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Are You Over-Exfoliating?

Written by Virginia Swan

While we think we are doing our skin a favour by exfoliating, too much of a good thing can actually be damaging. Some of us are exfoliating a bit too much and too often.
We exfoliate to shed dead skin cells and reveal fresh new skin below it. This also helps our skincare products absorb more readily into the skin. 
Some key indicators that you are exfoliating are:
  • Irritation
  • Redness
  • Inflammation
You can also become sensitive to your skincare products and have small breakouts or flaky skin.
You are in fact over-exposing the underlying skin making it lose its radiance and healthy glow.
If you feel you have over exfoliated, stop altogether till your skin reverts to what it looked like before you started.
Stop any harsh cleansers and other products like retinol and any perfumed products.
It could take over a month for your skin to recover.
All of our cleansers, serums and oils are gentle enough to keep using during this process.
If your skin is especially sensitive and tender, start with our single extract Dermal Rescue Serum Cleanser followed by our Dermal Rescue Serum. They are designed to strengthen the skin barrier and balance sebum production for overly dry or oily skin. You will have your skin back to normal in no time.
Your skin actually exfoliates itself but becomes slower as we age. We recommend exfoliating once a week for younger skin and twice a week for more mature skin (over 50). Use our gentle Rare Clay Polishing Mask which has a very soft silky texture with no harsh bits to scratch your skin.