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For our very first episode, we focused on exfoliation, one of the most important steps of a balanced skincare routine. From picking the right exfoliator for your skin type, to knowing which method to use based on the skin’s condition, we gave you the tips and tools to make an informed skincare choice, along with some exfoliating hacks you might not have thought of. But most importantly, we let you know what to do after exfoliating face to maintain a healthy complexion.
What To Do After Exfoliating Face
Exfoliating doesn’t begin and end with the actual physical act of scrubbing way the dead skin cells on our face - that alone won’t keep your skin looking and feeling healthy. There are many steps necessary to making sure that you’re exfoliating properly, which requires preparation of the right products, and ensuring that the skin isn’t being handled too roughly. But most importantly, the fate of your skin lies in the hands of the post-exfoliating care. So, what to do after exfoliating face you ask? Read on to find out the top three things you can do to care for your skin after exfoliating.
1. Use Glycerin-fortified moisturizers
If you’ve been curious what to do after exfoliating face, the main takeaway is to stay moisturized! While a single exfoliating session won’t strip the skin of all its moisture, repeatedly exfoliating without properly following up with a good moisturizer can leave your face feeling and looking dryer than it did pre-exfoliation. The act of exfoliating is actually pretty harsh on the skin, and involves literally getting rid of the dead skin cells that lay on the surface of the skin. During this process, we tend to get rid of the protective natural oils our skin produces, which is why it’s necessary to replenish the skin of the moisture it needs to function properly. Just like the body needs water, the skin needs to stay hydrated in order to repair itself and protect it from outside forces. This is why products that contain ultra-hydrating oils and humectants, like Glycerin, as they are extra efficient in moisturizing, and locking in the moisture deep in the skin.
2. Protect skin with sunscreen
If you’re on top of your skincare knowledge, you should know that you need to apply sunscreen at all times, rain or shine, when you know your skin will be exposed to UV rays. However, applying sunscreen becomes all the more important especially after exfoliating due to the highly sensitive state the skin is left in. Even if you personally think your skin is tough and can take the heat, literally, it’s still crucial that you apply a UV protectant. The particularly raw and vulnerable state the skin is at post-exfoliation is more susceptible to damage and harm from UV rays, such as premature aging, and in worst-case-scenario, skin cancer. Opt for a moisturizing sunscreen that is light and comfortable on the skin, and avoid those that rely strictly on chemical protectants, as they can be slightly harsh on the skin.
3. Let the skin relax
After exfoliating, the skin is going to be at a more sensitive state than usual. This is why it’s important to give it time to recover, by allowing it to calm and repair itself. Products that contain acids like AHA and BHA, or even vitamin C, can work to worsen the irritation the skin is already feeling by adding another step that strips the skin’s outermost layer. Just like we wouldn’t scrub an open wound, we have to be careful in treating the sensitive state of our skin. Instead, use products that focus on providing relief to the skin through soothing ingredients such as centella asiatica, and guaiazulene, a common ingredient found in medicated burn treatment ointments.
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