Proper exfoliation is a necessary step in any skin care routine. There are almost no exceptions to this rule unless you have incredibly sensitive skin. Exfoliation helps remove dead skin, unclog pores, and prepare the skin for absorbing other products better. Not all exfoliation is equally good though. Asian women and estheticians seem often seem to know things that Westerners don’t. The actual truth is not so much that they know more about exfoliating than we do, but rather how they choose to go about it. OROGOLD wishes to highlight a few simple changes to considering the next time you opt to exfoliate your skin. The results may not be overly dramatic, but following these principles certainly can’t hurt your skin.
Exfoliate Often, but not too Often
Exfoliating your skin is vital, yes, but it does come with particular rules. You need to pay careful attention to your skin whenever you’re working with an exfoliating product. Different skin types need to be exfoliated at different intervals. A good rule to remember is that you need to exfoliate your skin more often if it is oilier than average. Asian beauty routines vary in how often exfoliation is recommended, but it is seldom more than twice a week. Some routines at the more extreme end recommend only exfoliating twice a month! This isn’t viable for all skin types and we encourage you to experiment to find out what works for you. Keep an eye open for excessive redness or peeling though as those are signs you are exfoliating too often.
Why do Asian skin care routines tend to be on the conservative side when it comes to exfoliating? This is largely because they favor being more precise in applying exfoliating products than most Western routines. Exfoliation is typically reserved for problem areas. OROGOLD suggests anyone trying to emulate this part of a routine discuss their problem areas with their esthetician. Most of the time this will be the T-zone for people with oily or combination skin. A professional will be able to help you determine any additional areas that will benefit from exfoliating. The main idea is to use the exfoliating product carefully and take your time while only dealing with the problem area. It ensures the product can do its job, but it doesn’t bleed over to other sections of the skin that are already perfectly healthy.
One last general rule to keep in mind is that Asian skin care tends to focus heavily on the use of natural ingredients over chemical agents. This isn’t to say that they just used crushed fruits and vegetable. They favor products that use such things as the primary source for their ingredients though. It is an artifact of cultures that favor a holistic approach to wellness and believe in giving the body what it needs. Sugar and fruit-based scrubs are particularly popular for exfoliation. As a result, you should consider finding scrubs and other exfoliating products that are primarily derived from natural ingredients. One of the positive parts of this is that the product is almost guaranteed to smell good even as it helps nourish and exfoliate your skin.
Skin care is fairly similar around the world, but Asian skin care routines pay a bit more attention to the details of each step. This eye for detail may very well be what makes them the skin care marvels of the world. OROGOLD encourages you to investigate Asian skin care tips as they can provide you with ideas on how to improve your own routine. That extra eye for detail may be all it takes to take you from beautiful to stunning.