The human body is an extremely efficient machine, and it has a number of functions that it must perform on a daily basis. One such critical function is the creation of new skin cells. Believe it or not, the average adults sheds up to 50,000 dead skin cells each minute, though this does not cover the actual amount that die. You might shudder to imagine it, but there are thousands of dead skill cells that stick to you, and they tend to inhibit the growth of new cells. That being the case, it is no surprise that so many people tend to exfoliate, and do so often.
The biggest controversy has to do with how often an individual should exfoliation. Exfoliation deals with the removal of dead skill cells from the body. Sometimes a rub or cream can be used, but there are many who use products such as brushes or exfoliating mitts which can be very effective.
While exfoliation is arguably a great idea, doing it too often can damage the good skin underneath, and leave you feeling a bit sore. In addition to that your skin might actually turn bright red which completely defeats the purpose you were going for in the first place.
SO how often should you be exfoliating exactly? What should you use to measure? Generally it is recommended that an individual exfoliate twice per week, the face and the body. This, however, is not always practical. If you have sensitive skin, then you might want to scale it back a bit, perhaps once per week or less.
Though the twice per week rule should not be ignored, there are certainly instances in which you could forego that and still be fine. For example if you live in a warmer climate and have oily skin. This is a circumstance under which you will want to try exfoliating more often!
As you can see, there are many things to take into account but as always, and as with anything, too much of a good thing, is a bad thing. Before you begin exfoliating it would be a good idea to identify your skin type and perhaps even visit a dermatologist to see if you have sensitive skin.
There are plenty of benefits which can be associated with exfoliation but there are also many potential problems. Try to keep this in mind, and make sure that you have the best, glowing skin every time.