While flipping through the pages of magazines, haven’t you ever felt envious of the dewy and clear complexion that the models or celebrities flaunt? While most of these images are heavily edited for the best appearance, we can’t help but wish that even we could enjoy such flawless complexions as well.
Exfoliation, as a concept, sounds fancy and luxurious but is really quite simple. You only need a face exfoliator in this case to reveal a fresh layer of skin that is free from any flakiness, dead skin cells, and grime.
And it will leave you with a flattering radiance. You will have naturally glowing and beautiful skin that will make everyone green with envy. Read on as we give you more insight into this fascinating step of skincare.
We have already given you a brief introduction to exfoliation, which is mostly the removal of any grime and dead skin from your face using a facial exfoliator.
However, if we were to give you a proper definition exfoliation is a complete process that can be performed mechanically or chemically to remove the layer of dead skin cells that gets accumulated on the surface of the skin.
When you opt for mechanical exfoliation, it usually involves abrasive scrubs whereas chemical exfoliation involves the use of special kinds of acids that first dissolve the dead skin cells and then remove them. It should be noted that, in the case of the former method, there is a gentle scrubbing involved, but the latter method doesn’t involve any scrubbing.
Mechanical exfoliation usually consists of using tools such as an exfoliation sponge, exfoliation gloves, or an exfoliation brush. Having said this, one of the most popular methods of exfoliation under this category includes the use of facial exfoliators.
Facial exfoliators, also known as facial scrubs, are usually a combination of cream along with gritty particles that is usually directly applied to the skin. You don’t have to worry about these particles being harsh on your skin because they are fine enough to not damage any tiny blood vessels or cause any inflammation.
On the other hand, chemical exfoliation is carried out by experienced dermatologists by using alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs). The most common examples of these acids include citric acid, glycolic acid, and salicylic acid.
You are definitely taking a step towards amazing and blemish-free skin – no matter the method you choose – when you start exfoliating.
As you may have realized now, exfoliation is quite an integral part of a good skincare regime. You can either visit a dermatologist who can customize an exfoliation plan that suits your skin while solving the specific issues you want to target. Or, you can opt for over-the-counter products such as facial scrubs for quick and efficient cleaning.
Make sure that you choose an exfoliant that has smooth and fine granules. If you are not careful and get a product that has rough particles, they can cause minute tears in your skin, irritating it. The most common examples of these include larger granulated products such as walnut scrubs or apricot scrubs.
Start scrubbing your face after you clean it. Make sure to use gentle, circular motions to rub the product against your skin. You can apply the scrub to your neck as well.
While you are at it, you should also ensure that you do not indulge in over-exfoliation. Not only will it make the skin dryer, but it will also cause your sebaceous glands to go into a frenzy leading to excessive production of sebum and oil.
If you are not aware of the disadvantages of this excessive production then let us tell you it will cause your skin to break out, a lot. Using a facial scrub twice or thrice a week is more than enough.
Our body is naturally made in a way to keep replacing dead skin cells with newer and healthier ones. In fact, one of the signs of healthy and good skin is a fast cell turnover rate. However, as you become older, this process of cell regeneration can slow down quite a bit.
When this regeneration system gets prolonged, it can lead to the gradual buildup of dead skin cells on the surface of our skin. This is something that is undesirable because your skin texture becomes rough while your face develops a lackluster appearance. Let us also not forget the negative impact this build-up will have on the pores of our facial skin.
When the pores get clogged, skin conditions like acne and other blemishes will become more predominant. All these negative side-effects can be actively curbed with the help of exfoliation.
If you start exfoliating your skin, the outermost or the dermis layer will be able to breathe more. This is, of course, due to the removal of any dirt, oil, sebum, and dead cells from it.
The other advantage of using exfoliants is the fact that, when you apply any other product afterward, your skin will be able to absorb the benefits of the ingredients in a more efficient manner. Skincare products like serums or moisturizers are generally applied after exfoliation. As a result, the formula will be able to penetrate deeper into the skin cells giving you radiant, hydrated, and supple skin. So yes, you need to instantly make exfoliation a part of your skincare routine.