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One of the secrets to keeping your skin looking youthful and glowing is all in your exfoliator! The benefits of exfoliating will make you wonder why you haven’t been exfoliating all this time.
If your skin is looking dull, or you have been dealing with hyperpigmentation, lines or uneven skin tones, you’ll want to start exfoliating. There are many steps we need to take in order to sustain clear skin. While exfoliating is not the one and only step, it is certainly an essential step for those of us who want to prevent our skin from breaking out, and for those of us who want to minimize skin damage. And exfoliating regularly, not daily but regularly, will greatly improve your skin. Here’s how.
What does it mean to exfoliate skin?
Before we jump into how to exfoliate your skin, we want to clarify a few things. Exfoliating is the act of removing dead skin cells from the surface of the skin to make room for new skin cells. Men and women have been exfoliating their skin since ancient times, and can be traced back to ancient China and ancient Egypt. Exfoliating is a gentle abrasive, but as you might have guessed, you don’t want to remove skin cells every single day. However, as we age our skin cells regenerate at a much slower pace, and the more external assistance it might need to stay looking youthful and even.
What are the benefits of exfoliating?
As we mentioned earlier, the most obvious benefits of exfoliating your skin are removing dead skin cells, evening out skin tones and making your skin glow. But there’s a lot more to it than that.
Clears Away Acne Marks and Can Prevent Acne
Exfoliating regularly will help unclog pores. Clogged pores almost always lead to breakouts, blackheads and acne. It’s best to exfoliate when the skin isn’t irritated, or hasn’t recently flared up. When we exfoliate on sensitive skin it is very likely to irritate the sensitive areas. Exfoliating regularly before we break out, or after the skin has recovered from a flare up, can prevent our skin from continuously breaking out.
Exfoliating Helps Your Other Skin Care Products Work More Effectively
Again, exfoliating isn’t a daily process, but should be done every 2-3 days depending on your skin type and skin condition. When we exfoliate, we clear away oil, dead skin cells and clean those pores. This helps your cleansers and moisturizers penetrate deeper into the skin to hydrate and cleanse the skin more effectively.
Improves Circulation and Stimulates Collagen Synthesis
Exfoliating tools and products massage the skin, encouraging circulation to the skin. Improved circulation will further support even skin tones and prevent the skin from drying out or forming premature aging lines. Furthermore, incorporating exfoliating products into your routine promotes collagen synthesis. Collagen is a naturally occurring protein in our body that helps our skin stay firm and supple. As we age, we start producing less and less collagen which is why the skin starts to sag and wrinkle. Exfoliating will help delay signs of aging by keeping the skin more firm and can prevent premature fine lines from forming.
Types of Exfoliators
There are typically three types of exfoliators. There are physical scrubs which include sugars, salts, coffee grounds, but can be fairly too abrasive for many skin types. There are chemical exfoliators which use different types of gentle naturally occurring acids like Beta-Hydroxy acids or Alpha-hydroxy acids. And the third type is enzymatic exfoliation which usually use enzymes from fruit like papaya or pineapple to naturally exfoliate the skin.
No matter your skin type, exfoliating is an important step in one’s skin care routine if we want our skin to look its best. Opt for gentle exfoliators like Vonetta Cosmetics’ Strawberry Pumice Scrub which will gently remove the dead skin cells that are preventing your skin tone from looking even and glowing. Other supportive ingredients like Aloe Vera, White Oak Bark and Yucca Extracts in the strawberry pumice scrub, will strengthen the skin, clear away scars and skin problems, but will also hydrate the skin so that your skin doesn’t feel dry and irritated after a gentle scrub.
Have any questions about exfoliating your skin? Reach out to us, we’d love to offer our support any way we can!