It’s hard to beat the fresh, deep cleanse feeling of skin exfoliation

From a slightly grainy face scrub that aids in revealing a deep cleanse; to the visible after-effects of healthy, plump, brighter-looking skin, it’s little wonder that many are tempted to do it more often than we should. 

However, excessive skin exfoliation can have damaging side-effects, such as skin inflammation – one of skin’s top 5 enemies and a key fast-aging trigger, alongside heavily irritated skin.

And so comes the question: how can you succeed in achieving and elevating your exfoliation and deep cleanse routine? Orveda’s experts have the answers, alongside some skincare tips

Why Should you Exfoliate your Skin?

Every month, skin naturally sheds dead skin cells to make room for new ones but occasionally, some dead cells don’t shed completely which can result in dry, flaky patches, clogged pores and irritated skin.

In essence, skin exfoliation is the process of removing these dead skin cells from the skin’s surface via a deep cleanse, usually achieved by a chemical exfoliant.

But, abrasive formulas concocted on the basis of chemicals could be the cause of irritated skin. Dermatologist skincare tips recommend opting for gentler exfoliants coupled with an exfoliation tool such as a sponge, brush or muslin cloth.

What are the Long-Term Benefits of Weekly Exfoliation?

When carried out correctly, gentle skin exfoliation, which is essentially a deep cleanse, can help to promote healthy skin glow by stimulating blood circulation, while improving skin tone & texture.

For even the most irritated skin types, skin exfoliation can also help to leave skin looking brighter, prevent pores from being clogged (resulting in fewer breakouts), and increase collagen production, which is key to glowing skin and skin elasticity.

What are the Signs of Over-Exfoliation?

Over-exfoliation can occur when a combination of irritating substances, such as chemical exfoliants, are used in an over stimulating way, thus causing irritated skin

Tell-tale signs that you are over-exfoliating include redness, irritation, tightness, excessive dryness/dry patches, flaking skin, as well as an uncomfortable stinging or burning sensation that persists.

Orveda’s dermatologist skincare tips state that when these issues occur, the best thing to do is to stop exfoliating for at least one week in order to allow your now irritated skin to recover. Then, slowly re-incorporate skin exfoliation back into your routine, while reducing the frequency, strength and type, remembering to steer clear of chemical exfoliants.

How do you Exfoliate Correctly?

Orveda’s skincare tip is to create a skin exfoliation routine that favors products designed with gentle formulas alongside a hydrating moisturizer, suited to your skin type. Then, to stick to using this deep cleanse routine 2-3 times weekly.

Designing an Exfoliation Routine Suited to your Skin’s Needs

Step 1: Finding your Hydrating Moisturizer

Because every irritated skin deserves to be replenished, gently. 


Dry or overly-oily skin: The Prebiotic Emulsion™

The perfect remedy for dehydrated and stripped skin, this super-hydrating fluid moisturizer is not only lipid-restoring, and soothing, but is so gentle, it is post-procedure recommended.


Shiny skin: The Firm Brew Botanical Cream

Rebuild and strengthen your skin barrier while protecting and hydrating the skin with this revitalizing, lifting yet soothing, 8h moisturizer.


Step 2: Selecting your Gentle Exfoliant

The key to the efficacy of Orveda exfoliators are the augmented tools which provide a deep cleanse skin exfoliation application. 


Deep Cleansing Botanical & Enzymatic Oil + kabuki brush

In addition to Moringa Seed Peptide, a powerful anti-pollution guard that also offers gentle exfoliation, the kabuki tool that comes with this oil-to-milk cleanser provides excellent skin exfoliation. Skincare tip: try dry brushing your face with it, once daily, to help remove dead skin cells and stimulate your skin through a gentle, detoxifying massage.


Deep-Clearing Mud Masque + flat brush explanation

In addition to its star ingredient, green bentonite clay, this deep-clearing and hydrating mask also contains papaya enzyme for a gentle deep cleanse and penetrating skin exfoliation, including frequently irritated skin-types.

Dermatologist Doctor Skincare Tips

  • While sunscreen should be applied daily, it’s even more essential if you’ve over-exfoliated. When your skin’s barrier is depleted, it’s become more sensitive to sun damage which can cause further irritation.
  • Your face, neck, and chest require gentler exfoliation than other areas of your body.
  • Dry brushes, sponges and muslin cloths are exfoliators, so it is better to not use chemical exfoliants or grainy scrubs alongside them.
  • When using exfoliating particles, gently massage in circular motions on the skin for the ultimate deep cleanse. Do not scrub: let the product do the work.
  • Always moisturize after exfoliating and be sure to apply SPF, as your skin will be more susceptible to sun damage.


Over-exfoliation coupled with abrasive formulas lie at the heart of an irritated skin barrier. By selecting gentle formulas with deep cleanse effects, you can prolong post-exfoliation skin while elevating its results from not only fresh looking, but also feeling, complexion. 

Should you have any questions about Orveda’s exfoliation & hydration duos, need help in creating your skin exfoliant routine, or, are looking for some skincare tips, speak with one of our skincare experts directly and experience an Orveda skin care consultation.

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