Exfoliating to Look Your Best
Exfoliating is vital to everyone’s skin care regimen. In fact, it’s so important, it can be the reason why your skin is in good or bad condition. Knowing the benefits of exfoliating your skin will help you understand how your skin works and help you achieve clearer skin faster than you thought possible!
What Does Exfoliate Mean Exactly?
Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells built up over time on all parts of your body.
If you never exfoliate, dead skin cells are left to sit on your skin and pile up, causing bacteria to become trapped underneath, clogging pores, and thus creating pimples.
This excess buildup of dead skin also causes a barrier between your skin and pores which inhibits product penetration. And really, who wants to waste expensive product feeding dead skin cells anyway?
However, you don’t have to worry or waste your precious products again! This list will help you get to know your skin a bit more and have you glowing in no time.
Ready to look and feel healthier?
5 Benefits of Exfoliating- What Does Exfoliation Do?
1. Skin Resurfacing: Exfoliation can smooth out rough, uneven skin texture, allowing the skin to glow, feel, and appear smoother. This also means the removal of fine lines and wrinkles for aging skin.
2. Clearer Skin: Yup, one of the best benefits of exfoliating is clearer skin. Exfoliation is key to clearing up acne no matter what skin type you have. By sloughing off dead skin cells, you’re allowing trapped bacteria and oil to break free, thus avoiding clogged pores that can lead to breakouts.
Every skin type needs to actively exfoliate in order to control their acne.
Thinking of popping a painful pimple? Don’t do it! Wash your face, exfoliate, and moisturize at the very least. The pain from the pressure will subside and your skin will begin to heal.
3. Hyperpigmentation: If you suffer from hyperpigmentation, exfoliation treatments such as chemical peels and microdermabrasion can help remove the pigmented cells on your skin allowing them to fade faster.
4. Removes acne scars/marks: Exfoliation removes scarred cells and allows them to fade faster by breaking them up.
Each time you exfoliate, you’re removing more and more of those scarred/reddened cells.
5. Product penetration: We touched on this earlier, but exfoliation allows your skin to absorb the active ingredients you need to properly penetrate and nourish your skin. This is also beneficial for those with dry skin who really need an added boost of moisture from their products.
Without exfoliating, your precious skincare products are simply sitting on top of dead skin cells instead of penetrating your skin. It also causes your skin to dry out due to lack of moisture, resulting in another problem in itself.
Exfoliation Tips to Keep In Mind
So there you have it. The key to healthy, glowing skin is to exfoliate! Make sure that you exfoliate two-three times a week and don’t overdo it. Keep in mind that body exfoliants are more abrasive than those designed for your face.
Signs of over-exfoliation include bright red, irritated skin. This can happen by making too many passes on the skin with an exfoliant or exfoliating too much during the week.
If you’re using a scrub, three passes over your entire face will get the job done without harming your skin.
It’s important to wear sunscreen every day, but especially on the days, you exfoliate. Your skin is more vulnerable to the elements and UV rays from the sun after exfoliating.
If you use a chemical exfoliant such as glycolic or lactic acid, be sure to try and avoid sun exposure as much as you can for a few days.
If you must be outside, consider a sun hat and sunglasses on top of sunscreen. Receiving a professional chemical peel or microdermabrasion treatment will require the same care.
Now that you know the benefits of exfoliation, find out which exfoliants you would like to start using in your skin care regimen.
Visit your Esthetician to get a deeper exfoliation than you would at home such as a chemical peel or microdermabrasion treatment.
Now get out there and start glowing!
What is your favorite exfoliant to use? Share with me below! I’m always interested in trying new scrubs or peels.
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