Exfoliation is removing the top layer of the skin – which is mostly made up of dead skin cells. These layers of dead cells are a month old and are blocking essential oxygen to your skin. When skin cannot breathe, it looks dull and dry. Even more so in the winter.
Exfoliation is necessary for a few reasons: It helps prevent breakouts. Dead skin cells clog pores which can lead to acne and other skin conditions. It improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It can also assist in the reduction of hyperpigmentation such as brown spots or sun spots and Exfoliation also helps with dry skin.
There are two different kinds of exfoliation: Chemical and Mechanical. Chemical or “acid” exfoliation does the work for you. You apply it, leave it on the skin, and it works to dissolve the dry skin cells. These exfoliants include ingredients such as Glycolic Acid, AHAs and BHA, and enzymes such as Pumpkin, Papaya, and Pineapple. Mechanical exfoliation is the use of products such as a scrub, where you do the work. Both are beneficial.
The thing to keep in mind is that the goal of exfoliation is to leave your skin feeling softer and looking healthier — not red and irritated. If you over-exfoliate, you could end up doing more harm than good.
For some people, exfoliating scrubs might just be too harsh. If that seems to be the case for you, try using a chemical exfoliator. You’ll probably need to use it only once a week. Also, avoid using an exfoliating tool or cleanser near your eyes, as this skin is far too sensitive and doesn’t need exfoliation.
A good rule of thumb when exfoliating at home is not to do it every day! This is a sure fire way that you will not over do it and cause damage to your skin.
The goal to any skin care product is to improve the condition and the appearance of your skin. If you are ever confused or unsure ask a trained esthetician who can point you in the right direction based on your skin’s needs.
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