My mom used to always ask do you have to do things butt backwards, and my answer was always I have to do them the way they make the most sense. Just like the old adage of if you keep your ends trimmed your hair will grow that always befuddled me since your hair grows from your scalp, and has since been proven wrong, so does the exfoliation of skin and when to do it really get me.
Most skin care companies will tell you that by cleansing first you help to remove dirt, sweat, and makeup off the skins surface. You are then working with a clean base to then exfoliate away dead skin cells that can pile up on the skins surface. Here’s my problem with that, 1. If I cleanse first and then exfoliate how am I washing the dead skin away? 2. Why doesn’t the new cleared skin deserve to be washed more than the old dead skin? So I searched on the Internet to see if anyone else felt the same way I did and I stumbled across an article where celebrity dermatologist Dr. Harold Lancer creator of the unique Step Reversing Skin Revival System chimed in with his thoughts on exfoliation, and here’s what he had to say.
” If you are thinking about the top layer of the skin with all the pollution and debris if you use a cleanser first the majority of the debris is not removed.” He goes on to explain and advises using a polish first to blast skins surface. “The polish ingredients are linked directly to prime the skin for the cleansing step that leaves an epidermis that is ready to soak up the nutrients, antioxidants, and minerals that skin needs.
Make a little more sense? To me it completely hit on everything I had been questioning about the cleanse before exfoliation.
As far as the cleansing to remove the dirt, oil, debris, and makeup first, well that’s where double cleansing comes in and works like a charm. All you need to do is find a great Cleansing Oil and trust me they are quite a few out there, and on dry skin apply your oil cleansing Oil first, and massage. Rinse, then exfoliate, rinse, and then use your regular cleanser. It really works wonders for the skin doing this three step routine, and the only thing left now is which part of the day, and how often.
I exfoliate every single day, and if your skin doesn’t over produce oils by daily exfoliation then you can too, but if your skin doesn’t appreciate that then you’ll have to go from everyday to every other or three times weekly. Give it a try, and let your skin tell you what it’s up for, but always remember to use a very gentle exfoliant and not a harsh dermabrasion. Those are for treatments reserved once or twice a month and should not be used with exfoliation on the same day.
The other thing is what time of day should you exfoliate? Well let’s think about this because it’s really a no brainer. You could exfoliate first thing in the morning, apply skincare, makeup, pick up a zillion dirt, germs, and debris and come home and just wash your face or you can do it at night which is what I highly recommend for two reasons. 1. By exfoliating at night you are getting rid of every last nasty that the day has put on your skin giving you a fresh clean face for bed. 2. When you sleep your body heals itself just like the “get plenty of rest and fluids” everyone will tell you when you get sick because when the body is at rest it’s not doing the 500 things it does when your awake. This means at night your scrapes, cuts, sickness, and skin all have the time to heal that they need without being put on the back burner.
To me there’s a time, place, and when for everything and exfoliation is no different. I hope you enjoyed reading this just as much as I enjoyed writing it, and hopefully I’ll be back soon with more skincare tips.
Until next time don’t forget to stay sweet!
Love Candi 🍬