How to Get Glowing Skin by Exfoliating

Everyone wants glowing skin and the way to get it is through exfoliation. However, there is a fine line between exfoliating to get glowing skin and exfoliating to get red and irritated skin. In this article I am going to explain how often you should be exfoliating and what you should be using based on your skin type.

What Is Skin Exfoliation?

To begin let me first explain what exfoliating is. Exfoliating is an extensive process of removing the dead cells from the upper layer of the skin. Exfoliation can be chemical or physical. For those wanted to fight aging chemical exfoliants are best. I love the aha accelerator from Glymed and the Skintuition Brand Retinol. For those trying to even out texture, you should try the physical exfoliants. One of my favorites is the Anti Aging exfoliating mask from Glymed.


How Often Should You Exfoliate?

This all depends on your skin’s sensitivity and health. For normal skin the frequency of skin exfoliation is 2-3 times a week. For sensitive skin, only once a week and if you have an oily skin, then you can exfoliate 3-5 times a week. If you start to get any redness or irritation take a break and let the skin calm down and then scale back on the amount of times you are exfoliating each week. You never want red skin, so not over exfoliating is crucial. If your skin is already red or irritated then you are not ready to exfoliate yet. First, you must fix your skin barrier.

Why You Shouldn’t Over- Exfoliate Your Skin?

While there are numerous benefits of exfoliating your skin, overdoing it can backfire as well. If you over exfoliate your skin it can cause irritation or even widen your pores. It can also dry out the skin and give you a wind burned look.

Additional Tips For Exfoliating

  •    Be sure to use a professional exfoliant. Over the counter products rarely work as they are advertised to and can damage the skin.

  •    Don’t use harsh products on your face. For instance, body scrubs are not meant to be used on the face.

  •    Avoid exfoliating the night before a big event as some irritation can occur

  •    Start Gentle. Less is more with exfoliation and if you are too aggressive right away you will end up with irritated skin

  •    Make sure to wear sunscreen as exfoliation treatments make your skin more sensitive to the sun.

  •    Don’t wax before or after you exfoliate your skin. You can end up with a burn.

All About Vitamin C

Vitamin C is critical for your body and plays an important role in maintaining healthy, resilient skin. While young skin is full of vitamin C, aging skin naturally loses this nutrient over time. Other factors like exposure to the sun, pollutants and cigarette smoke compound the decline of vitamin C, contributing to signs of aging. The good news is that you can fight back by replenishing your skin’s vitamin C levels to help combat and even reverse free radical’s effect on your face.

Wrinkles

One of the most critical functions of vitamin C is its role in the production of collagen, a protein that gives your skin its elasticity. As you age, collagen breaks down and wrinkles begin to form. Stabilizing your skin’s levels of vitamin C can help to counteract wrinkle formation by increasing collagen production.

Age Spots

Age spots are essentially sun damage, and vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, shown to reduce the number of damaged cells as well as reverse age-related damage to skin. While it’s not a replacement for sunscreen, vitamin C protects against UV damage like discoloration and fine lines.

Facial Redness

Vitamin C, L-ascorbic acid, helps repair broken capillaries, reduce redness, and strengthens the capillary walls to prevent future redness.

Your Anti-Aging Regimen

Taking vitamin C through a supplement or food is beneficial to your skin, but the more noticeable results happen when using a high quality topical vitamin C. When I created Dani Elise Vitamin C we made sure it has a light, non-greasy feel, while still delivering the maximum amount of its active ingredients to the skin.

Apply topical vitamin C once a day in the morning to utilize vitamin C’s sun-protecting properties. The length of time from when you start using vitamin C until you see results varies with each person. While some people see changes as soon as 2-4 weeks, it may take others 6-8 weeks to see a difference. After around 6 months, you’ll reach the maximum benefits.