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The best way to exfoliate your skin according to skin type
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The best way to exfoliate your skin according to skin type

August 26th, 2021 | by

If you have dry, flaky skin or even just plain lackluster skin, it could mean your dead skin cells are getting the better of your glow. But your dull skin troubles could be over before you know it! All you need is, EXFOLIATION! 

Exfoliation is the process of removing dead cells from the outer layer of your skin. Which in turn boosts blood circulation and gives you brighter, healthier, and glowing skin. It also helps prevent breakouts and makes sure your skin products penetrate deeper, thereby increasing their potency. Exfoliation opens up the pores on your skin, so be sure to follow it up with some moisturisation to well and truly lock it in. Read on to know how you should be exfoliating your skin based on your skin type.

Normal/Combination Skin

This type of skin is dry in some places and oily in others and so you can quite literally mix and match your tools as well as products. If you want to go the chemical exfoliation route, check out exfoliating products including salicylic and glycolic acid. Or go mechanical with a skin device to deeply exfoliate your face and get rid of impurities on a deeper level. Either way, you must MUST follow it up with a moisturiser. We recommend using a face serum too as they penetrate deep into the parts of your skin your regular moisturiser usually doesn’t have access to. Dry brushing is super healthy too, although please note that it can be especially harsh on the face. You should not be using your body dry brush on your face as the skin there is way more sensitive. In other good news though, there are dry brushes designed especially for the face and so, if you have normal/combination skin, that’s one thing you should definitely invest in. 

Sensitive Skin

If you have sensitive skin, you should probably take it easy with the exfoliation. Firstly, stick to doing it no more than two times a week. Secondly, be super super gentle. Thirdly, look for a product that contains lactic acid- it is super hydrating and creates a protective barrier in your skin, which in the case of sensitive skin can turn dry very very soon. You should also avoid mechanical forms of exfoliation like brushes as they can be harsh. 

Oily Skin

We’re going to spill some serious tea now- oily skin becomes irritated and red too! While those with oily skin can take the most liberty with their exfoliation process, too much and too hard is still never a good idea. Since oily skin is more prone to breakouts, blackheads, and clogged pores, it beckons regular exfoliation, so all those filthy impurities leave the ecosystem of your skin and do not collect over time. Like those with normal/combination skin, you too can find a balance between chemical and mechanical exfoliation that works for you. We recommend facial acids (for chemical exfoliation) with salicylic acid and charcoal. 

Dry Skin

To all those with dry skin, we have just three words for you: EXFOLIATE EXFOLIATE EXFOLIATE! This is because dry skin spawns more dead cells than other skin types. This means that if you do not exfoliate regularly, you’re allowing the dead skin cells to build up, which in turn means flaky and dull skin. Since your skin is already dry and prone to abrasion, keep away from the mechanical forms of exfoliation such as brushes. These can lead to micro-abrasions and tears on the surface of your skin. And so, just like those with sensitive skin, you too should find yourself a gentle chemical cleanser that works for you. Always make sure to be super regular with it. 

Now that you know what exfoliation ritual you should be following depending on your skin type, go load up on those beautiful exfoliating acids and tools and glow from the inside! Also, please note that for certain skin conditions (such as rosacea) exfoliation is not recommended. It is advised to always check with your dermatologist first.


Sasha Singh