You might have your regular skin care (cleanse-tone-moisturize) routine down pat but if you don’t exfoliate, your skin isn’t as healthy as it should be.
Exfoliation refers to the removal of dead skin cells that accumulate on the surface of the skin. Sloughing off dead skin cells can be done chemically or mechanically. If done chemically, special kinds of fruit acids are applied on the skin to dissolve the dead skin cells. Mechanical exfoliation utilizes abrasive scrubs to gently remove dead skin cells.
The Importance of Exfoliation
No doubt about it, exfoliation is an important part of skin care. For one thing, it speeds up cell regeneration. It reveals the smoother, younger-looking skin underneath all the gunk piled on top of your skin. Exfoliation also helps products absorb better into the skin. After a good scrub down, your favorite skin care and body care products will sink into the skin like a dream!
Benefits of Exfoliation
Fades Blemishes and Hyperpigmentation
Exfoliation literally removes the accumulated dead skin cells on top of the skin. Once this layer is removed, fresher skin is revealed underneath. The fresher layer of skin is free from splotchy buildup. It removes clogged pores and fades acne blemishes. In the end, the skin looks so much clearer and smoother after a good scrub. It also removes dark spots by encouraging the formation of non-scarred skin cells. The result? The skin becomes even-toned while the spots are less noticeable.
Do you have blemish or acne-prone skin? You will benefit from regular exfoliation! Removing dead skin cells also scrubs away deep-seated dirt, sebum and oil that cause breakouts. It also clears clogged pores – and depending on your face scrub – dries out pimples.
Yes, there is a connection between exfoliation and hydration. Usually, we load up on moisturizers to keep dry skin hydrated. This does more harm than good. Piling on products causes cell buildup. The more gunk you pile, the higher the risk of breakouts. Instead of piling on the products, exfoliate instead. Sloughing off dead skin cells will help product sink in deeply into the skin, boosting hydration.
Wrinkle Free Skin
As we age, dead skin cells accumulate at a faster rate on top of the skin layer. This makes wrinkles more noticeable. The skin becomes dry, lackluster and tired. Rejuvenate your skin with a good face scrub, one enriched with retinol. This product will accelerate cell turnover, remove dead skin cells and bring back the skin’s rosiness!
How Often Should You Exfoliate?
You have to exfoliate regularly to keep the skin clean and smooth. If you have normal to dry skin, try exfoliating twice per day. If you have sensitive skin, you may limit the frequency to once per week. Always use exfoliating products with mild ingredients.
For face scrubs, we recommend those that contain organic, non-abrasive beads, not ones with silica beads. Silica beads do not breakdown. They pollute the waters and kill marine animals. Popular face scrubs include those made with crushed apricot seeds, raw sugar or those made with fruit or lactic acids.