Your skin is constantly disposing of skin cells and smoother skin cells push their way up to the skin’s surface. As you age, the rate at which your body sheds dull, and dead skin cells begin to slow down. This is when exfoliating kicks-in – What is exfoliation? Exfoliation is removing those dead and dulling skin cells.
By: Tatiana Cortes
But, why do you need to exfoliate your face? It helps speed up your skin’s process and helps it to behave younger. Without proper exfoliation, dead skin cells can get trapped on the skin’s surface. This creates build-up that leads to clogged pores, dark spots, rough skin texture, more pronounced wrinkles, dullness, dryness, and more.
A regular exfoliation habit increases the skin’s radiance, clarity, and youthfulness. The benefits do not stop there. Here are a few reasons why the importance of exfoliating:
It Makes Your Skin Smoother
Exfoliating makes your face smooth and silky; it improves your skin’s texture and makes it feel softer because you eliminate old skin cells on the surface skin. You are basically removing the more dead layer on the surface and bringing out the new cells.
It Helps Counteract Signs of Aging
Exfoliating can help combat signs of aging and give you a more youthful look. Getting rid of the older skin cells help your skin look more radiant and improve the appearance of the more pronounced lines and wrinkles.
It Can Stop Breakouts
Something as simple as using a scrub to exfoliate your face cleans and unclogs your pores, preventing you from getting pimples. That is because clogged pores trap oil under your skin’s surface, which leads to acne breakouts.
It is Good for Skin Tone
Exfoliating gets rid of dead skin cells as well as extra dirt and makeup, making your skin tone brighter and even. Your face will get a nice little glow and a fresher look.
It Helps your Skincare Products Work Better
Exfoliating lets your cleanser, moisturizer and other products penetrate more deeply and work better. Your skin can receive moisture better when you remove dead skin cells.
How to Exfoliate: Tips for the Face & Body
There are a couple of ways to exfoliate. The first one involves using a skincare tool such as a sponge, towel, or brush on your skin to displace and remove dead skin cells. The other method involves using a liquid gel or scrub with granules like microbeads or sugar to smooth and refine the skin. You can make circular motions using your finger to apply a scrub or use your exfoliating tool of choice. It is important to be gentle on your skin and after you are done exfoliating, rinse off with lukewarm – not hot – water. What to use to exfoliate your face depends on your preference and your skin type. There are a variety of products depending on what your skin type is. There are also less harsh DIY scrub recipes you can make at home with more natural ingredients such as honey, brown sugar, coffee, sea salt, and green tea. What is the best way to exfoliate your body? For the body there are many ways. You can use exfoliating gloves while taking a shower, or dry brushing for a more alternative medicine option. There are many products that serve as body scrubs, but you can also make your own scrubs at home with the ingredients mentioned above.
How Often Should You Exfoliate Your Face
It all depends on your skin type, but the absolute maximum is three times per week, as long as your skin can handle it. For dry, mature, or sensitive skin is recommended once or twice per week. For oily, acne-prone, or combination skin is recommended three times per week. The best time to exfoliate is in the morning to slough away any dead skin. Your skin renews itself overnight that is why it is important to always wash your face and remove your makeup before going to sleep.