Tuesday is My Exfoliating Day

Disclaimer: This week’s Mystery Post Tuesday was written by Sanja Wende of All Pretty Bits. I love her content and am happy she decided to share her exfoliating routine with us!

Growing up, I didn’t know much about skincare – I wasn’t even aware it was a thing. My parents were, and still are, loving but mostly hard-working people, and taking care of their skin (let alone applying sunscreen every day) was the last thing on their minds. However, in my teenage years, I started breaking out a lot which ruined my already shaken self-confidence. So, I started visiting different dermatologists and aestheticians, and almost everybody recommended doing chemical peels at least once a week. It helped tremendously, and to this day, I stayed loyal to my routine and even introduced an “Exfoliating Tuesday” – the one day in the week when I exfoliate my skin from head to toe.

So, if you haven’t tried it already, I strongly recommend you do – your skin will look and feel healthier, smoother, and more lively. Here’s what skin changes I noticed from my regular exfoliating routine and how I usually do it every Tuesday – no matter how tired I am, I never skip it.

The Benefits of Regular Exfoliation

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In essence, exfoliation is nothing more than removing dead skin cells, dirt, and toxin from the surface layer of the skin, opening up the pores and giving you a deep cleanse in addition. After a decades-long tradition of weekly exfoliation, I can say with confidence that you can expect these benefits from this skincare ritual, especially if you’re an oily gal like me with a tendency to break out easily:

  • Healthier skin: Once you start exfoliating your skin regularly, you’ll notice that your skin is smoother and softer than usual. It will also be more hydrated as exfoliation helps your skin better absorb other products in your routine.
  • Younger-looking skin: Exfoliation with chemical agents, especially AHAs (like glycolic acid), will boost the collagen production in your skin, making it look youthful, bouncy, and wrinkles-free.
  • Less acne and dark spots: And finally, if you’re struggling with acne (just like I once did), regular exfoliation might help you a lot. Removing dead skin cells, dirt, and oils from your pores will keep them from getting clogged, reducing and preventing breakouts. Plus, your complexion will be brighter and even, with no sun spots, dark spots, or blemishes.

Why It’s Important to Do It Regularly

The skin is the largest organ in our body and the first line of defense against pollutants, viruses, bacteria, and other environmental stressors. Plus, it helps the body regulate temperature by releasing sweat when we’re warm.

Skin cells form deep within the skin and rise to the surface, where they die to make way for new skin cells that perform all the necessary functions. Old, dead skin cells fall off in tiny flakes every 28 days, but this rate slows down as we age, leading to various problems like acne or a lackluster complexion.

So, it’s essential to exfoliate your skin regularly because, as we age, dead skin cells tend to accumulate faster than they shed naturally. For me personally, the perfect tempo is once a week, but for you, it might be more or less often, depending on your skin type and needs.

How I Exfoliate From Head to Toe

For my face, I usually try to steer clear of mechanical scrubs as these can potentially
damage the skin’s protective barrier, resulting in more acne. So, after thoroughly cleansing my skin, I use glycolic acid and sometimes a combination of glycolic acid and salicylic acid. Salicylic acid is a BHA (or beta hydroxy acid) that targets acne and oily skin.

I make sure to hydrate my skin after with hydrating and nourishing serums and
moisturizers. And, no matter the season, if it’s daytime, I always follow up with sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Since I have oily skin, I use chemical sunscreens
in gel or fluid form.

When it comes to my body, I find that the easiest way to exfoliate it is to use an
exfoliating glove or a brush. Sometimes I make a DIY body scrub with brown sugar
mixed with jojoba oil or coconut oil. When I use a scrub, I do it after showering while my skin is still wet and rub it with gentle circular motions. Then I rinse it off with lukewarm water.

For my feet and elbows, I use a bit grittier scrubs as these areas are a bit more dry and thick, and simply ask for some force.

Takeaway

All in all, you may benefit from regular exfoliation regardless of your age, skin type, and skin issues you might be facing at the moment. Just give it a shot, and you’ll see your skin will start looking and feeling better pretty quickly.

Before You Go

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