7 Reasons You Need an Exfoliating Cleanser in Your Beauty Routine
Every good beauty routine includes an exfoliating cleanser. We'll tell you why you need to add one in and how exfoliating will benefit your overall skin health.
Should you use an exfoliating cleanser -- even with your skin type?
On the surface, exfoliation can seem like a no-no for certain skin types. Won't it dry or damage certain types of skin?
In this article, we'll look the facts about exfoliation and see why you need an exfoliating cleanser in your beauty routine.
Clears Up Acne & Breakouts
You may be afraid to use an exfoliating cleanser if you have acne or breakouts. But those sudden breakouts you may get after exfoliating are not to be trusted.
If you haven't exfoliated in a while, then an exfoliating cleanser can make matters seem worse.
But exfoliation can help reduce breakouts over time because it clears out dirt, oil and skin cells that clog your pores.
The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that you:
- Use milder exfoliating options to avoid irritation
- Not try to exfoliate away cysts or pustules
- Be aware of whether your skin condition is the result of a viral infection that may be worsened with exfoliation and need professional treatment.
Improves Skin Texture
Aging is a part of life. But how our skin ages has as much to do with our routine as it does with genetics and diet.
Exfoliating cleansers can increase the production of collagen, a protein present in youthful, healthy skin.
It can also reduce the appearance of dark spots that may make skin appear older.
When you exfoliate you remove dead cells and dirt, giving the new healthy cells room to "breathe" so that that skin rejuvenates faster.
Skin looks significantly younger and feels softer and smoother.
Pores Appear Smaller
Dirt, oil and dead skin cells clog pores. The longer these substances are present, the bigger pores become.
When you remove this junk as only an exfoliating cleanser can, pores can return to their normal shape and appearance.
Makeup Looks Better
If you're a painter, you wouldn't paint without sanding first. You wouldn't set the table for dinner without cleaning it.
The same way you wouldn't set the table for dinner without cleaning it.
You wouldn't also put your sandwich on a dirty plate.
Makeup looks better when the skin is prepared by removing dirt, oil and dead skin cells. Otherwise, the makeup just mixes in with the dirty mess.
Better Absorption of Topical Medication
We've given you some cosmetic reasons, but here's the truth. An exfoliated face and body absorb medication more readily!
If you're using a topical medication, you may not be getting the full benefits if you're not using an exfoliating cleanser first.
Better Absorption of Anti-Aging Serums and Treatments
Better Absorption of Moisturizer
If your face is dry, you may be afraid to exfoliate. But an exfoliating cleanser will also help you better absorb moisturizers.
The Exfoliating Cleanser Is for Everyone
If you have a severe dermatological condition, you should consult your doctor before choosing a cleanser. But as a general rule, exfoliation is for everyone.
What would you add to our list of reasons it should be a part of your beauty routine? We'd love to hear from you in the comments section below!