WHAT'S THE POINT?
Our skin is constantly regenerating proportional to our age.
This is why you may find that wounds on younger skin tend to heal faster.
For comparison, teens regenerate every 30 days compared to the middle-aged at around 30-40 days.
So don't the dead skin cells just fall off by themselves?
We loose tens of thousands of skin cells each day. However, in some areas, these old cells can form a barrier or crust. A build up of these cells can results in a dull-looking complexion and skin tone, and has a tendency to hold onto blemish causing bacteria.
This is why we Exfoliate!
Removing these dead skin uncovers the glow of your new cells, smooths out texture and increases the efficiency of your skincare products.
This means deeper absorption of your moisturizers and smoother application of foundations.
Exfoliation - used correctly - stimulates the formation of healthy cells.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I EXFOLIATE?
Less is more!
1-2 times per week is plenty. More than this may have the opposite effect causing irritation, micro-tears and all the the effect of blemishes and discomfort that come with it.
We don't want that.
Be sure to pay attention to the the following:
- How does my skin feel during exfoliation?
- After applying moisturizers, do I feel any discomfort?
- The days following, do I notice any increase in blemishes?
- Does my skin appear scratched or discoloured?
HOW DO I CHOOSE AN EXFOLIANT?
It is unlikely that you will find a one-size-fits-all exfoliant for the whole body.
Your facial skin differs in sensitivity to that of the rest of your body - therefore while a sugar scrub may be perfect for your legs, it may be too aggressive for your face.
Steer clear of exfoliants that have sharp edges or contain microplastics.
It doesn't have to feel uncomfortable to be effective!
Natural exfoliants like sugars, ground botanicals and clays are non-invasive and don't require guidelines for exposure like chemical exfoliants do. You may also opt for using a soap sleeve for exfoliation when using a bar soap.
When looking for a facial exfoliant, finer particulate like what is found in a clay facial are a better option.
The best tolerated method of exfoliation is to apply product to damp skin, and massage in a circular motion.
Don't apply too much pressure - anything that is not readily removed should not be forced. Following up with consistent maintenance is key.
Your homework this week:
Assess your exfoliants
Exfoliate 1-2x per week
Shine bright, don't dim your light for anyone!