WRONG. Time and time again, I have heard women say “my face is really oily so I have to exfoliate daily”. I have fallen into that trap myself, but exfoliating daily is not the solution!

We all have different skin types and these generally fall under four different categories:

  • Normal (the luckiest of the bunch!)
  • Oily
  • Dry
  • Sensitive

We then have what is probably the most common called ‘combination skin’. This means a combination of the different types and is generally when your skin is normal in some areas and oily in others. This brought about the ‘T-Zone’, which is the forehead, nose and chin creating a T shape and is the area that is commonly oilier than the rest of the face. This would be my skin type, which means I would have to follow a different skin care regime than someone who falls under a different skin type.

Coming back to exfoliating… women believe that because their skin secretes so much oil, they need to exfoliate daily to keep it at bay. If this is you, this is not the answer. I remember when I first used a decent exfoliator on my face and how it removed the shine and oil from my t-zone. This made me believe that it was the answer! However, I later learnt how this was actually harming my skin in the long run and just making things a lot worse.

The oil and shine came back harsher than ever. Think about it… if I’m scrubbing my skin every day to remove its natural moisture, my skin will have to work extra hard to nourish it again, causing it to produce more than usual in the long run. Our skin has a protective layer on the surface and exfoliating daily removes this protective layer, also causing it to be more prone to sun damage, aging and dryness. It destructs the healthy cells beneath the barrier layer, resulting in inflammation and irritation, particularly when using other products.

Now I’m not saying we shouldn’t do it at all, as obviously it is good to remove the dead skin cells, revealing new cells and giving us a much brighter and glowing complexion. However, it should be reduced to around 2-3 times a week, if even that! Personally, I exfoliate once a week and feel that this is enough for me.

So find a healthy balance and what works for you personally, but try not to include it in your daily skin regime. Trust me… it will be better for your skin in the long run.

Published by Jodie Cullen