Ready to restore your skin’s natural glow? Scroll till the end to learn everything about exfoliation. How to exfoliate, benefits of exfoliation, and DIY exfoliation according to your skin type. We all want glowing and smooth skin and the good news is that you can easily get it at home. A proper exfoliating routine can help you to get smooth and radiant skin by unclogging pores, removing dead skin cells, and impurities, lightening skin and improving overall skin tone.
But do you know how to exfoliate according to your skin type? It is a very important thing before exfoliating your skin. Because every skin is different and reacts differently. To achieve healthy smooth skin, one should choose the products according to the skin type. Read on to learn how to know your skin type and how to exfoliate your skin naturally.

What Is Exfoliation?

Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells from the surface of the skin using a granular substance, exfoliation tool or chemicals.

Our skin sheds cells constantly, and that’s a good thing but sometimes it leaves some dead skin cells behind. This causes our skin to look dull, rough, and bumpy and pores get clogged. Therefore, exfoliation is needed for healthy glowing skin twice a week.

Benefits Of Exfoliating:

  • Prevent acne breakout.
  • Remove dead skin cells.
  • Even skin tone.
  • Improve skin texture.
  • Unclog pores.
  • Encourage the skin renewal process.
  • Remove excessive oil.
  • Lighten blemishes and pigmentation.
  • Promotes skin elasticity.
  • Reduce fine lines.
  • Brighten complexion.
  • Reduce dark spots and pimple marks.
  • Makes the skin young, plump and tight.
  • Remove blackheads and whiteheads.
  • Improve blood circulation.

How To Exfoliate?

Exfoliation is necessary for every skin type. No matter what type of your skin is, you need to exfoliate according to your skin type.

· Wash Your Face

Wash your face with the cleanser.

Use the cleanser according to your skin type.

Don’t exfoliate your skin before cleansing.

Pat dry.

· Steam (Optional)

Steaming promotes circulation and removes excess sebum, dirt, and impurities. It also helps in removing blackheads and whiteheads.   

Take steam for 8-10 minutes right before exfoliation to take the full benefit of exfoliation.

· Exfoliation:

Apply the scrub to your face. Start scrubbing your face with your two fingers gently in a circular motion for 2-3 minutes. Focus on your T-zone area (nose, chin, forehead).

· Wash It Off:

Wash your face with lukewarm water for better results.

· Toner

Using a toner after exfoliation helps you to get smooth and healthy skin. Toner helps in shrinking pores, prevents pores to get larger in size, and balances skin’s natural pH balance.

Learn 10 DIY recipes for Toner for all skin types.

Top 10 DIY toner

How To Exfoliate According To Your Skin Type

If you don’t exfoliate the right way for your skin type, you can damage the skin or even bring on breakouts. So, before you begin exfoliating your skin, you need to know your skin type.

Read below for 3 main skin types:

  1. Oily Skin
  2. Dry Skin
  3. Combination Skin

What Is Oily Skin?

Oily skin is a result of the overproduction of sebum. Sebaceous glands procure sebum (an oily waxy substance).

Your skin type is oily if you notice these:

  • Skin constantly looks shiny
  • Feels oily constantly
  • Pores are noticeable
  • Breakouts are more likely because the sebum mixes with dirt and impurities and clogged the pores of the skin.  
  • Skin gets too much oil after waking up in the morning especially T-zone (nose, chin, and forehead)
  • Oily skin even feels greasy and oily within hours of cleansing.

How To Exfoliate Oily Skin?

Oily skin needs to be exfoliated more than other skin types because it easily gets clogged due to the overproduction of sebum.

Oily skin should be exfoliated twice or thrice a week gently. 

DIY Scrub For Exfoliation

  • Take a bowl.
  • Add rice powder (½ tablespoon), 1 pinch of turmeric, ½ tablespoon of charcoal powder, and ½ tablespoon of lemon juice.
  • Add enough honey/rose water to make a paste.
  • Mix well to get the scrub.

What Is Dry Skin?

Dry skin happens when the skin loses too much water and does not get the moisture to maintain itself.

Your skin type is dry if you notice the following things:

  • Feels tightness.
  • The skin looks rough.
  • Fine lines
  • Skin gets itchy and irritated after waking up in the morning.
  • Dry skin even feels dry within hours of moisturizing.  

DIY Scrub For Exfoliation

Exfoliation is needed twice a week gently.

To prevent your skin from cracking, use a toner and then moisturizer after exfoliation to get instant smooth skin naturally.

  • Take a bowl.
  • Add almond powder (½ tablespoon) and oats (½ tablespoon)
  • Add enough honey or milk cream to make a paste.
  • Mix well to get the scrub.

What Is Combination Skin?

This skin type is a combination of two skin types (oily and dry). Combination skin is characterized by an oil T-zone (nose, chin and forehead) and dry in other areas of the skin.

Your skin type is a combination if you notice these:

  • Mild breakout and dryness at the same time.
  • Skin gets oily in summer and dry in winter.
  • T-zone is oily with clogged pores and other areas are dry.
  • Feels dryness on the cheeks and the T-zone looks greasy after waking up in the morning.

DIY Scrub For Exfoliation

Exfoliation is needed twice a week gently.

  • Take a bowl.
  • Add almond powder (½ tablespoon) and coffee powder (½ tablespoon)
  • Add enough honey or curd to make a paste.
  • Mix well to get the scrub.

Precautions To Take When Exfoliating Face

  1. Use warm water for washing your face, as hot water can be too harsh for the skin.
  2. Do not press your fingers against your skin, it can lead to inflammation and irritation.
  3. Don’t scrub too hard.
  4. Use a toner and moisturizer/hydrating serum right after exfoliating.
  5. Never exfoliate if your skin is sunburned or you have open cuts or wounds.

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