Everything you need to know about exfoliation

Want to flaunt a complexion that’s beyond compare? Scrub it! Yes, that’s the simple act of exfoliation. In fact, it is a traditional method to be the crown princess of shine. Today, scrubbing or exfoliation is an integral lineup in a beauty regime. But like all good things, exfoliation too should be enjoyed in moderation. Over-exfoliation can leave your skin looking raw and red.

So that brings us to the question, why is exfoliation so important? Well, as a natural process, our skin constantly sheds dead skin and dead cells. While a regular CTM routine is a skincare mandate, it does not remove all the accumulated skin sheds. This results in flaky, dry patches and those annoying clogged pores.

That’s when our hero, exfoliation, saves the day, and our skin. Exfoliating removes these dead skin cells from the skin’s layer, also known as the epidermis, giving it instant radiance. If we do not exfoliate, these dead skin deposits accumulate over time and make our skin look dull and lifeless. Moreover, regular exfoliation helps moisturizers and other topical beauty products to work their way through the skin, easily.

Fascinating, isn’t it? How a simple process like exfoliation can give such fabulous skin? Well, there’s even more reason to add some ‘yay’ to these marvelous benefits. This beauty routine also helps in unclogging pores, so it’s time to bid adieu to those nasty skin breakouts. But that’s not all. There are a host of benefits your skin will be singing praises of.

Exfoliation Benefits

  • It unclogs pores and reduces skin breakouts, acne, and blackheads
  • It drives O2 to the skin and helps in stimulating the regeneration of the epidermis and skin cells
  • It stimulates blood flow and thereby gives a glow.
  • It allows topical skincare products to work deep within the skin
  • It boosts circulation
  • It evens out skin tone

Wow! That’s a whole lot of benefits. But hang on. Here’s the big news. There’s more than one way to slough. That’s right. There are two ways to exfoliation your skin – Physical Exfoliation and Chemical Exfoliation. Both do exactly the same thing but in different ways.

Physical Exfoliation v/s Chemical Exfoliation

Physical Exfoliation

The process in which the skin cells are removed by physical friction is called Physical Exfoliation. Loofah, bath salts, or granular scrubs help in buffing away accumulated dead cells on the skin’s surface. The scrubbing movement stimulates blood flow, hence giving the skin an undeniable radiance.

Alternatively, you can also opt for microdermabrasion treatments by a professional beautician.

However, you must consider your skin type before you exfoliate. If you have normal or oily skin, exfoliate every 5 days. If you have dry or sensitive skin, once every 10 days should do the trick.

Remember, if you are using an exfoliating face wash, avoid harsh ingredients like fruit pits and nutshells. If not finely ground, these can super-abrasive particles can cause a micro tear in your skin

Chemical Exfoliation

Chemical Exfoliation is nothing but the use of skin-friendly acids to get rid of dead skin. But don’t worry. These are usually safe. But it is always wise to do a patch test first. If there’s no reaction, then hurrah! Go ahead and exfoliate.

So basically, chemical exfoliators need to contain fruit enzymes or AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) or BHAs (Beta Hydroxy Acids). Some frequently used AHAs include Lactic Acid, Citric Acid, and Glycolic Acid, while Salicylic Acid is a BHA commonly used for exfoliation.

Tips to exfoliate your body and face

  • Use gentle hand movements
  • Determine your skin type before deciding on your exfoliant and its frequency
  • Always be sure to use lukewarm water to wash your face
  • Avoid applying makeup immediately after you exfoliate
  • For men, do not exfoliate soon after shaving

If done correctly, exfoliation does your skin a whole lot of good. An ideal exfoliation regimen suited for your skin type ensures an ethereal luminosity and a glow that lasts. Remember, gorgeous skin does not require a miracle, it requires commitment. So don’t skip your exfoliation routine. Eliminate dead cells, polish your skin, refine your pores, and flaunt that amazing skin. Because you glow, girl!

Also Read: 7 effective DIY scrubs for glowing skin

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