If you remember when exfoliation products first came to market and you haven’t changed your scrub routine, it’s time to do so.
That’s because sand blasting your face with scrubs can cause dryness, break blood vessels and scratch delicate skin. Plus, the problems go beyond the surface.
Too much exfoliation can accelerate skin aging by stressing your dermis, which is the thick layer directly below the surface skin. It’s where most aging really happens.
Your dermis thins with age as your blood circulation decreases. This makes it harder for your hungry dermis to get the nutrients and oxygen it needs. Exfoliating can strip your skin’s natural protective coating which puts pressure on the dermis. That means it’s working to get nourishment while trying to rejuvenate its protective layer. Meanwhile, your dermis is also fighting increased sun sensitivity.
So what’s a mature beauty to do? Go gentle with non-abrasive, natural exfoliants.
If you’re into sloughing off tired skin, look for facial scrubs with non-abrasive ingredients such as almond meal and jojoba beads, which have rounded edges that won’t scratch your skin (or harm the environment like dreaded plastic beads do).
If you find peels more appealing, go for fruit acid-based products that dissolve dead skin cells. Ingredients like pineapple, pumpkin and papaya enzymes work wonders naturally.
And remember, exfoliating one or two times a week is plenty.