We all know that exfoliation is important. But how exactly does one properly exfoliate their skin? There are so many creams, washes and even devices on the, market that promise you glowing, beautifully exfoliated skin, but do they even work? Do you even actually need to exfoliate your skin anyway?
Short answer, yes, you do.
Whether you use antioxidants, laser resurfacing, or simply exfoliation creams and washes, you do need to ensure that you use the correct method and products for your skin. Too much exfoliation can have the opposite effect.
Simply put, exfoliation is the removal of dead skin and cells from the surface of your skin. It can help to clear your complexion, reduce acne, and renew your skin by removing the dead layer on the surface. This has a twofold benefit. Not only will your skin look brighter and clearer, but it will be healthier too. Exfoliated skin absorbs product better, it is more hydrated, is more sun resistant, and results in fewer wrinkles, fine lines, and other signs of ageing.
Acne is also made much worse by skin that hasn’t been exfoliated. Sebum and dead skin cells block pores, resulting in bacterial growth and other infections. Have you ever stared at your skin and seen the blocked pores, which then turn into angry red bumps? Yup, that could all be avoided by a decent exfoliation. Of course, some acne is acute and needs a lot more than just a good scrub to get rid of it.
There are a few ways that one can exfoliate the skin: physical, chemical, and with a device.
Physical exfoliators are usually a sponge or a cream with beads in it. To use it, you need to wet your face and put a small about of the cream in your hand. Rub your skin in small circles using your fingertips or the exfoliating sponge. Do this for about 30 seconds, really making sure that you get it all over your face, but concentrating on your T zone. If you aren’t sure where your T zone is, have a look in the mirror at the area that runs from your chin to your forehead. Above your eyes, you will see how it spreads out to create a “T”. This zone will often have bigger pores, and suffer more from blockages and acne.
Chemical exfoliators are a bit easier to use. These make use of either AHA’s (alpha hydroxy acids) or BHA’s, (beta hydroxy acid) These neat solutions actually work by breaking down the bonds that keep the sebum and dead skin on your face and in your pores. To use them, you simply need to wash your face with a regular cleanser. Choose one that suits your skin type, ie either foamy or milky. We love this one for dry skin, and this one for oily skin.
Once you have cleansed your skin, apply the chemical exfoliant, again concentrating on your T zone. You can also apply it to your neck, decolletage, and even the backs of your hands. If you have a willing partner, have them apply it to your back, which may also be acne-prone. Leave the exfoliant on your skin, and apply a serum or cream once it has dried.
Exfoliating is taking a whole new direction. Like many things these days, technology is beginning to improve the way we do things. Skin spatula’s or scrubbers are all over the market right now, and for great reason. These amazing little devices use sound waves to clear your pores or sebum and dead cells, quickly and easily. Simply put, a metal head vibrates at such a high frequency that the gunk is literally wiggled out.
Of course, as with anything, there are various version of this device on the market. Some offer more features, and some are made with slightly lower quality components, and some are almost miraculous. I personally know this, as I have one and it has become an indispensable part of my routine. We LOVE this one! It has a special tank on the back that mists your face as you exfoliate, ensuring that your skin stays hydrated and smooth.
Exfoliation is a vital part of your skincare routine, but should not be overused. Once a week or every five days at the most is usually enough to leave you with glowing, beautiful skin. Physical exfoliates are the most common way to do this but do try chemical ones if you are able to. I personally LOVE the Hydrasonic device, and find it not only more effective than any other method but also much more fun to use.
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