Cooler months make it tough to keep your skin moisturized. And exfoliation is basically undoing all the hard work you’ve put into your skin. You are stripping your dermal layers, robbing your skin of moisture and breaking down collagen. No collagen = wrinkles galore!
The myth is that exfoliation gets rid of dead skin, and to an extent, yes it does. It speeds up epidermal turnover. However, this turnover accomplished by creating HOLES IN THE EPIDERMAL BARRIER. Your skin then goes into SURVIVAL mode. It becomes stressed. The end result is not healthier, glowing skin. It’s damaged and inflamed skin masquerading as healthy skin, and the only masquerading that should be taking place is on Halloween later this month.
However, you can get the benefits of exfoliation without harming your skin. Used properly, mild exfoliation can result in younger, refreshed skin. It helps clear clogged pores, smooths skin and softens lines.
To help the skin achieve the balance it needs, we must work with the skin and avoid creating inflammation.
The 4 Steps for Success according to Osmosis:
• Use a gentle, non-inflammatory exfoliator.
• Any exfoliation should not be done daily.
• Always wear sun protection – 365 days a year – to keep sun sensitivity to a minimum.
• Eat a healthy diet and take internal supplements as needed to help the skin correct any imbalances.
When cooler weather returns, do skin prep the right way. Don’t do damage for the immediate gratification of what appears to be smoother skin. Instead, invest your time and energy in gentle and occasional exfoliation. Trust me, your skin will thank you.