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We've Been Exfoliating Wrong Our Whole Lives!

According to The Glow, we could be doing more harm than good when it comes to exfoliation, and most of us are doing it wrong.

“By ‘rubbing’ exfoliator too vigorously over the skin’s surface we can damage the protective layer. A gentle gliding or ‘press and release’ action with wet fingertips should be all that is required,” Danielle Williams, Jurlique’s Education Specialist told The Glow.

“If we are overly zealous with either our technique or frequency, we can deplete the hydrolipidic barrier that prevents moisture loss, as well as contributing to ruptured capillaries by thinning the surface layer.”

Exfoliating is great to remove dead skin cells, but you don't need to vigorously rub it onto the skin on your face.

Also, over-exfoliation can exacerbate skin problems like pimples and blackheads.

“Ironically, the reasons why we want to exfoliate more (like acne, blackheads, lines and wrinkles) are exacerbated by harsh exfoliation,” Williams said.

But don't throw out your exfoliator just yet, the trick is down to:

1. Technique. Do NOT rub the exfoliator in, simply press it into your skin rather than grind it on.
2. Balance. Make sure you choose an exfoliator that suits your skin. Ask a dermatologist if you're not sure.

“The most important aspect to remember is that regular gentle exfoliation is most effective in keeping your skin soft and glowing, and that ‘over-exfoliation’ will leave skin dehydrated and potentially sensitised,” Williams said.

Source: The Glow

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