sagging.
Why you should stick to a mild exfoliator for your facial skin
As important as exfoliation may be, it is important to know how, how much and with what to exfoliate your face. For instance, walnut scrubs were very popular for exfoliation at one point of time, but with time, people started to realise that it was too strong for the fragile skin of the face, and caused micro-tears on the skin, leading to permanent damage in some cases.
Some DIY facial scrubs you can try at home
You can make a few facial scrubs at home, that are not only gentle but also free from chemicals and preservatives present in store-bought scrubs.
One such DIY facial scrub can be made with gram flour and curd. Mix some besan or gram flour with a spoonful of curd, to make a think paste. Apply the paste on the face, and wait for it to dry. Use oil, or lukewarm water to gently scrub off the paste from your face when it dries.
Besan has anti-inflammatory properties, which will help reduce redness and dry out the acne if you have any breakouts on the skin. It gently exfoliates the skin and helps you get rid of dead skin cells, leaving your skin bright and radiant. If you used lukewarm water to wash the product from your face, apply a hydrating moisturiser on your skin to finish off the skincare regime.
Another popular DIY scrub can be used on your lips, face or even your whole body. The DIY brown sugar and oatmeal scrub is a good exfoliator for the skin.
Mix coconut oil and honey into a smooth paste. Add sugar and oatmeal to the mix. When a thick paste is ready, apply the mix on the area and rub the scrub on your skin. Make sure you dampen your skin a little before you put the mixture on. After gently rubbing for a few minutes, wash off the mix and pat dry the skin.
Coconut oil is a great way to keep your skin moisturised, especially in the winter season. Oatmeal and sugar granules gently exfoliate the skin and help to get rid of any ingrown hair, dead skin cells, and blackheads. Honey has anti-inflammatory properties, which helps reduce acne, breakouts, redness and blackheads, leaving your skin bright, clean and radiant.