Time to Exfoliate?


Do you want radiant skin? Smooth, glowing skin that makes you feel young and healthy? This might feel like an impossible goal, especially in this cold weather. Not to mention that collagen production slows down as we age and cell structures weaken and die. Dead skin cells give off a dull complexion, making your skin look listless and unhealthy. The remedy to this can be a proper exfoliating routine for your face and body. A successful exfoliation means safely and effectively removing the layer of dead skin and using a great moisturizer to restore the skin’s glowing appearance.

Exfoliation removes dead skin cells from the outer layer of skin, increasing blood circulation and brightening the appearance of your skin. Exfoliating also helps stimulate collagen synthesis to improve the skin’s texture, keeping the skin looking plump, tight, and younger-looking. The dead, dull skin cells can be removed with exfoliation, revealing brighter, healthier, undamaged skin, exposing a smoother and brighter complexion. There are so many exfoliators on the market. How do you know what’s going to work the best? The thing to keep in mind is that everyone’s skin is different. You have to experiment and find the amount of exfoliating that will work for you and the best method of exfoliating that will help your skin the best.

Exfoliating Brush: Usually a bristle brush used on the face and/or body to remove layers of dead skin cells. While some exfoliating brushes can be used for dry brushing, others can be used with a facial cleanser or body wash.
Exfoliating Sponge: A gentle way to exfoliate. Lathering an exfoliating sponge with warm water and soap will give you a softer feel to your skin.
Exfoliating Scrub: Scrubs can be applied directly to the skin. Use a gentle, circular motion, and wash your skin with warm water after applying the scrub.
Glycolic Acid: Will remove dead cells that sit on the skin’s surface and encourage healthy skin turnover. Glycolic acid can make your skin prone to skin damage, so you should follow up with an SPF and moisturizer.

Dry Skin: Dry or flaky skin can benefit from exfoliation. Use exfoliants that contain AHAs since these are more gentle. AHAs are water-soluble acids made from sugary fruit. They help peel away the surface of your skin so new cells may generate and take their place. Examples of AHAs are glycolic acid and solutions made from citrus and lactic acids.
Sensitive Skin: A mild chemical exfoliator is best used with a gentle washcloth.
Oily Skin: An exfoliating brush is best for oily or thicker skin, which may have an extra layer of buildup on the surface.

Exfoliating may not be for everyone. You should keep a close eye on your exfoliating routine. If you notice your skin is red, inflamed, peeling, or irritated, stop, and see your dermatologist.