Back to Basics, Skin Care

Back to Basics: The low down on exfoliating

Basic skin care wouldn’t be complete without an introduction to exfoliating. I must confess that exfoliator’s are my favorite skin care product. Exfoliating could be the extra boost you are looking for to complement your daily routine. The best part is: it benefits all skin types!

First, what is exfoliation? Exfoliation is the use of either manual, scrub, or chemical, Alpha Hydroxy Acid, means to remove the top layer of dead skin cells . This prompts the live cells deep in the skin to generate new cells, refreshing the outermost layer. Your skin can fully regenerate in 2-3 weeks.

So, now you may ask why you need to exfoliate if your skin automatically regenerates itself. Exfoliating immediately energizes your skin revealing a more radiant look. It feeds and nourishes from below through increased micro-circulation, circulation of blood in the smallest vessels, bringing oxygen to the top layer to stimulate circulation and regeneration.

If your skin is prone to breakouts exfoliating could be very helpful in clearing it up. Acne prone skin sheds more cells than other types and the dead cells don’t fall away. The cells stick to pores, causing excess oil to build up, ultimately clogging them and creating a breakout. Exfoliating removes the cells causing the blockage and when done regularly, it reduces the likelihood of future breakouts.

Moisturizers, creams and other products are better absorbed by the skin after exfoliating as the layers of dead skin cells no longer block them. This makes the products you use more effective, which is great news for your skin and wallet. Exfoliating regularly helps your skin to be properly moisturized, makeup go on smoother,  and more evenly.

When looking for an exfoliator steer clear of ones the use shells and other jagged, uneven materials. You are looking for smooth, uniform exfoliators so they evenly exfoliate your skin. You should also only exfoliate 2-3 times a week and never on back-to-back days as doing so more often can cause skin irritation. Test the exfoliator on the underside of your arm before use on your face to test for possible reactions.

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