There is no doubt about it: exfoliating is an absolute must. Especially in the winter. Depending on where you live, the winter season may be on the chilly side. When the temperatures start to drop, the humidity drops, too...which means there is less moisture in the air. The end result? Dry and flaky skin. While exfoliating is a good idea year-round, it is especially important during this time of year. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells, which not only makes your skin look better, but also ensures that your foundation applies with ease. For healthier and happier skin, exfoliation is essential. But how often should it be done?
Well...it depends. The first thing to consider is your skin type. If you have dry skin (like me) or oily skin, exfoliating two to three times per week is best. You don't want to overdo it, because over exfoliation can lead to redness and irritation. How can you tell how much is too much? Pay attention to your skin! If you find that three times a week is causing your skin to look red and raw, switch to twice a week, or consider a less abrasive exfoliator. Those with sensitive skin should exfoliate once or twice per week. Start with once per week and then work up to twice a week, if you feel that it is needed. Just make sure that you are using a very gentle exfoliator if you have any skin sensitivity. Some of the exfoliants out there can be a little bit harsh, so be sure to choose an exfoliating product that is specifically geared towards sensitive skin.
Don't forget the lips! In addition to exfoliating your skin, it is also important to exfoliate your lips, as needed. Something like the Lip-Loving Scrubstick from Fenty Beauty or the e.l.f. Lip Scrub will work well. Do you notice that your lips are flaking or rough? Use the exfoliating product once a week during the winter months and remember to apply a moisturizing balm regularly. Bonus points for using a lip mask before bed. Your lips will be nourished and comfortable all season long.
When your skin is dry or flaky...don't just slather on more moisturizer. Be sure to exfoliate regularly! After all, exfoliants improve the effectiveness of all those moisturizing products. Once the dead skin cells have been removed, all of the other skin care products absorb better. That means more effective results day after day. Add this must-have step to your routine.
How often do you exfoliate? How do you keep your skin healthy in winter?