Exfoliating is the process of removing dry or dead skin cells that are sitting on the skin’s surface (which is the epidermis layer). By removing dead or dry skin cells you are helping your skin generate fresh new cells. The process of cell turnover will help with the production of collagen and elastin to your skin. Ultimately, exfoliation plays a huge role with anti-aging. When we do not exfoliate regularly, we are causing our skin to result in clogged pores, excess oils, blemishes and acne. During exfoliation, you are stimulating your skin’s circulation. Do you ever feel like your skin feels rough or dry? When you include exfoliating in your skin care routine you will notice your skin will improve its texture.
Also another important factor in exfoliating is when you properly exfoliate you will help products absorb into your skin. If your skin is not getting exfoliated, the products you apply onto your skin will not penetrate deeper into the layers of your skin.
Please make sure to not over exfoliate your skin. That will cause your skin to get red and irritated. Every skin can handle exfoliating differently. So test what works for your skin and see how your skin reacts after each exfoliation. Ideally you want to exfoliate at least two to three times a week. Some skin types can handle a mild type of exfoliation everyday, it really just depends on your skin type.
There are many different types of exfoliators. Mechanical/Physical exfoliators is a type of exfoliator using a tool that will help you. For example, a brush or a sponge. Another type of an exfoliator is chemical exfoliators. Chemical exfoliators consists of different types of acid: glycolic, salicylic, and lactic. Scrubs would be another form which usually contains granulates or sugar. Enzymes, are also used for exfoliation. The most common exfoliator and my personal favorite type of exfoliator is retinol. You truly see great results with retinol. A mild common form of exfoliation is gommage or a type of peeling gel. This is a great one because you actually peel off and see your dead skin sloughing off while gently rubbing onto your skin.
If you are not doing so already try exfoliating your skin regularly and see how it really changes your skin. We all want our skin to look healthy and fresh. Always remember in order to achieve that, we need to be consistent in our skincare steps to achieve the skin we want!
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