Who doesn’t love the feel of smooth, freshly exfoliated skin? It can make you feel healthy, young and fresh. But does all that come with a nasty side effect that many women might not know about? Keep reading to find out!

woman with healthy skin

Walk down the beauty aisle of your local drugstore and product after product reads “exfoliant,” “smooth skin instantly,” or “microbeads included.” But all these products could be doing more harm than good for your face. Dermatologist and Director of Dermpath Diagnostics Clay J Cockerell, MD, says that exfoliating too much is one of the top 10 worst things that you can do for your skin. When you exfoliate, you are taking off a layer of skin cells and natural oils that most dermatologists will tell you is unnecessary. Your skin naturally turns itself over every six weeks and too much exfoliation can lead to dry, irritated and red skin. In fact, each year, almost nine pounds of dead skin will naturally slough off of you (now that’s one way to drop a few pounds).

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The good news is that not all products and their ingredients are bad for exfoliation. Megan Larsen, one of the world’s most sought after natural skincare creators and manufacturers, recommends using products that contain Jojoba oils or beads.

“Jojoba oil is about 97% unsaturated waxy esters,” Larsen said. “These waxy esters are very similar in composition to a number of the compounds found in our natural skin and therefore can closely mimic our own natural skin oil. It is suitable for ALL skin types, whether dry, oily or sensitive. It is theorized that applying jojoba to the skin can ‘trick’ the skin into thinking it is producing enough oil, thus balancing oil production. Jojoba is also classified as non-comedogenic, as it does not clog skin pores.”

Jojoba beads are completely round and won’t scratch your skin like nutshells or pumice powders, common ingredients found in your typical exfoliator. They are made from jojoba oil, which comes from the jojoba desert shrub and are odorless, solid, firm spheres that are perfect for use within scrubs, body washes, gels, creams and soaps. Jojoba is naturally hypoallergenic and contains powerful antioxidants, Omega 6 & nine fatty acids, as well as vitamins A, D and E. As a result, when jojoba is applied to skin, it puts back what aging takes away, working immediately to begin restoring youthful looking skin naturally.

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If you’re feeling crafty, and want to make your own exfoliant at home, check out all the gorgeous colored jojoba beads here. Or, if you are just looking to pick up a product containing these little natural wonders, check out some of the ones we found below. No matter what, remember to read the labels and know what you’re putting on your skin. What goes on your skin is just as important as what goes in your body.

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Pai Kukui & Jojoba Bead Skin Brightening Exfoliator

Kukui Jojoba

Jojoba Beads Exfoliant by Odacité 

jojoba exfoliator

Meryll Beauty Products Jojoba Bead Scrub

Jojoba bead scrub

Clean + Daily Scrub, Invigorating, Normal Skin, Peppermint & Jojoba Beads

Garnier jojoba