Exfoliation may not be a new word to your ears, just one of those things you shy away from doing! You may have read or watched all the goodness that comes with exfoliation, but you still haven’t got the push you need to start! Well, you are missing out on one of the secrets to beautiful skin!
Exfoliation is simply removing dead skin cells from your skin. There are over the counter products you can use, but there are also common household items you can use. Scientists have revealed that the human skin naturally gets rid of dead skin cells on an average of 30 days but sometimes these dead cells may not shed completely leaving room for clogged pores and dry flaky patches and let’s face it if we left it to nature to have its way that would mean we only get to rejuvenate our skin approximately 11- 12 times a year so what happens in between. This would explain why solutions had to be found.
You may be asking, how exactly does exfoliation benefit me? Exfoliation opens up skin pores allowing for better absorption of your favorite skin products which in return improves the appearance and feel of your skin. Who doesn’t want to run their fingers irresistibly over their skin like the models in that beauty commercial? Well, this is one of the secrets. Exfoliation is known to boost collagen production and collagen is that protein generated by your body to allow skin elasticity thereby preventing sagging.
So how do you go about it? As earlier mentioned it could be physical exfoliation meaning that manual scrubbing is done with what is termed as a physical exfoliant. Physical exfoliants range from body brushes to loofahs, pumice stones, derma rollers, exfoliating mitts, muslin cloth, and cleansing scrubs. The good news is that most of these are usually easy to find. For example, just within your home are multiple Do It Yourself(DIY) scrubs with great results. It should be noted however that if done wrongly one may irritate the skin and eliminate any natural moisture therefore it is advisable to follow up physical exfoliation with oil or any form of skin hydration.
Exfoliation can also be done using Over The Counter(OTC) Products in which case it is important to consider what exactly that particular product caters to as these include body, face, hand, and feet scrubs. It is not advisable to apply body scrub on one’s face because the face requires more gentle products.
One should also avoid using every exciting product at the same time as this can damage the skin and make it harder to trace skin reactions and allergies as well as side effects. This does not mean however that you have to stick to one product for the rest of your life, instead, create a personal cycle for your products as your skin needs change. Someone on a high dairy intake may find that a particular product will no longer work for them once they switch to a high vegetable diet. Please also keep in mind your skin type as you choose an OTC product to use as not every product applies to every skin type.
Lastly, there is no particular time for one to exfoliate however evenings are preferable as one gets to clear all the day’s effects and how often one exfoliates will also depend on their skin type and current skin condition so only do what works for you.
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