Exfoliation is an important part of your skincare routine! It's essential to keep your pores clean and clear of dead skin cells and gives your face that healthy glow. Who said you can never have too much of a good thing? With exfoliating, there is such a thing as too much. Surprisingly, over-exfoliating is easy to do and common. While it's good to exfoliate regularly, overdoing it can aggravate your skin and cause irritation.
So how much is too much? The short answer is, it depends on your skin type. Each skin type will help you determine how often you should exfoliate your face without going overboard.
If you have dry skin that feels tight, that's likely due to the decreased amount of lipids in the skin that help it retain its moisture. In this case, you're likely to notice an uneven skin tone, a dull look to your complexion, and flaky areas. Since you already lack natural oils, exfoliation isn't necessary as often. Once or twice a week, top's is enough exfoliating for you to benefit without overdoing it.
Oily skin usually causes pores to be more visible and gives off a shiny or greasy appearance. If you don't treat your oily skin, pores can quickly become clogged and enlarged. Oily skin has a quicker buildup rate of impurities that clog the pores, and for this reason, your skin can handle a good exfoliation more often. Let's say- two to three times a week to keep your skin looking vibrant!
While it's good to exfoliate, we also know you can end up over-exfoliating your face. The signs of over-exfoliating can be a combination of a few things! Redness and irritation may feel like an obvious sign, and it's likely the first one you will notice. It's normal for your skin to be slightly red immediately following exfoliation, but if you glance in the mirror hours later or even the next day and see your face looks irritated, that's a sign it's time to take it down a notch.
Skin dryness and flakiness is another signal from your skin that it's been over exfoliated. If you start to notice dry patches or flakes, you might be overdoing it. If you have oily skin, it might not be as easy to tell you've over-exfoliating. As if your skin wasn't shiny enough in certain areas, over-exfoliating may cause your dehydrated skin to produce an overproduction of oil. The reason for this is due to your skin over-compensating by producing excess oil to protect itself while trying to rehydrate.
If you begin to notice your skin is irritated and you're overdoing the exfoliation take a break for a week and let your skin recover. Once your skin has healed, ease back into it and start with 1-2 times a week. At this point, less is more!
Be sure to use products targeted at rebuilding the skin barrier and protecting and hydrating your skin. Cobalts Invigorate Face Wash is one of them and contains ingredients that can help reduce inflammation and injured and exposed skin while also providing a skin barrier. To help replace the moisture in your dry over exfoliated skin, be sure to moisturize! The Recharge Face Moisturizer is loaded with cutting-edge ingredients and potent antioxidants. The Recharge Face Moisturizer is packed with ingredients that condition and reduce inflammation while improving the appearance of damaged skin.
Last but not least, if your skin feels over exfoliated and sensitive, make it a priority to wear sunscreen! When your skins barrier is depleted, it's more likely to be sensitive to sun damage which can cause more irritation. Cobalts Face Moisturizer with SPF 30 is your go-to to help protect your skin and is mineral-based, so it's extra kind to your sensitive skin. Once you find the perfect exfoliating routine, you'll be on your way to waking up with fresher, healthier, and more glowing skin.