We’ve all heard that exfoliation is good for our skin. In fact, it’s recommended as an essential part of most skin care routines. But do we all know exactly why?
This summer, with warmer weather on the horizon and a healthy glow really within reach now, let’s get back to the basics of exfoliation to understand how it benefits our skin and how we can incorporate it into our skin for optimal effect can integrate daily routine .
First, let’s look at what a scrub is…
There are three types of scrubs which can best be integrated into a skin care routine depending on skin type and sensitivity.
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Physical peels have historically been the most accessible version of exfoliation, and they rub the skin’s surface with small granules such as microbeads or bristles. This type of exfoliation helps Remove the surface layer of dead skin cells, making way for the lighter, smoother cells underneath and helps create a more polished, fresher look.
When you apply this type of scrub to the face, it is can sometimes cause irritation on sensitive skin typesespecially those suffering from a skin condition such as eczema or psoriasis, or those prone to acne.
These peels effectively eat away dead skin cells, by breaking down the “glue” that holds them together, allowing them to collapse and detach. This helps clog the pores and in turn remove the dry, dull cells. One of the most common active ingredients in chemical peels is salicylic acid, a form of beta hydroxy acid (BHA) or glycolic acid and alpha hydroxy acid (AHA).
Because chemical peels do not involve the mechanical process of scrubbing, they offer a gentler alternative to physical peels and are more suitable for sensitive skin types.
In this regard, enzymatic peelings have a similar effect to chemical peelings they break down the keratin in the skin. However, this degradation occurs much more slowly than chemical peels, resulting in a more gentle removal of dead skin cells and safe replacement by the new skin cells below.
The enzymes in enzymatic peels are often derived from natural sources such as fruits and offer a milder exfoliation method than physical and chemical peels. As a result, enzymatic peels may be the best exfoliating option of the three for people with sensitive skin.
Now that we’re all clear on what exfoliation is, let’s revisit why it’s so beneficial for our skin…
Why we love scrubs
While the body naturally gets rid of dead skin cells (most people lose around 30,000-40,000 dead skin cells per minute), it takes The average adult’s skin cells take 28 days from forming deep within the skin to actually reaching the skin’s surface and being shed.
This means that dead skin cells naturally line the surface of our skin, which can cause it to appear dull and, well, quite lifeless.
Exfoliating helps remove this surface layer of dead skin cells, making way for the fresher skin cells underneath. This helps our skin look more radiant by eliminating potential flaking or dryness caused by the dead skin cells resulting in a smoother, softer appearance.
Exfoliating can help rejuvenate our skin’s appearance and provide a shinier, more radiant finish year-round, but especially during winter when our skin doesn’t get much natural sunlight.
Dermatologists also claim that regular exfoliation helps stimulate collagen production and fight body acne. It helps reduce the likelihood of ingrown hairs and unclogs pores, and by opening those pores it allows the skin to breathe and release its natural oils better. Not only can this lead to a healthier one Looking for skin but also healthier skin point.
The physical process of peeling can also be done Stimulate better blood circulation in the area, improves elasticity and promotes a greater flow of oxygenated blood to the brain and other organs. And of course, we all know that exfoliating before applying a fake tan helps to achieve even coverage and a smooth, non-blotchy shine!
So, with the plethora of benefits, let’s see how we can enjoy daily exfoliation for maximum, radiant results that leave us refreshed from head to toe – or rather, toe to toe…
Before the shower
Before stepping into the shower, rub yourself down with yours exfoliating glove, starting at the soles of your feet and working your way up. this will help remove superficial, loose dry skin which can then be easily rinsed off under running water.
In the shower
for your body
Set the water on warm to open your pores and wash off your newly loosened dry skin.
Then, starting at the bottom, scrub the soles of your feet with yours Polishing foot Pebble to remove rough skin and treat calluses or stubborn areas. You might even want to soften the skin on your feet by soaking them in ours Ocean Fizz foot bath.
After thoroughly scrubbing the dead skin on your feet clean, apply Body smoothing refreshment polish to your exfoliating glove and gently rub the polish over your body in a circular motion.
Your feet and legs are covered in harder skin than your bikini and chest area, so you can apply more polish here or scrub a little harder when exfoliating.
Finally, lather up in one of your favorite shower lotions, such as Rinse and Retreat Sensitive Shower Gel or Eucalyptus, bergamot and black pepper shower gelfor a soapy, silky and wonderfully refreshing final cleansing.
for your face
Apply about a marble-sized blob of yours Face Smooth Brightening Nail Polish Apply to your face and massage in again with gentle, circular movements.
After gently scrubbing for about a minute, wash the granules and loosened dirt off your face with warm water. Then (if you can take it) run the shower water as cold as you can stand to close pores and further protect your face from extra sand and dirt.
After the shower
Now, while still slightly damp from the shower, spread your favorite moisturizing body lotion all over your body (we recommend Super smooth Renewing body lotion, Whipped Velvet Intensely rich melted butter or Body Love Firming Buttercreamdepending on your specific moisture needs) prior to straightening Skin Feast Nourishing Mmoisturizer or Skin Dream Firming Night Cream in your face.
These moisturizers help lock in the skin’s beauty and further unclog your pores provide an additional barrier between them and any external villains of the day or night.
Now with fresh, silky skin that’s smooth and revitalized, you’re ready to face the day feeling supple and sparkling clean!