Blackheads be gone! Skin gritting is the latest skincare craze and it seems to be a gentler and more effective way of getting rid of pesky blackheads. People can’t stop talking about the craze on social media and Reddit, in particular – hailing it as the effortless, affordable at-home alternative to getting a costly (and painful) facial at a spa.
Sound interesting? Here’s what you need to know.
So, What is Skin Gritting?
The short answer is that it’s a skincare process that removes blackheads, leaving your pores cleaner and clearer. It’s said to be so effective that you will see the evidence of the extracted blackheads on your hands following the massaging aspect of the process. This ‘blackhead residue’ is what we call ‘grits’. Lovely.
Skin Gritting: How to
The first step is to soften your pores with the help of an oil cleaner. Following this, you will need to use a clay mask or an exfoliating acid to draw the blackheads and other impurities to the surface of the skin. Next, you will dislodge the blackheads with another generous coat of the oil cleaner and complete the process with a firm facial massage (2 – 3 minutes maximum). If your skin is prone to dryness, finish off with some hydrating serum to lock in that extra moisture.
Skin Gritting: How Often?
You don’t want to perform the skin gritting routine on a daily basis. This can lead to skin irritation and flaking – even if you have a very oily complexion. Most people who swear by the technique recommend that you do it no more than once a week for best results. Those with sensitive skin should only attempt skin gritting on a monthly basis to avoid unwanted side effects.
Is Skin Gritting Safe?
It should be quite safe as long as you use quality skincare products and don’t do it more than once a week. Having said that, here are a few safety precautions to keep in mind:
- Be careful not to massage the face too firmly as this can result in burst capillaries.
- Those with dry skin may find that clay masks exacerbate dryness. Try to find a mask or exfoliator that is suited to your skin type.
- Those with oily skin need to be mindful of the amount of oil that they use when skin gritting in order to prevent further oil build-up.
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