Learning to exfoliate properly can be a difficult task even for those with “normal” skin. There are a myriad of little rules to remember to make the most of the skin care technique without overdoing it. People with dry skin have to deal with even more issues surrounding exfoliation as the dry nature of the skin makes it more susceptible to various issues. People issue a lot of conflicting advice on how best to exfoliate dry skin. OROGOLD won’t pretend that there is a perfect solution, but a lot of the conflicting advice comes from a good place of what worked for some people. Every set of dry skin is different. Some people should treat their skin as it was constantly sensitive while others simply need to be slightly more aware of their product choices. We’ve tried to put together a general overview on exfoliating options for dry skin. This should provide some ideas of how to approach the issue.
Consider Hybrid Products
A current trend in skin care is towards hybrid products filling multiple roles at once. Regardless of the kind of exfoliator you choose, trying to find a way to include a moisturizing element to it. Find rich scrubs, choose a natural enzyme cleanser that moisturizes, or even just dampen a cloth for use alongside your sponge. People with dry skin cannot afford to miss opportunities to moisturize their skin. A number of your typical product choices for exfoliating include ingredients that will dry out your skin. We advise looking for products specifically formulated for dry skin whenever possible to avoid these issues. If it isn’t an option, then be sure you’ve set aside a high-quality moisturizer for use in your routine after exfoliating. Your skin will need it.
Scrubs Or No Scrubs?
One consistent disagreement about exfoliating dry skin is whether or not it is acceptable to use scrubs. The answer is more complicated than yes or no. Anyone with dry skin can hypothetically use a scrub. The catch is that you’ll probably want to stick to the finer grained scrubs available. These are often referred to as powders. Rice powders are particularly popular thanks to imported Korean beauty routines, but there are other options. These are even finer than most sugar scrubs and as a result, tend to be comparatively gentle on the skin. OROGOLD does with to not that there is still a possibility for irritating the skin though simply due to the potential sensitivity of very dry skin. If you skin isn’t terribly sensitive, you may be able to get away with simply using a fine-grained sugar scrub.
Acids and Enzymes
There are exfoliating options for dry skin that don’t risk the irritation that a scrub can bring. Traditionally, most people recommend using an exfoliating product that uses an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) like glycolic or citric acid to exfoliate. AHAs are gentler on the skin than salicylic acid and don’t have to be rubbed into like scrubs. It makes them overall gentler on dry skin. The downside is that they also have a habit of lightly drying the skin out as well and you generally need to follow up their use with a moisturizer to avoid issues. Lately, there have been more products utilizing natural enzymes and extracts to cleanse and exfoliate the skin. These products vary in effectiveness, but do leave the skin exfoliated and often moisturized to a degree depending on the dominant ingredients. You’ll need to experiment with this latter set of exfoliating products to find an effective match to your skin.
What kind product you choose to use to exfoliate you skin is ultimately up to you. Trial and error will help you figure out the best way to care for your dry skin. The only universal general rule to remember is that dry skin means you should exfoliate less than others. OROGOLD suggests trying once a week and scaling back slowly in frequency if that proves irritating to your skin. Dry skin may make exfoliating properly a chore, but your skin will thank you for taking proper care of it.