Taking care of our skin ensures it is great, right?
During the winter months, my skin would start to feel weird. I noticed a severe increase in texture that was not common during other periods of the year. I’m talking such a texture problem that I considered seeing a dermatologist on multiple occasions. During these periods, I would be incredibly gentle to my skin. The one skin care step that I wasn’t doing? Exfoliating. Trust me, I love a good exfoliant, and I probably always will. The idea of a fresh face really gets the beauty blogger inside of me going. Exfoliating was actually killing my skin, seriously.
Our skin needs to be cleaned! We deal with pollution in the world, oils on our faces, and not to mention the products that we put onto our skin. Any time my face felt dirty, I was exfoliating it. During the summer, I honestly need that kind of skincare routine. My skin is oily during the summer and dry as the Sahara during the winter. You can actually over exfoliate your skin FYI! By sticking to my typical skincare routine, I was actually stripping my skin of oils that it desperately needed. We can only replace so much topically.
Exfoliating should be a part of your skincare routine
Exfoliating is a really important step in a skincare routine. Every now and then, we need to take that dead layer of skin off. To my surprise, it really is not that often for me. Everyone has different skin, and I think it is important to get to know your skin. This legitimately took me years to figure out. It was only through trial and error that I realized how exfoliating was killing my skin every single year. Last year, I didn’t have the issue of texture, and this is when I really noticed it. I started using the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser just over a year ago, and I was so weary of how my skin would like it.
I seriously thought that it was going to be too gentle and that because it was more of a creamy consistency that it would break my skin out in a matter of minutes. To my surprise, that is the exact opposite of what happened. Not only was my skin actually more smooth than when I used exfoliating cleansers, but I broke out way less than I ever had before. I think the Milky Jelly Cleanser is probably one of the best facial cleansers I have ever used. Because I was using exfoliating products so often, it was actually causing my skin to become raw and irritated. Resulting in breakouts, inflammation, and you guessed it, texture issues.
Reasons why exfoliating might be hurting your skin
Like I said, using an exfoliating product/device too often can be a huge reason that your skin may be becoming irritated or sensitive. There are quite a few issues that may also be causing your skincare routine to ruin your skin.
- Using products that are too harsh: Most exfoliating products will have different levels of exfoliants. There are some products that I swear have nothing in them, and there are others that feel like you have sandpaper on your face. Finding something that is comfortable for you is key. If you have sensitive skin or are just starting to experiment, go for something that is not too harsh.
- If you are using the same exfoliant for face and body, stop: The skin on our face is highly sensitive. Personally, the rest of my body can handle some intense exfoliation, but my face cannot. Try using different products to reduce abrasion.
- You might simply be rubbing too hard: Most exfoliating products have you scrubbing with a tool, or using your hands in a circular motion. I’m completely guilty of rubbing my skin way too hard in the past. If you are seeing immediate redness or feeling any pain, you are rubbing too hard. Additionally, if you’re using a device to exfoliate with, that may be the issue.
Have you ever had any issues with exfoliating?