Most of us are familiar with the concept of exfoliation and its benefits. Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells from the outer layer of skin, and it can be a great way to keep skin looking healthy, glowing, and renewed. Exfoliation has added benefits as well, such as increasing blood circulation and helping to absorb other skincare products like moisturizers or serums.

Even with all these benefits, however, there are some down sides. Exfoliating too often, too aggressively, or with the wrong products can damage sensitive skin, leaving it dry, inflamed, and irritated.

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To get the most out of your exfoliating routine while avoiding the pitfalls of improper exfoliation, the American Academy of Dermatology (ADA) suggests keeping in mind the following do’s and don’ts.

Do: Be Aware of the Effects of Your Current Skincare Products

Some skincare products or prescription medications can cause your face, neck, chest, and back to be extremely sensitive and more prone to drying or peeling. Particularly products such as retinoid creams or others containing retinol or benzoyl peroxide are known to cause excessive dryness, at least temporarily.

While exfoliating can help remove flaky skin, it’s important not to irritate an already sensitive area. Using a gentle, hypoallergenic, paraben-free, and dermatologist tested bath sponge can help capture all the benefits of exfoliation without exacerbating irritation or dryness.

Don’t: Exfoliate Without Understanding Your Unique Skin

Every skin type is unique. Whether oily, dry, sensitive, or a combination, your skin requires a personalized exfoliation approach. The ADA suggests that oily, thicker skin might be more amenable to a deeper exfoliation with a product such as a body buffer, while dry, sensitive skin might be best addressed with a clean washcloth or a gentle bath sponge. You know your skin best, so be sure to select an exfoliating product that allows you to gently or more deeply exfoliate your skin as needed.

Do: Be Kind to Your Skin

Just like brushing your teeth, a gentle touch is key when exfoliating. Small, gentle, circular motions for no more than 30 seconds will do the trick, followed by a rinse with lukewarm water. Always be careful to avoid exfoliating open cuts or sunburns.

Don’t: Skimp on the Moisturizer

Exfoliation can leave skin exposed and susceptible to dryness. Always apply a generous layer of moisturizer immediately after exfoliating so your skin stays healthy and hydrated long after your shower. Look for moisturizers that include natural hydrators like glycerin, essential oils, and botanical extracts. Ideally you’ll find an exfoliating product such as a bath sponge infused with gentle, nourishing ingredients that will leave your skin feeling soft and hydrated after use.

Do: Use Skin-Conscious Exfoliating Products with Skin-Friendly Ingredients

When it comes to exfoliation, less is more. For most skin types, a gentle exfoliator like a bath sponge or washcloth will leave your skin feeling soft, not irritated.

Fortunately, Spongellé has taken the guess work out of exfoliation with products like their innovative bath sponge, which can easily take the place of a washcloth or loofah. Their bath sponges are designed with a time-released lather and proprietary infusion technology to deliver an optimal amount of product with each use. You simply place the bath sponge under water, squeeze to absorb, and start exfoliating in a gentle, circular motion. When you’re done, just squeeze out excess water.

Spongellé’s exfoliating products are paraben-free, cruelty-free, vegan-friendly, and dermatologist tested. Their bath sponges last 14-plus usesand are infused with body wash made from natural ingredients like glycerin, yuzu extract, edelweiss extract, and vetiver root extract to leave your skin feeling nourished and clean. Spongellé’s Body Wash Infused Buffers® stick around for 20-plus uses and contain rosehip, green tea, and hibiscus extracts.

About Spongellé

Spongellé is changing the skincare industry one bath and shower experience at a time. With their Body Wash Infused Buffers®, Spongellé offers a luxurious bathing experience that will keep skin nourished use after use. Infused with exotic and botanical extracts, rich moisturizers and gentle cleansers, Spongellé’s products are suited for a variety of skin types and all ages.

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