Benefits of Exfoliating
So, I am pretty sure we all have had a fair share of bad experience when it comes to exfoliating.
We all have gone through the stage of experiencing bad exfoliation to the point where we turned into David Harbor's Hellboy.
The good old days!
If I could have a dollar for all my bad exfoliating experience, I would have one up on Elon Musk. I would've been the richest person today! But that didn't come true. Sadly!
Traumatic, isn't it?
All the jokes and bad experiences aside, what if I told you regular exfoliating is actually really good for you and is an important part of your self care routine to keep your skin healthy and glowing.
Don't believe me? Don't worry, we've got some facts backed by science to make you believe.
But first, what is exfoliating and how does it work?
Exfoliation in the easiest way possible is the removal of the outermost part of your skin; the top most layer of your skin, revealing fresh new skin cells.
There are two different ways that you can exfoliate.
1. Physical exfoliation:
Physical exfoliation is the removal of dead skin cells, by things such as a scrub, dry brushing, dermaplaning, and many more.
Physical exfoliation is most recommended on the body as it can be too harsh for the face, as the skin on your face is more sensitive than the skin on your body.
2. Chemical exfoliation:
Chemical exfoliation is the removal of dead skin cells over time with the help of active ingredients.
These ingredients include retinol, Retin-A, AHA, BHA, glycolic acid and many more.
One of the most famous chemical exfoliants is tretinoin. It is a form of vitamin A that is usually prescribed to patients with acne but can also be used by people without acne.
It helps in exfoliating the skin and overtime helps in clearing acne, treating hyperpigmentation, fine lines and much more.
Now that we've discussed the two ways of exfoliation, let's look at the benefits that exfoliation provides.
Here are the benefits of exfoliating that you might not have known about:
1. Unclogging your pores:
When you exfoliate, the outermost layer of your skin is being removed. This layer is already full of dead skin cells that are sitting on your skin, hiding the new skin cells till they shed.
It takes about 4-6 weeks for your skin to complete one cycle, from new skin cells to old dead cells and then to shed off. That means your dead cells sit on your skin for at least 2 weeks.
During the time that your good-for-nothing old dead skin cells sit on your face, they prevent the new cells from proper breathing, plus the oil produced from your skin is captured under the dead cells. This lead to blackheads.
Yup, the blackheads, the black dots that look like someone painted on your face, are caused by lack of exfoliation.
These blackheads can be prevented from regular exfoliating. Exfoliation helps to remove the outermost layer of your skin which helps your skin in breathing, and prevents further clogging of your pores.
Also, by regular exfoliating, we mean to exfoliating not more than twice a week. If you have sensitive skin, then just exfoliating once a week is more than enough.
Remember, your aim is to get rid of your Blackheads, and not becoming a kids worst red demon nightmare.
But if scaring kids is your dream, then the floor is yours!
2. Preventing acne:
Acne (just to be clear we're not talking about not hormonal acne. ) are mostly caused by the same reasons as blackheads. But the only difference is that when the captured sebum(oil secreted by your skin) is created in large amounts ( all our oily skin kings and queens can relate) it leads to acne. And it's painful, as the oil is created in large amounts in the skin layers underneath, the sebum then grows there, and then sees the light of the day. Coming up, all big and red.
One of the other common acne is body acne. Yup as if face and neck acne isn't enough trouble.
But the good news is, body acne is much more likely to be treated and prevented than face acne( as your face secrets more oil than any other body part) if taken proper care.
One of the easiest ways to prevent body acne is using body scrubs.
Body scrubs gently exfoliate the skin without irritating it, and leave baby soft skin with new happy cells smiling at you. And remember, don't forget to give your skin some love by moisturising after exfoliating.
Speaking of body scrubs, here are some benefits of body scrubs that we thought you might like to know:
● They allow your skin to absorb moisturizer better.
● They unclog pores and prevent ingrown hairs. (Yay!)
● They leave your skin smoother and more even.
We recommend our Whipped Exfoliating Body Scrub. It is a luxurious body scrub that cleanses your skin, and moisturizes it. All in one!
3. It helps other products penetrate deeply:
As we already know by now, that exfoliation gets rids of the outermost layer of the skin and reveals new skin. As there is no more dead skin blocking penetration of anything into your skin, skincare penetrates even better than before. Giving you more benefits, as all the product can now enter your skin without any being left behind.
4. Exfoliation even outs your skin.
People with acne or the ones who have high melanin know exactly what hyperpigmentation feels like. It makes your skin look like a canvas of a three year old toddler.
It's frustrating. Right?
This is why exfoliation comes to the rescue. Exfoliating removes the upper dead skin cells and reveals new fresh skin cells. This process if done regularly, overtime leads into a hyperpigmentation-free skin.
No more dark patches on your skin. Just a healthy looking evened out skin tone.
5. Boost circulation and lymphatic drainage:
One of the best ways to exfoliate your body while getting rid of the toxins inside is including dry brushing in your routine.
Dry brushing works by exfoliating the skin. It works by using a dry brush with coarse, natural fibre bristles over the body in regular circular motion.
This brushing helps get rid of the dead skin; exfoliating your skin and also helping in lymphatic drainage.
The lymphatic system helps your body fight off infections. But, sometimes they get clogged, which can result in sickness. Dry brushing helps the pores to open up, and reduces the amount of toxins flowing through your body. Check out our 5 Minutes A Day Dry Brushing demo on YouTube.
Plus it also helps you to relax!
Use the dry brush prior to showering or bathing, massaging in circular motions starting at your feet and moving upwards toward the heart. For a softer, more gentle massage, use on wet skin.
So here are the ways you can exfoliate your skin and also the benefits that exfoliation provides.
And remember, don't forget to wear your sunscreen. Because no matter how much you exfoliate, only a sunscreen can save the day!
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