YOU’RE BEING TOO HARSH
When using physical exfoliants (such as a face scrub), it is common for people to use these with a vigorous scrubbing method. When scrubbing too hard, you literally scrub away the skin, completely damaging your natural skin barrier, causing your skin to become more sensitive and prone to breakouts, as well as becoming more prone to ageing long-term. Other physical exfoliants include loofahs, granular cleansers, a sonic brush and even a regular wash cloth. Anything that has a texture to it which is used to manually scrub your face. A common mindset is the idea that if a little exfoliation helps, then pressing harder or using a harsher exfoliator must be even better – which couldn’t be further from true.
- YOU’RE USING THE WRONG TYPE OF EXFOLIATOR
Many people believe that a chemical exfoliator would be harsher than a scrub due to the word ‘chemical’ being associated with harshness. Surprisingly, a chemical exfoliant is actually less harsh on the skin, as there is no rubbing the skin involved but still leaves your skin smooth and glowing. A great way to apply a chemical exfoliator is through using our Hydrapuff sheets to target areas that need a boost. This method of exfoliating is particularly suited to those with a sensitive skin type.
- THE MICROBEADS ARE HARMING THE ENVIRONMENT
Although the production of microbeads being present in exfoliating scrubs was outlawed in 2015, there are still some products on shelves in stores containing them. These microbeads do not biodegrade and due to their size, can fall through filters in the water system and into waste waters such as rivers and also fish. This in turn can also wind up inside people. If you want to use a face scrub, try using something natural such as sugar to scrub with.
- YOU’RE MAKING YOUR SKIN VULNERABLE TO THE SUN
Because face scrubs remove the outermost layers of the skin, your skin becomes more sensitive to sun exposure. If you are using a physical exfoliant without applying an SPF every day, you are allowing your skin to become extremely vulnerable to the harmful rays.
- YOU’RE DOING THE SAME THINGS BUT EXPECTING DIFFERENT RESULTS
If you’re using face scrubs, hoping that it will improve your skin but hasn’t yet, then you need to ask yourself an important question – why am I still using them?! We are often told the same myth – if you continue using it, your skin will eventually adapt to it and your skin will start to improve. If your skin hasn’t improved from using a scrub then ditch it! Don’t keep using it because you’re holding on to the hope that maybe if you used it more often or if you gave it more time your skin will improve because it definitely won’t! Break your skin cycle and find something less harsh that still gives you the results you want.
Remember, love your skin and it will love you back!