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The Amazing Benefits of The Simple Act of Exfoliating
We are all familiar with the standard 3-step skincare routine of cleanse, treat and moisturize. But as we age, our natural cell turnover rate decreases. Adding additional skincare support into our routine can help us maintain that youthful glow longer. One of these is exfoliation. Exfoliation involves the removal of the oldest layer of dead skin cells on the skin’s outermost surface, and it should be your go-to skin care step to revive dull looking skin, and regain a youthful, glowing complexion.
Here are 10 reasons (and there are plenty more!) to regularly exfoliate your skin.
- Exfoliation helps treatment products penetrate the skin better. By removing the dead skin cells that can be clogging your pores and blocking your skin from absorbing that oh-so-important treatment product, exfoliating can help you get the most out of your anti-aging products.
- Exfoliation helps reduce wrinkles. The skin’s natural exfoliation process helps to keep skin looking young and wrinkle-free. However, as we age, that process slows down. As you incorporate exfoliation into your skincare routine, you are tricking the skin into acting younger again, speeding up skin renewal.
- Exfoliation helps makeup sit better. Incorporate exfoliating into your morning cleansing routine for a better makeup application.
- Exfoliation helps reduce acne breakouts. Acne-prone skin sheds skin cells more rapidly than normal or dry skin. However, those skin cells can get stuck on the skin surface, irritating pores. Exfoliating cleans away dead skin cells that clog pores and hair follicles.
- Exfoliation helps to remove makeup at night. Exfoliating your skin with your evening cleansing routine will help lift any remaining makeup particles off your skin that your normal cleansing routine might have missed.
- Exfoliation helps reduce hyperpigmentation. Exfoliating aids in speeding up cell turnover, they key to fading brown spots and discoloration. The more you remove the damaged cells on the skin’s surface, the faster the new, healthy cells will move up to replace them.
- Exfoliation helps relieve dry skin. Dry skin means you have a buildup of dry skin cells. Even though layering on a heavy moisturizer may feel like you are rehydrating skin, that moisturizer cannot get through the layer of dry skin cells to actually moisturize the skin underneath. Exfoliating will remove that layer, allowing your moisturizer to heal and hydrate your skin.
- Exfoliation helps create smoother skin. Exfoliating removes the rough, dry dead skin cells sitting on top of your skin. Once those are gone, skin has a much smoother feel and appearance.
- Exfoliation helps increase collagen production. By exfoliating, removing the top layer of dead skin cells, skin is tricked into producing new cells which helps stimulate new collagen production.
- Exfoliation helps you look younger. Exfoliation helps remove dirt, debris, excess oil and dulling skin cells that make your skin appear old and wrinkled.
Before you get to scrubbing, here are a few things to keep in mind when incorporating exfoliation into your skincare routine.
- Cleanse skin before exfoliating.
- Exfoliate 2 – 3 times a week, depending on your skin sensitivity. (The more sensitive your skin, the more days you should let your skin rest in between exfoliating.)
- Use an exfoliator that is both mechanical and chemical, like our Cell Reboot Exfoliating Skin Polisher. It contains organic rice and oat powder that gently (jey word: gently) exfoliates and restores skin radiance, as well as natural fruit extracts to cleanse, renew and smooth skin. You won’t find any nut seeds (they cause micro tears in the skin) or micro beads here.
- Always follow exfoliating with a good moisturizer.
Do you exfoliate as a part of your normal skincare routine? Tell us in the comments.