Can You Exfoliate Too Much?
Absolutely! There is 100 per cent such a thing as over-exfoliating.
If you go too hard with exfoliants, you can impair your skin barrier. While too many dead skin cells can leave skin looking dull, our skin barrier (or stratum corneum) needs some layers of dead skin to keep environmental irritants out, and hydration in.
An impaired skin barrier results in skin that stings and feels uncomfortable, even when using products that don't usually sting (even water). The answer? Stripping your skincare routine right back to basics for around four to six weeks.
How Often Should I Exfoliate?
How often you exfoliate depends on your skin type, skin concerns and what feels right for you.
Generally speaking, you can use an exfoliating product between one and three times a week in the evening. If you're new to exfoliating, start with a gentle product once a week, and build up to every second or third evening.
Beginners might also like to start with an exfoliating cleanser that combines your cleansing and chemical exfoliating steps.
How To Exfoliate Face.
If using an exfoliating cleanser, apply to wet skin and massage before rinsing off. If using an exfoliating scrub, gently massage into wet skin and rinse.
For liquid chemical exfoliants, saturate a cotton pad and swipe over the face (avoiding the eye area) or tip some into your hands and pat into the skin. Exfoliating serums can be applied to clean, dry skin. You can also apply a moisturiser over the top after exfoliating.
Now you know what exfoliation is and why your skin will love it, here are some of the best-selling exfoliating products on Adore in order of strength.
This list includes the best exfoliating cleansers, the best physical exfoliant, the best enzyme mask, and the best chemical exfoliants.