Your skin is constantly repairing and replacing itself. Because of this, you can be left with layers upon layers of dead skin. Exfoliating helps rid your skin of these leftover dead skin cells, revealing healthier, brighter skin immediately after.
What is Exfoliation and Why You Should Exfoliate Your Skin?
Exfoliation is a skin-care technique of removing dead cells from the outer layer of the skin. By removing this layer of clutter, exfoliation helps brighten your complexion and lets your skin-care products penetrate deeper into your skin.
It’s especially helpful as we age and cell turnover slows down. And by keeping the process of cells renewal moving along at a good speed, exfoliation helps prevent skin from looking dull.
Exfoliation can actually help improve the health of your skin as well. If your skin is riddled with dead cells, your skin care products may not be able to penetrate deep into the skin and do their work. By removing the top-most layer of skin, you’re making it easier for your topical skin treatments to sink deep below the surface where they could make a difference.
If you have acne-prone skin, exfoliation can help clear out clogged pores that often lead to breakouts. It can also help fade acne scars faster by accelerating skin cell turnover and stimulating collagen production.
Types of Exfoliation
Exfoliation can either be a physical/mechanical or chemical. The first involves using a skin care tool (sponge, towel or brush) on your skin to displace and remove dead skin cells. The other method involves using a liquid, mask, gel or scrub with granules like sugar to smooth and refine the skin.
The Skin Care Benefits of Exfoliating Facial Masks
There are countless benefits of exfoliating face masks. For one, they get rid of dry, flaky skin. On top of that, regular exfoliation may help with any sun damage or skin discoloration from the summer months.
How to Use an Exfoliating Face Mask (And How Often)
Adding an exfoliating face mask into your routine is one thing; knowing when and how to use it is another, as every skin type is different.
Clay masks are considered to be the gentlest way of exfoliating, but it's important to understand your skin type when choosing the right clay for yourself. Bentonite and green clays are the strongest, perfect for oily/acne types, kaolin white clay is recommended for normal skin, while pink or ivory clay are great for sensitive skin.
Basic Exfoliating Tips for Everyone
1.Exfoliate 1-3 times a week depending on your skin type, and always at night. Exfoliating during the day can expose your skin to debris, as well as environmental stress factors, and UV rays.
2.You can exfoliate less in the summer. On hot summer days it is recommended to exfoliate skin once a week max but maybe even less, depending on what you exfoliate with.
3.Always follow up exfoliating with toner and serum/moisturiser.
Whatever exfoliant you choose, do understand that exfoliating is important. It not only helps unclog the pores and make our moisturisers work better, but also helps speed up your cell turnover, keeping you looking younger!