Main Benefits and Tricks of Skin Exfoliation

20 Nov

A Girl Making Skin ExfoliationWhile the importance of keeping your skin hydrated, cleansed and protected from the sun has been the mainstay of morning shows and women’s magazines for years, exfoliation has often been relegated to a necessary evil.

Exfoliation is an integral step in your weekly skin care routine. You may think you can skip the scrubbing, but exfoliating gets skin smooth, soft and healthy-looking, and improves skin texture and tone.

BENEFITS OF EXFOLIATION

  •  As we age, our skin’s natural ability to generate and shed skin cells slows down. You can overcome this challenge by exfoliating weekly. Without exfoliating, dead skin cells and excess oil build up, causing pores to clog.
  • Exfoliation of the skin is key to achieving optimal tone and radiance. When the face is gently exfoliated, it stimulates the outer dermal layers to regenerate more quickly. Not to mention the instant gratification of a smoother, more even-toned complexion.
  • By exfoliating, you are removing those dead skin cells from the top layer, revealing the smoother skin below. This not only makes your makeup go on better, and can give you a closer shave, but exfoliating the body before using self-tanners gives you a more even tan. It is recommends using a mild daily exfoliator for the face and a sugar or salt scrub two to three times a week for the body.

If you’re not sure where to start, take a look at our guide to exfoliators.

TYPES OF EXFOLIATORS 

Scrubs: These products contain grainy particles that physically remove dead skin cells as you move the product around your face. These exfoliators range from large grains (salt or sugar scrubs) to texture you can barely detect (very fine grains of ground rice). Other products contain exfoliating beads, which are gentler on the skin. 

Chemicals: Chemical exfoliators contain alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) — substances found in fruit — to loosen and dissolve the dead skin cells rather than scrub them away. They target deeper layers of skin by sinking into the skin, unlike scrubs, which focus only on surface cells.

Enzymes: These products dissolve the dead skin cells without any scrubbing, making them suitable for anyone with sensitive skin or rosacea. Look for products that contain papaya or pineapple.

CONSIDER YOUR SKIN TYPE 

Oily skin: Opt for a scrub, which also helps remove oil, dirt, makeup and other debris that can further clog pores.

Dry skin: Try a chemical exfoliator, which helps firm and tighten skin and minimizes fine lines and wrinkles.

Sensitive skin: Opt for an enzyme exfoliator, which dissolves dead skin without scrubbing.

EXFOLIATING TRICKS

  • Exfoliate at least once a week — two to three times if you don’t have sensitive skin.
  • Be gentle, especially when using scrubs.
  • If a product is irritating your skin, stop using it.
  • Moisturize following exfoliation so skin doesn’t dry out.
  • Buy an exfoliating shower gel to get gorgeous skin all over.

You skin type will mean everything when choosing the best exfoliator for your face. It’s important to incorporate exfoliating into your beauty routine but it won’t do you any good if you choose the wrong formula. That mishap will only hinder your journey to smooth, healthy-looking skin.

 So, make sure you consider your skin type for happy scrubbing.

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