You are already aware of the importance of exfoliating your face. The idea of using an exfoliating glove to slough off dead skin isn’t new; Korean spas have been doing it for years. However, images of dead skin cells shedding from users’ bodies on social media are giving the technique a boost.
Exfoliating Gloves: How Do They Work?
There are two methods for exfoliating the skin: chemically with topical acids or mechanically, with scrubs in the form of washes or tools such as sponges or brushes. Exfoliating gloves are made of fabrics designed to remove dead skin cells through gentle mechanical abrasion.
They are intended to instantly remove the top layer of dead skin cells from the skin and to fit seamlessly onto the hands. Also making it simple to reach hard-to-reach areas such as the back and shoulders, the bikini area, and the heels and toes, making thorough body exfoliation simple, quick, and mess-free. Also, read Types of Serum- Best for your skin? Key ingredients
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They are also excellent multitaskers. Adding your cleanser or shower gel to the glove will allow you to wash and exfoliate at the same time. After removing any dead skin, your moisturizer will penetrate the skin, improving hydration.
Is there any danger in using exfoliating gloves?
Exfoliation may not be suitable for everyone. People who use certain medications or skin-care products that cause dry or sensitive skin, for example, may experience acne or extra dryness. Some skin types, such as dry, sensitive, or acne-prone skin, may not react well.
They also advise people with darker skin to avoid mechanical exfoliation, which can cause dark spots on the skin. While exfoliating gloves can make exfoliation easier, leaving them in the shower can be too convenient and lead to over-exfoliation, even in people with normal skin.
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When Should You Avoid Using Exfoliators?
Excessive exfoliation erodes the skin’s barrier and can cause micro-cracks in the skin, allowing bacteria and germs to enter. It can also irritate some skin conditions, causing redness and inflammation.
You may be overdoing it if you use exfoliating gloves more frequently than twice a week. However, for the majority of people, it is a safe and effective method of skin exfoliation. Exfoliating gloves may cause acne mechanica, a type of acne caused by heat, pressure, or friction on the skin, in people with acne-prone skin.
Repetitive mechanical exfoliation may cause irritation, flare up acne or eczema, and, in extreme cases, lead to skin superinfection in people with sensitive skin. Also, read Are lip balms superior to lipsticks? 8 tinted lip balms