Summer Skin Essentials: Exfoliation
What is exfoliation? A natural bodily process, shedding dry, old, hardened skins cells releases new cells, allowing fresh, vibrant skin to the surface. Not removing dead skin cells means that your skin will become less absorbent and unreceptive to products you apply, and can often lead to dryness and irritation. Oily skin is especially susceptible, slowing exfoliation as the oils act as a glue to hold the cells to the surface. This can contribute to clogged follicles, leading to the build-up of acne bacteria which stimulates the production of breakouts. Why is it important? One of the most essential features of a skincare routine that encourages youthful, glowing, healthy skin is proper exfoliation. The older we become, the slower our skin cells regenerate, meaning that old cells will stick around a lot longer. If allowed to build up too far, it can make our skin appear dull, rough, dry and wrinkled. Dead cells are also one of the most common culprits for blocked pores, which can lead to acne, blemishes and an oily complexion. Dead skin cells will stop your products from penetrating the skin effectively, stopping them close to the surface. If you're wondering why your new serum isn't producing the results you were after, it might be a simple case of increasing your exfoliation! Regular exfoliation will increase blood flow and circulation to your skin, which promotes a healthy, glowing look, as well as many other health benefits! And for all the fake tanners out there, regular exfoliation before applying tan will give you a longer lasting and more even summer glow, without any additional aftercare. Exfoliation tips and tricks to get your skin summer ready:
- Exfoliating once to twice a week will usually ensure a regular turnover of skin cells
- Always adequately moisturise afterwards to help restore the skin's natural oils
- Avoid abrasive ingredients such as nutshells, fruit seeds or harsh chemicals. These will damage your skin further and accelerate ageing
- Never scrub hard and always let the product do the work, lest you irritate your skin
- If your product's instructions advise rubbing the exfoliant in your hards first, always do so - this is ensuring that the particles have no rough edges, and won't cause damage
- If you have sensitive skin, avoid any harsh chemicals or ingredients. Try to find an enzyme based exfoliate that will gently break down cells without any physical particles.