Why Moisturize After Exfoliating?

Moisturizing after exfoliating is a key part of the skin repair and treatment process—but not everyone does it. Understanding why you need to perform a particular step is almost as important as doing it in the first place.

Skincare after exfoliation is a necessary step. Getting rid of the dead skin cells by exfoliating is only the first part. You also need to take care of the fresh skin revealed after you exfoliate.

Here’s a quick guide to moisturizing after exfoliating.

What to do after exfoliating

Your skin sheds cells all day, every day. Once a skin cell dies, it stays on the surface of the skin until it’s sloughed off. This can result in dry patches, acne, inflammation and more. Exfoliating helps remove all the dead cells so that they won’t clog your pores and create an uneven skin tone.

Once you remove the dead skin, though, you need to moisturize. Exfoliation also removes the skin’s natural oils, which keeps you hydrated, but it can be harsh on your face. Moisturizing keeps the new skin underneath hydrated, smooth and glowing. Try a glycerin-based moisturizer. Glycerin is a humectant, meaning it keeps moisture in and draws even more moisture in from your environment.

Next make sure that you continue your daily sunscreen regimen. In summer, we can get plenty of harsh sunlight year-round—but you also need to wear it when it’s cold and cloudy, especially after you exfoliate. The new, raw skin needs extra protection from harsh UV radiation. Look for a moisturizing sunscreen that will help you retain hydration, even while working to protect against the sun’s rays.

Finally, make sure that you use products that won’t irritate or inflame the skin. Ingredients like AHA, BHA or vitamin C can irritate your newly exfoliated skin. Instead, choose products that soothe the skin and allow it to repair itself. Look for products that contain guaiazulene, which is common in products that help soothe burns and other irritants.

Tips and tricks

Exfoliating is an art and a science—you not only have to pick the right products for your specific skin, but you need to exfoliate properly, too. Don’t do it too often, or your skin will be raw—but don’t neglect it, or you’ll get dull skin and breakouts.

If you have sensitive skin, consider a chemical exfoliant rather than a scrub. Enzymatic and chemical exfoliants reach deeper layers of the skin, but they’re still gentle enough to use twice per month on sensitive skin.

Don’t forget to exfoliate around your eyes, which helps reduce the lines and wrinkles and gets rid of milia (the tiny white bumps often around the eyes). Gently scrub or peel, taking care not to get the exfoliants in your eyes.

If you need help figuring out which products and techniques work for your skin, pay a visit to the Gilbert Wax Bar, LLC today, or get in touch with us to schedule an appointment and inquire about our services. We look forward to welcoming you soon!

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