How Often Should You Really Be Exfoliating?
Second to that insanely smooth texture post-facial, there's no better feeling than freshly exfoliated skin, but when your complexion starts getting a little raw after scrubbing everyday, consider it proof that you can have too much of a good thing. "If your skin is very irritated, has visibile redness, or is tight, dry, or flaking, these are signs you are over-exfoliating," says skin therapist Ildi Pekar. "It may feel like that gritty scrub is polishing up dull skin, but using rough exfoliators can be causing more harm than good, resulting in broken capillaries and irritation. Raw skin can also become infected if you don't follow up with a soothing moisturizer." Generally speaking, Pekar recommends reaching for your favorite scrub no more than twice a week, although, depending on the season, weather conditions, and how much makeup you wear, you may be able to get away with one extra session. Don't get too aggressive, though, and make sure you immediately top off your skin with a nourishing serum or moisturizer.
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