Is Your Cleansing Brush Helping or Hurting?
Most rotating facial cleansing brushes market themselves as cleansing brushes. In truth, they are essentially exfoliating tools. The bristles physically brush away dry skin cells, removing dirt and makeup in the process. While having a clean face is a good thing, you don’t want to scrub your skin the same way you scrub your kitchen floor! Healthy skin requires a certain level of natural oils and beneficial bacteria to remain present.
Why exfoliate at all?
Your skin actually does some of it’s own exfoliating as it creates new skin cells and sheds the rest. As you age, cell turn over decreases, and your skin can benefit from a bit of external help. Exfoliating the skin increases cell turnover and also stimulates the production of new cells, helping skin look fresh and rejuvenated. Exfoliation includes everything from rotating cleansing brushes, loofahs, and dry brushing to chemical peels and microdermabrasion.
too much of a good thing
However, too much exfoliation can cause dryness, chronic inflammation, and skin discoloration. Any kind of exfoliation thins the skin barrier, which can lead to moisture loss and sensitivity. Take care to moisturize after any exfoliation, and to use sunscreen, since the skin will be more susceptible to sun damage.
Questioning your exfoliation choices? Simply ask us at your next visit and we’d be delighted to help you create a ideal plan for your skin.