Do you know your skin type? Is it considered oily, dry, or a combination of the two? Are you prone to clogged pores and breakouts due to excess oil? Or are flaky patches on the face a challenge for you? As Skin Health Experts, we treat specific skin concerns every day at our Los Angeles clinic. Because skin type affects the ingredients and products we recommend/use on our clients, it’s essential that we start each treatment with a skin type assessment. Then we do a gentle cleansing with the right cleanser based on skin type, followed by exfoliation that’s also customized to skin type.
Why exfoliation? Because, as our founder Kate often says, it’s the #1 way to transform skin. Exfoliation works as a face scrub to remove the top layer of dry skin and clean out your pores for a brighter complexion. It also helps to smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while improving the texture of your skin. Regardless of skin type, you want to add exfoliation to your at-home regimen twice a week to achieve smoother, brighter, gorgeous skin. Below, we’ve identified the best types of exfoliation based on skin type so you can reap the same benefits of exfoliation regardless of skin type.
Exfoliation for Dry Skin
Dry skin typically has a dull appearance and a rougher texture. A gentle exfoliant with a physical agent like silica sloughs away dead skin cells from the surface but still keeps the protective barrier intact. Also, using a mild cleanser and a slightly abrasive tool such as a washcloth or body brush removes flaky areas for softer skin with a beautiful glow. Be careful not to rub the skin too abrasively, since this can cause small tears or inflammation.
When relying on chemical exfoliation, look for products that contain glycolic acid, which helps to brighten the skin tone. Whichever method of exfoliation you prefer, aim for twice a week to keep flaky skin away and leave your face feeling smoother and more supple.
Exfoliation for Oily Skin
If a shiny t-zone is your top skin concern, you most likely have oily skin. This happens when the skin produces too much sebum that sticks around and clogs pores. Oily skin is also hyper-prone to breakouts. Typically speaking, chemical exfoliation is a better choice for oily skin since physical techniques may inadvertently wreak havoc on the skin and cause bacteria to spread.
Powerful ingredients like salicylic acid break down impurities that live inside of pores and helps to regulate the skin’s oil production. Up your exfoliation to two to three times a week to combat oily skin and concurring breakouts. It will leave your complexion looking and feeling super clean and more radiant.
Exfoliation for Combination Skin
Combination skin means you have the challenges of both oily and dry skin to deal with at the same time. You may have an oily forehead and nose, but dry patches along the cheeks and jawline. Just like with dry skin types, exfoliation with glycolic acid is a good choice to combat flaky skin while also removing pore buildup. However, you may benefit from salicylic acid as well to take care of the greasier spots.
Exfoliation for Sensitive Skin
Do you experience rashes, redness, irritation, or burning of your skin? These are symptoms of sensitive skin. You’ll want to be careful not to exfoliate too often or scrub the skin too hard with your exfoliator. A soothing ingredient like lactic acid helps to nourish the skin and minimize flare-ups. Exfoliate once or twice a week, depending on your level of skin sensitivity. If you experience inflammation or prolonged redness, switch to once a week and see if that improves the skin’s condition. It’s possible that over-exfoliation is irritating your skin. However, if it still continues after a week, consider seeking out professional advice from a dermatologist or esthetician.
By identifying which types of exfoliation and frequency works best for your skin type, you’ll experience healthier, gorgeous, glowing skin. Add this step to your weekly skincare regimen to see and maintain your radiant results. When you use our Kate Somerville ExfoliKate® Intensive Exfoliating Treatment, you get a clinic inspired treatment from the comfort of home that’s formulated to unclog pores, get rid of dead skin cells and condition and smooth skin texture at the same time.
How to Handle Changing Skin Conditions
Keep in mind that skin may change from time to time based on lifestyle shifts, including:
For example, increased stress can cause your skin to sag or appear dull even if your skin type is oily. Alternatively, excessive sweating in the summertime can cause typically dry skin to be more acne-prone. The type and frequency of exfoliation that’s best for your skin may change depending on the season or what condition your skin is currently in. Adapt your skincare routine to what it needs in the present moment.
Exfoliation Benefits for All
As Skin Health Experts, we work with our clients to create and customize skincare regimens based on skin type. To discover healthy, beautiful skin at home, start with the basics and add steps as needed. Many people often get confused about the order of steps in a skincare routine such as whether you exfoliate or cleanse first. But, the easiest plan to follow is our 5 Daily Dos:
- Cleanse/Remove Makeup
- Protect With SPF (day use)
Remember, the key to achieving and maintaining healthy looking skin lies in consistency. Exfoliating twice a week with ExfoliKate® will reveal a noticeable difference – even after just the first use! The surface of your skin will feel softer and smoother than before. After using for several weeks on a regular basis, you’ll see a significant improvement to your skin texture and pores.
Add exfoliation to your skincare regimen and start seeing the results appear on your face. For additional guidance, check out what the experts have to say about this skincare step with these esthetician tips for exfoliation! Once you’ve figured out your skin type and preferred exfoliation method, you are well on your way to clear, more luminous-looking skin.