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Each time I open my social media handles, it feels like opening Pandora’s box of all sorts of skincare gadgets and products. Thanks to my curiosity about the beauty industry, my social feed looks like a series of skincare commercials. Amongst all the mystifying skincare stuff, my eyes always get fixated on ads for exfoliating gloves. Also known as bath gloves, these work just like a wearable loofah but better. The commercial keeps me hooked on the layers of dead skin cells rolling off from the body which are gross and satisfying at the same time. But each time I spot them, the mystery of their safety on skin remains. I needed answers.
To get some valid reasoning and how these work on skin, for better or bad, Health Shots spoke to Dr Dipak Patel, M.D, Aesthetic Dermatologist, Neel Aesthetics and laser clinic, Surat.
Dr Patel says, “Exfoliating gloves, a type of mechanical exfoliation, are designed to remove dead skin cells from the body. Alongside that, they stimulate and improve blood circulation, and encourage cell renewal. One may add a cleanser or shower gel to the glove to wash and exfoliate simultaneously while in shower.”
“Physical exfoliators are harsh on skin as compared to other types of scrubs and chemical exfoliators. This confines them to be used only by people with normal skin. Ones with the sensitive skin should steer clear of these bath gloves as they may cause permanent scarring over time,” suggests Dr Patel.
In conclusion, exfoliating gloves are safe and effective means of skin exfoliation for most people. Removing dead skin can help the moisturiser and body lotion to penetrate the skin better. It adds value in your body care routine by providing improved hydration and enhancing the absorption of skin care products.
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