Exfoliation, scrubbing, peeling and dermabrasion all have pretty much the same function: to remove your dead skin cells while stimulating the production of new and healthy skin cells. This can be achieved chemically via applying acids on the skin that dissolves these cells or it can be done mechanically by using a brush or a physical scrub.
If you have been in the clinic room with me, then the following phrase will sound pretty familiar to you: “to EXFOLIATE, EXFOLIATE, EXFOLIATE”. For me it is a vital step in everyones skin care routine and yes, your boyfriend or husband does count as everyone. But the thing is, what makes this so called ‘exfoliation process’ so necessary in your skin care regimen?
Let’s have a look at some of the key benefits of exfoliation:
- It allows your skin care products to penetrate much deeper into the skin
- It stimulates the production of your skin’s natural oils
- It improves the appearance of pigmentation
- It temporary decreasesyour pore size and improves your skin texture
- It reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as it boosts the collagen production in the skin.
- It inhibits the chance of infection in the skin as it purifies and cleanses your pores
- Gives you the glow that you desire
For as long as I have been in the skincare industry I have noticed that too many of you either pass over this major step or you just don’t do it properly. After the (unfortunatly) young age of 20 our skin processess begins to slow down tremendously – this means that your skin is struggling to slough away and remove the dead skin cells. Without exfoliating or scrubbing as some you know it, your healthy, glowy new cells are covered up by the not so healthy dead cells, causing you to have build up, poor product penetration and a dull complexion.
If you decide to exfoliate – which I hope you do – it is important that you do it correctly because if it is not done properly it can actually do more harm than good and since every type of exfoliation may not work for every skin, it’s important to consider your skin type before choosing an exfoliation method.
Below you will find a custom made table that I have compiled for all my fellow Rooters. Read it, memorize it and live by it:
|Dry or Sensitive||Mild chemical exfoliation||3x a week|
|Inflamed Acne||Rather refrain from using a physical exfoliation, consult with your dermatologist first as some exfoliations can worsen the condition||Consult your doctor|
|Oily||Strong chemical or mechanical peel||1-2x a week|
I hope that you will achieve the glow that you most definitely deserve.