The Importance of Exfoliating Your Skin
What does exfoliating do? Why do I need to exfoliate… and how do I exfoliate my skin properly?
Those are just a few questions we receive when it comes to understanding exfoliants and the importance of exfoliating your skin.
At I LOVE, we love helping you to unleash the powers of your skincare routine. We want to help you get the most out of your bath and body care products. Exfoliating is important for all skin types, not just for treating dry skin. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about exfoliating.
What Does Exfoliating Do?
Simply put, exfoliating helps to keep your skin silky soft and smooth by buffing away and removing dead skin cells.
Your skin naturally sheds dead skin cells every 30 days or so. When this happens, new skin cells form the top layers of your skin. If those dead cells don’t shed, it can result in dull, dry and flaky patches.
Exfoliating is the process of helping to speed up that process by removing dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. You can exfoliate your skin by using a purpose-made chemical or granular exfoliating product or an exfoliation tool such as a pumice stone, exfoliating shower puff or an electric cleansing/exfoliating brush.
How Often Should You Exfoliate?
We recommend exfoliating your skin twice a week as part of your weekly skincare routine. Exfoliation is all about balance – whilst it’s important to buff away dead skin cells you also want to take care not to strip away too many of your skin’s natural oils.
By maintaining a twice-weekly exfoliating regime, you can keep dry, dull skin at bay without stripping away those necessary natural oils.
How to Exfoliate Your Skin?
When exfoliating, it’s important to be gentle on your skin. Being too harsh can be drying and could lead to microtears Exfoliating scrubs and creams are best used on damp skin so lather up and exfoliate your skin during your morning shower or night-time bath.
Whether you’re using an exfoliating scrub or an exfoliating body puff or brush, make small, circular motions over the area you want to exfoliate. Exfoliate each area for 20-30 seconds then rinse off with warm water. After exfoliating, apply a nourishing body moisturiser to help keep your skin glowing.
We advise exfoliating twice a week to make sure you remove dry, dull skin without disrupting your skins production of natural oils.
Avoid exfoliating if you have any cuts, open wounds or sunburn on your skin, to not further irritate your skin.
What are the Benefits of Exfoliating?
Exfoliation not only rids your face and body of dead skin, it also helps with other skincare imperfections and improve the effectiveness of your regular skincare routine so you can benefit from healthy, glowing skin.
The top benefits of regular exfoliation include:
Minimize Blemished Skin and Breakouts
If you have acne-prone or blemished skin, a good exfoliating routine could be just what you need. If you fall victim to break-outs, exfoliating can help unclog pores to minimize the formation of whiteheads and blackheads.
If you suffer with acne or break-outs, you might think exfoliating isn’t for you. However, a gentle exfoliating regime can help breakdown bacteria and speed up the production of new skin cells.
When exfoliating, take extra care not to scrub your face or body too hard and make sure you aren’t using a harsh exfoliant. Otherwise, you may find your skin becomes too dried out which can result in the production of excess sebum and so… the cycle of blemishes begins.
Instead, opt for a gentle exfoliant, stick to the two-day a week routine and use a light moisturiser to rehydrate your skin after exfoliating.
Improve Skin Hydration and Moisture Levels
If you’re guilty of neglecting to exfoliate your skin, it’s likely that your skin is also suffering from dehydration. As layers of dead skin cells build it, it can be harder for your skin to absorb the hydrating moisturisers you apply.
By regularly exfoliating you will be able to buff away those dead skin cells to remove dry, flaky skin. Follow up by applying a moisturiser to the new skin cells to help improve moisture absorption and reap the benefits of healthy, hydrated skin.
Challenge Your Skin's Ageing Process
As you get older, your skin will age. You may notice darker pigmentation spots, reduced elasticity and rough patches on your skin.
Exfoliating is beneficial for breaking up these pigmented cells and removing build-up of dry skin to help retain your skins healthy glow and smooth, soft texture as you mature. With a regular exfoliating and moisturising regime, you will soon notice your complexion transform from dull and dry to soft and glowing.
Stimulate Blood Flow
Did you know exfoliating your skin increases blood circulation? The motion of exfoliating stimulates blood flow which in turn helps flush out toxins.
Exfoliating your skin is one of the best ways to stimulate blood flow and lymph drainage. This improved blood circulation minimizes the appearance of cellulite, improves skin elasticity and will enhance your all over body glow and radiance.
Prepare Your Skin for Tanning (real or fake!)
Whether you’re planning on fake tanning or soaking up the rays in the sunshine, exfoliating is an important pre-tanning step.
Removing dead skin cells by exfoliating makes sure you have a smooth, even skin surface ready for applying fake tan. This will help your tan look it’s absolute best and prevent it from going patchy.
Similarly, exfoliating before tanning in the sun will help your tan last longer and look more even by removing dry skin.
If you plan to exfoliate before tanning, make sure you use a moisturiser after exfoliating and use a sun protecting moisturiser when tanning to keep your body hydrated and protected.
By following these simple steps, you will be one step closer to having silky-soft and radiant skin all year round.