Covering 2 square meters of our body, our skin is our largest organ. That being the case, it has lots of responsibilities because it works for a pretty large amount of space in our body.
Any help for this busy and important organ is a necessity, whether you’re young or adult.
Skincare is a must for everybody, especially if you have continuous acne problems or your skin is prone to acne.
There are lots of different ways to take care of your skin, and exfoliation can be very effective when it comes to acne.
But what is exfoliation?
Don’t let its name scare you; in this article, I’ll explain exactly what exfoliation means and how to exfoliate face naturally.
So, let’s start!
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What is Exfoliation?
The cells in our skin die off every day, causing our skin to be fresh and smooth.
However, there are some skin cells that can’t make it that easy, so we need to remove them by ourselves if we want to avoid oily, rough skin or acne problems.
At this point, exfoliation comes into play.
Exfoliating your face helps you to get rid of the worn-out and unwanted cells and makes your skin appear much healthier and softer.
Unfortunately, there are lots of people who lead their skin to have difficulty in creating new skin cells due to over-exfoliation or using heavy chemicals on their face. As a result, they become more vulnerable to sunlight and have wrinkles or scars on their face.
Speaking of wrinkles… Have you already joined the “wrinkles under eyes” club? You have? Welcome! Me too.
That’s why if you want to educate yourself more on that topic, I did some research and wrote an article on tips on battling under eye wrinkles.
Instead of using harsh chemicals to exfoliate your face, you can use certain natural ingredients depending on your skin type. By using the right kind of natural exfoliators, you can make your face appear softer and clearer without disturbing your skin.
What is the best way to exfoliate your face? Which natural exfoliators should you use for your face?
What follows is a list of the 3 best natural exfoliators you can find easily and a guide for how to apply them on your face.
Now, take your notes!
Choosing the Best Natural Exfoliator for Face
What is a natural exfoliator for the face?
When it comes to your face, you need to be careful about what you use. Even if it’s a natural exfoliator, you should know about your skin type and how it can react to the ingredients you use before exfoliating.
Once you’re aware of your skin and what it needs, you can see how effective the following natural exfoliators are, especially if you have acne or oily skin problems.
Now, let’s have a look:
Honey is a great natural exfoliant for acne prone skin because it has lots of antioxidants (such as phenolic acids and flavonoids) that help you to control acne.
It can be a good ingredient along with avocado or banana, so make sure you include it for your face masks to have a shiny and healthy face.
How to Apply?
Before applying your face mask, make sure your face is clean; washing your face with organic soap will make you get the full benefits of the ingredients in the mixture.
Then, include the ingredients: one banana, two teaspoons of organic honey, and a few drops of lemon juice.
Mix them carefully and apply to your face for 15-20 minutes. Wash your face with cool water and that’s all!
Yogurt can be a good exfoliator because it helps your skin to get rid of its dead cells thanks to the high level of lactic acid it contains.
Yogurt can also be a natural exfoliator for acne; it softens your face and reduces acne breakouts when used regularly.
How to Apply?
Yogurt is one of the easiest exfoliators you can use: just apply it to your face and wait for a few minutes to let it be absorbed into your skin.
Wash your face with cool water and repeat the process several times a week.
Believe me, you’ll see the difference.
Lemon is rich in alpha hydroxy acid, which is really good at removing layers of dead skin cells and gives firmness to your skin.
It’s a natural exfoliator for oily skin; a few drops of lemon juice will tighten your skin and dry up your pores.
How to Apply?
Lemon juice can be used with various other ingredients, such as sage scrub or avocado.
Mix avocado, two tablespoons honey, one tablespoon sugar and two teaspoons of lemon juice.
Apply the mask to your face and wait for 15-20 minutes. Lastly, wash your face thoroughly.
Since I’m not the only blogger out there writing about this, why not give some love to fellow bloggers, check out this article and this article on more ideas for natural exfoliation options for the face.
How Often Should You Exfoliate Your Face?
Now that you’ve learned how to exfoliate face naturally, you may ask how often you need to apply it.
First of all, you should be patient and determined. Exfoliation must be a part of your regular skincare routine because your skin needs time to be familiar with the process you apply.
As for the frequency of exfoliation, a senior esthetician and acne expert Michelle Freese says that how often you should exfoliate your face depends on your age, skin type, and the exfoliator you use.
But the average and recommended frequency of exfoliation is twice per week.
More on the exfoliation frequency, read here.
Is It Better to Exfoliate Your Face in the Morning or at Night?
Exfoliating your face in the morning is the best way to get its benefits for a couple of reasons.
Firstly, your skin renews itself during your night sleep, so exfoliate your face after you wake up because your face will be clean and ready.
Secondly, exfoliation in the morning will reduce the oiliness of your face and help your other skincare products (like moisturizers or toners) sink in your skin better.
Lastly, morning exfoliation is a good start for the day as it will give your face a morning glow.
Instead of going for a cup of coffee, try exfoliating your face since it will stimulate your blood flow and make your face look brighter and in good health.
For more detailed info on this, read here.
Exfoliation is super important, so it should be a part of your daily skincare routine if you want a shiny and healthy look to your face.
However, remember that over-exfoliation can have more harms than benefits, especially if you have oily skin or acne problems.
As long as you know about your skin and what it needs, you can easily exfoliate your face with natural ingredients instead of branded products with harsh chemicals. To achieve the best results, you should repeat this process regularly and properly.
If you have any more questions, don’t hesitate to contact me and ask anything that’s on your mind!