There are many misconceptions surrounding skincare’s best kept secret – exfoliation. More so, exfoliating dry skin – we worry that we would end up over-exfoliating skin that is already irritable and flaky. So here we explain, step-by-step, the right ways to exfoliate your extra-dry skin
First, what is exfoliation?
Exfoliation is the process of removing unwanted dead skin cells on the top layer through abrasion with fine particles, thus allowing fresh new cells to replace the old ones.
Will exfoliating my dry skin strip it?
In fact, the flaky upper skin layer could prevent moisturisers from penetrating deeper and nourishing your skin completely. A once-in-a-month gentle exfoliation will benefit your dry skin in many ways.
Exfoliation will also clear out those tiny bumps on your face (typical of dry skin) and get rid of blackheads & blemishes. It also renders a fresh dewy look to your dull skin.
How often can I exfoliate?
Dry skin only needs exfoliation once or twice in a month.
What is the best exfoliator for dry skin?
The best exfoliators for dry skin contain nourishing fruit enzymes, glycolic acid, retinol-A etc. You could also use a soft brush or a washcloth along with your regular cleanser instead of an exfoliating face wash.
Step-by-step guide to exfoliate your super-dry skin
Step 1: Firstly, wash your face with warm water to open pores and then cleanse to remove all dirt.
Step 2: Next, apply the exfoliator in circular motions across your cheeks, forehead, nose, chin and neck. Leave for 2 to 3 minutes.
Step 3: Simply wash with cold water to close pores.
Note: If you’re opting for the washcloth, simply use your regular facewash and scrub your face gently with the washcloth. Rinse it off with cold water to close pores.
Step 4: Pat dry and follow up with a heavy moisturiser.
No matter what your skin type, exfoliation will benefit you - but do not forget to moisturise afterwards for supple and glowing skin.