Exfoliation matters if you???re looking for clear, young, healthy skin. It should be considered one of the basics of all natural skin care.
When you don???t exfoliate:
skin appears dull
wrinkles appear deeper
congestion and break-outs more frequent
Environmental debris serves to cause congestion and build up on the surface of your skin. Think of a big city and its subsequent smog. Once a refreshing rain blows through, you see the beauty of the city, unobstructed, once again. The same with sanding a piece of rough, splintery wood; the result is smooth and polished. And the same goes for your skin.
So What Is Exfoliation?
Exfoliation is the process of removing the oldest, most superficial layer of the skin. It helps to counter the number of dead cells and subsequent dirt and debris from falling into the pores and causing congestion (blackheads, whiteheads, breakouts). It encourages cell proliferation, or the turning over and renewing of new cells, which creates a younger, healthy glow. It also helps to minimize wrinkles and fine lines because less build up equals less differentiation in the texture of your skin.
Two main types of exfoliation are: chemical and mechanical. Chemical involves using specially formulated ingredients to loosen the substance that binds the surface cells. This may include alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), beta hydroxy acids (BHAs), or fruit derived enzymes that act that pac-men to simply munch away those dead cells. Chemical is most recommended to treat acne. Mechanical entails utilizes a textural substance like granules, micro-beads, and rice bran or loofahs and cloths. Be careful to avoid mechanical exfoliation if you have active breakouts as the breaking open of papules, or pustules can spread bacteria and cause more clusters to erupt.
Wishing you the freshest, healthiest skin as you face the holidays, your in-laws, and the beginnings of a new year!