An Effective Cure for Dry Skin - Exfoliation Guide for Senior Men

As we age, our skin becomes dry and the ability of our dead skin cells to replace themselves weakens. Rough, dry and dull skin is a common problem faced by Seniors and is caused by uneven shedding of dead skin cells. Manual exfoliation allows the dead skin cells to be removed consistently, providing an even skin tone, an effective cure for dry skin.

What is Exfoliation?

Exfoliation refers to the removal of dead skin cells, debris and excess oil from the surface of your skin to expose the healthier, newer layer of skin below. 

Why Exfoliate?

  1. Blemish-free skin: Removing dead cells and debris from your skin removes the food source for bacteria and fungus that cause a myriad of skin care issues such as acne, bumps, and blemishes.
  2. For a healthy glow: Exfoliation stimulates blood flow that results in the healthier looking skin.
  3. For a closer shave: Exfoliation unclogs your pores and helps expose the hair follicles on your face. This allows your razor to cut the hair right at the base resulting in the closest possible shave.
  4. To help other products do their job: Applying moisturizer and sunscreen to exfoliated skin results in deeper penetration and will help reduce fine lines and promote even skin tones.

 

How to Exfoliate?

  1. Exfoliate before your shave, not after: Try exfoliating during your shower before your shave. This ensures the best results for your skin.
  2. Rub your exfoliating soap bar firmly but gently on your skin in a circular motion.
  3. The sensitive facial skin should be scrubbed gently, while the skin on your torso can be scrubbed a bit harder.
  4. The very sensitive area around the eyes shouldn’t be exfoliated.
  5. Since skin oils tend to hold on to dead skin cells, people with oily skin may need to exfoliate more often.

 

The Don’ts:

  1. Apply too much pressure: Apply gentle pressure to your skin with an exfoliating product and use small circular motions.
  2. Over-exfoliate: Over-exfoliation can lead to redness and irritation and can eventually damage your epidermis. Exfoliate 1-3 times a week and refine the process based on your skin type.

 

How often should you Exfoliate?

It depends upon your skin type but generally exfoliating once a week is recommended for people with dry skin.     

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