Yes, You Can Exfoliate!
If you’ve avoided exfoliating due to hyper sensitivity or tight, dry skin, you’ll be happy to know that there are products on the market that are gentle and suitable for you. Rather than suffering the effects of dull, rough skin, try a product that’s intended for sensitive types. You might be surprised at how effective gentle exfoliators can be.
While you want avoid products with strong chemical exfoliants, you may be able to cautiously use products with low concentrations of acids combined with skin conditioners. Tracie Martyn Enzyme Exfoliant is one such product that’s perfect for sensitive skin. It does contain low levels of exfoliating acids and slightly abrasive particles but I found that the product did not produce the irritation of other exfoliants I’ve tried and actually left my skin feeling soothed and hydrated. If you are hypersensitive, avoid massaging the product onto the skin. Massaging will increase the exfoliating effect but only do so as your skin can tolerate. The first time you try it, only leave it on for about 5 minutes. If your skin can tolerate the product, try going a little longer next time. If at any point you feel stinging or burning, wash the product off immediately.
My skin looks amazing after I use Tracie Martyn Enzyme Exfoliant. While exfoliators often leave my skin temporarily red, I don’t experience any redness at all with this one. On the contrary, my skin looks and feels calm and purified. I do have to warn you that the product has a fairly strong smell that I find a tad unpleasant. I think it’s due to either the algae extract or the essential oils. The algae is also very rich in color and if you have a fine complexion like me, you may see a hint of green left on your skin after you rinse. Don’t be alarmed if this happens. I found that when I used the treatment in the evening, there was no trace of green after my morning shower the next day.
Another great exfoliator for sensitive skin is H2O+ Sea Mineral Scrub. I have to admit that when I first applied the scrub to my skin, I had my doubts as I didn’t feel the normal scrubbing action of typical exfoliators. The product is very thick and rich and actually uses smooth beads rather than abrasive particles to slough off dead, dull skin cells. I was pleasantly surprised at how effective the product is. It really does polish your skin smooth. What’s more, I was left with a silky, conditioned feel to my skin.
Make sure to use a gentle, non-irritating moisturizer after you exfoliate to keep your newly polished skin hydrated. I love Atopalm MLE Face Cream. It’s perfect for soothing skin that’s been irritated by exfoliating treatments. I love the way it glides on after a good exfoliation.
Hopefully I’ve given you some encouragement that there are exfoliating options for even dry, hypersensitive skin. Experiment carefully of course but don’t abandon hope of finding a product that works well for you.