7 Benefits of Exfoliating: Find Out How To Exfoliate
When you reach a certain age, your once-enviable glow is reduced to a mere glint, and your face starts to resemble a road map of Marseille. We don't mean you, but hey, it happens to us all at some point, right?
If you've tried every "miracle fix" on the market with zero results, it's time to give gentle exfoliation a shot. What are the benefits of exfoliating dead skin? Discover 7 ways and prepare to be wowed.
WHAT IS EXFOLIATION?
We define exfoliate as a practice that removes dead skin cells from the outer layer of your skin (the epidermis) on your face and/or body. You can use a beauty tool such as a loofah, mitt, grainy scrub, or soap.
WHAT ARE THE SKIN BENEFITS OF EXFOLIATING?
If your skin looks lacklustre, it could benefit from a bit of buffing. Why is exfoliating important? Read on, my flaky friends, because we will explain how to exfoliate skin naturally...
#1. REDUCES THE APPEARANCE OF WRINKLES
Laughter lines are inevitable, but you ought to get scrubbing when they've gone past the point of being funny. It's important though that you use a gentle, natural type of exfoliant that pampers as it gets to work.
Your visage is exceptionally delicate; you risk tearing the skin's layers if you go at it like you're grating cheese.
#2. IMPROVES and Evens SKIN TONE AND TEXTURE
Exfoliation can help if you have dry, pigmented, or blotchy bits. Sloughing away old skin cells and allowing fresh ones to peep through gives your complexion a new lease of life.
Skin exfoliation benefits and improves texture and tone for a softer, smoother look and feel; some say baby-soft skin, but let's not get carried away.
#3. Unclogs Pores to Prevent Acne
Exfoliation for acne-prone skin is a great skin care hack. Exfoliating products or the grains of an exfoliating soap help on multiple levels. When you unclog pores on your oily skin, you will improve the skin's texture (Buh-bye, blackheads!).
Removing dead skin cells will make your skin feel smoother (Take that, acne scars!). Plus, your complexion will be less prone to blemishes (Makeup? Don't know her).
#4. STIMULATES SKIN CELL RENEWAL FOR GLOWING SKIN
While it's impossible to turn back the clock, you can reignite your radiance without a trip to the fabled Fountain of Youth.
The solution is... you guessed it: exfoliation, which actively promotes skin cell turnover for brighter, clearer, younger-looking skin.
#5. BOOSTS YOUR CIRCULATION FOR IMPROVED SKIN TEXTURE
Regular exfoliation benefits skin all year round, but it's especially beneficial during the winter months.
Cold weather and central heating can dry out your skin and make it look, shall we say, uninspiring. Scrub well to improve blood flow and lymphatic drainage to revitalise your skin.
#6. MAKES YOUR LOTIONS AND POTIONS WORK HARDER
There's little point splurging on fancy face creams and skincare products if they sit on the clogged pores of your dead skin; ingredients only work if they can get deep down to the skin underneath.
By exfoliating your skin and removing the outermost layer of dead skin cells, your lotions can better penetrate the dermis layers beneath.
#7. GIVES YOU HEALTHIER SKIN THE NATURAL WAY.
Many beauty buffs know that chemicals are a big nope. Chemical exfoliants are harsh for some skin types and can worsen skin complaints, especially on sensitive skin. Best to stick to physical exfoliation.
“I am always keen to discover something new, but my advice is always to exfoliate. Get rid of those dead, dry cells; then the new skin is ready for moisturising, and you find your inner dewy, youthful glow. It's in there somewhere.”
HOW TO EXFOLIATE Naturally AND WHAT TO USE
I suppose the question now is, would you prefer to use a natural scrub or chemical exfoliator with Salicylic acid, Alpha hydroxy acids or Beta hydroxy acids? Hmm... let me think... Natural all day.
You can exfoliate your face and body, so long as you remember to go gently. Use a gentle exfoliant, and do not do it too often; 2-3 times per week is plenty, but it depends on your skin type.
For the benefits of exfoliating your face, choose natural exfoliating soaps that care for your skin as they blitz the bad stuff. For your body, a natural loofah or brush will help you get your glow on.
Use a body scrub in the shower when you're in a hurry, but if you have time, dry-brush your legs before you hop in the bath. Brush in a circular motion towards your heart, and get that blood circulation flowing. Make it part of your skincare routine, and you can ditch the 60 denier tights to show off your perfect pins!
Our natural exfoliating soaps contain seeds, grains or flowers for a scrubby sensation. We also have a range of eco-friendly, plastic-free, biodegradable (takes a deep breath), and sustainably sourced exfoliating tools.
From brushes to loofahs to mitts to... those strap thingies you scrub your back with, you'll find an eco way to achieve smoother skin.
BONUS TIP: WHAT NOT TO EXFOLIATE WITH
Scrubbing is incredibly satisfying, but do try not to get carried away. We've already mentioned chemical exfoliation is a no-go. So consider that although hedgehogs, cacti, matchboxes, sandpaper and Hugh Jackman's beard may all have a covetable coarseness, they'll leave your skin texture raw rather than radiant.
Do you exfoliate your dead skin cells as part of your skincare routine? What are your favourite methods for achieving that admirable glowing skin? Has your skin improved since using any of our products? We'd love to know if exfoliating helps you.
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