So I think it’s pretty safe to assume that we all have a good understanding about the benefits of exfoliation, but just in case you haven’t heard yet, here’s a real quick crash course. It helps to remove dead skin cells, blackheads, whiteheads, dirt, unclogs pores and promotes blood circulation which helps to brighten your skin tone, prevent acne breakouts, slow down the aging process and allows all of your other skin care products to better penetrate the skins surface. Sounds good right? But just like all things, there’s a right way to do it, and a wrong way to do it, and depending on what type of skin you have, different methods will work better than others. So how can you tell which way is right for you? Let’s dig in deep and find out the best way to exfoliate your face!

Exfoliation & Skin types


As I mentioned earlier, the type of skin that you have, will directly affect the way you should exfoliate your face, so lets cover a few of the commonly found skin types;

  • Sensitive Skin – Even though you have sensitive skin, that shouldn’t stop you from incorporating exfoliation in your skin care routine. Use less abrasive exfoliants, nothing too gritty and remember to rub your skin rather than scrub your skin. Chemical peels are a form of treatment that will be less irritating to your skin.

  • Dry Skin – You can treat your dry skin, similarly to those that have sensitive skin. Since your skin is already dry and flakey, that means it’s already more fragile. So exfoliate gently without irritating your skin too much and remember to ALWAYS MOISTURIZE!

  • Oily Skin – If you’ve got oily skin, you’re likely to be more acne prone and thus can exfoliate more often and more abrasively than those with sensitive or dry skin. Exfoliating mitts, gloves, brushes, masks, chemicals, peels, try them all out until you find one that best benefits your skin. Keep in mind that you should still never over exfoliate since long term rough exfoliation can eventually damage your skin.

  • Mature Skin – Fruit acids, chemical peels and other methods that don’t create too much friction work best with mature skin. Slow and steady wins the race, so once a week is more than enough and remember to be gentle. 

How often should you exfoliate?


Once again, this all depends on what type of skin you have, and where you’re choosing to exfoliate. The skin on our face is generally more sensitive than the skin on our bodies, so we recommend that you should exfoliate your face no more than twice a week. If you have oily skin that is acne prone, you might be able to get away with 3 times a week but those with sensitive skin should keep it to once a week. Remember not to over exfoliate. Scrubbing away until your face turns red causing your skin to feel hot is not recommended, there’s no need to damage your new skin cells.



When’s the best time to exfoliate?


The best time to exfoliate depends on the persons daily activities, habits and type of skin. Most chose to exfoliate at night, since that is when the bulk of skin care treatments are usually performed. Exfoliating at night helps you better remove leftover make up residue and the days grime that your skin was exposed to. Others exfoliate in the mornings, helping to remove the dead skin cells that your body shed overnight. People with oily skin will benefit from exfoliating in the morning, in addition to those looking to place make up on more evenly. So really, you’ll have to figure out when the best time is for yourself, the only warning we have is that you should never exfoliate just before or after long exposure to sunlight. There’s no need to be rough with your skin before or after you beat it up.


Best facial exfoliating practices


When it comes down to it, consistency is key. Maintaining a healthy level of exfoliation in your weekly skin care routine will help keep your skin looking and feeling at its best. Choosing the right time, products and methods can only be achieved through trial and error, so try new ways to exfoliate until you find the way which works best for your skin. Remember to do it, without over doing it.  


Here at skintowel, we developed an exfoliating skin care tool that helps to remove dead skin, oils, black heads, white heads, make up residue and all of the daily grime that we’re exposed to, without the damaging long term effects of abrasive exfoliation. Our exfoliating mitt is made up of a micro loop structure which helps to gently and easily remove impurities. The users fingertips will have full control over the level of exfoliation and the green teas antioxidants which have been infused into the fibres help to soothe the skin while reducing inflammation. It’s made for both left handed and right handed people and is machine washable to prevent bacteria build up. Simply wet your face and the exfoliating glove, apply any cleanser then begin to scrub in small circular motions. When you’re done, just rinse, wring then hang to dry. Don’t forget to moisturize!


exfoliating mitt

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