How And When To Exfoliate: 3 Things You Should Know

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Almost every beauty expert and women’s magazine never fails to include one word when it comes to taking care of your skin: Exfoliate!

Exfoliation is the process of sloughing off dead skin cells to achieve a healthier, glowing skin.

Unfortunately, we have a lot of misguided knowledge when it comes to exfoliating.

We spoke to Miami dermatologist, Dr. Jessica Reyes, M.D. to answer our most common questions about exfoliating. Here are some of her tips on how to take better care of our skin:

1. Being Gentle Should Be Priority

“People often think of exfoliating as any process that could take off dead skin cells, no matter the pain, no matter the tools” Dr. Reyes said. “For some reason, people think that pain should be a part of it all. It’s not.”

Reyes said being gentle should be a priority when it comes to any skin care regimen.

“Scrubbing too much or using highly acidic or alcohol-based products may do more damage than good. This can lead to redness, puffiness and irritation.”

2. Don’t Go Beyond Three

“Exfoliating shouldn’t go beyond three times a week,” said Reyes. “Over-exfoliation can create tiny cracks in your skin.”

This, she said, could lead to dryness and inflammation. Over-exfoliating skin could also disrupt your skin’s oil-production and could hamper existing skin problems.

3. Do It In The Morning

Often, women feel like exfoliating at night before bed because it’s when we want to remove make-up and excess oils that may have lodged into our pores.

However, Dr. Reyes recommends doing it in the morning.

“When you exfoliate in the morning, it’s more effective,” Reyes said. “Our skin does much of its reparation process at night, so really, you just might be disturbing that process. When you exfoliate in the morning, you’re encouraging some skin cells to get out.”

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