Exfoliation is the removal of the tired, dry, dead skin cells on the surface of the skin and is one of the most important aspects of your skincare routine for both face and body.
Exfoliation not only increase blood circulation, which in turn helps you to achieve healthy and glowing skin. It also speeds up the skin renewal process, allowing new healthy cells to take their place. This process helps turn your complexion from dull and dry to bright, vibrant and smooth.
How often should you do it?
We suggest exfoliating one or twice a week as part of your home care regime on both the face and body depending on your skin type. Below you can find few examples of the general benefits of exfoliation and also how exfoliation can help when dealing with some skin problems.
Dry, flaky Skin
If your skin is dry or dehydrated, you may find scaly or flaky areas which would benefit hugely from exfoliation. Once you have exfoliated your skin will be ready to absorb the moisturiser. Exfoliation will help your skin to absorb the product from the surface of the skin and hydrate the upper layers of your skin.
Clogged, congested pores
If you suffer from combination or oily skin exfoliation helps to draw out congestion, otherwise known as blackheads and whiteheads. The most common areas are the nose, chin and forehead. Remember not to over exfoliate, once a week is enough.
After having a blemish on the skin there can sometimes be a dark mark left for a while. The best way to fade these dark marks is to exfoliate twice a week to remove those damaged skin cells and encourage new healthy skin tissue to grow.
When you have your hair waxed, you are pulling the hair from the root. Although the hair will eventually grow back weaker, it sometimes cannot pierce through the skin and a red spot will appear around the hair. This is known as ingrowing hair. Start exfoliation a few days after your waxing treatment to prevent this happening.
Uneven skin tone
Pigmentation is a common and usually harmless condition in which patches of skin become darker in colour than the normal surrounding skin. This darkening occurs when an excess of melanin, the brown pigment that produces normal skin colour, forms deposits in the skin. Pigmentation can be caused due to genetics, sun exposure, stress, fluctuating hormones caused by pregnancy, by birth control pills, menopause, insulin resistance, damage to the skin due to injury or overly aggressive skin care treatment or frequent use of hair dyes.
Exfoliation is beneficial for breaking up pigmented cells, encouraging them to fade. Regular targeted facials at your salon are also good to help promote healthy skin reproductions, helping these areas to fade.
Sun tanning or self tanning
If you are thinking of self tanning or going on holiday anytime soon exfoliating your skin is ideal for getting rid of dead skin cells which will make your tan last longer and give you a nice even tan. Remember - always be careful when tanning and make sure to protect your skin with the correct sun cream protection.
Aftercare For exfoliating
Because you are increasing blood circulation, breaking down toxins and encouraging new skin cells to come through make sure to drink lots of water to help drain the toxins and help give the new cells a healthy glowing appearance. After exfoliation the skin is ready to absorb a good moisturiser. Do not expose your exfoliated skin to UV rays, sun or sunbed for 24 hours.