7 Benefits of Exfoliating Skin: How To Exfoliate Face & Body
Monday, 17 August 2020 | Nicola Wood & Ken Shaw
7 Benefits of Exfoliating: Find Out How To Exfoliate
When you reach a certain age, your once-enviable glow is reduced to a mere glint and your face starts to resemble a road map of Marseille. Hey, it happens to us all.
If you've tried every "miracle fix" on the market with zero results, it's time to give exfoliation a shot. What are the benefits of exfoliating the skin? Discover 7 ways and prepare to be wowed.
WHAT IS EXFOLIATION?
It is a practice that removes dead skin cells from the outer layer of your skin (the epidermis) on your face and/or body. You can use a beauty tool such as a loofah or mitt plus a grainy scrub or soap.
WHAT ARE THE SKIN BENEFITS OF EXFOLIATING?
If your skin is looking lacklustre, it could benefit from a little buffing. Read on, my flaky friends, because exfoliation...
#1. Reduces the Appearance of Wrinkles
Laughter lines are inevitable, but when they've gone past the point of being funny, you ought to get scrubbing. It's important though, that you use a gentle, natural type of exfoliant that pampers as it gets to work. Your visage is extremely delicate; you risk tearing the skin's layers if you go at it like you're grating cheese.
#2. Improves Skin Tone and Texture
Whether you have dry bits, pigmented bits or blotchy bits; exfoliation can help. Sloughing away old skin cells and allowing fresh ones to peep through gives your complexion a new lease of life. Skin exfoliation benefits and improves texture and tone for a softer, smoother look and feel.
#3. Gives Your Pores a Deep Clean
Exfoliation for acne-prone skin is a great skin care hack. Exfoliating products or the grains of an exfoliating soap help on multiple levels. Unclogging your pores will make them clearer (Buh-bye, blackheads!).
Your skin will feel smoother (Take that, acne scars!). Plus, your complexion will be less prone to blemishes (Makeup? Don't know her).
#4. Stimulates Skin Cell Renewal
While it's not possible to turn back the clock, you can reignite your radiance without a trip to the fabled Fountain of Youth. The solution is... you guessed it: exfoliation, which actively promotes skin cell turnover for brighter, clearer, younger-looking skin.
#5. Boosts Your Circulation
Regular exfoliation benefits skin all year round, but it's especially helpful during the winter months. Cold weather and central heating can dry out your skin and make it look dull. Scrub well to improve blood flow and lymphatic drainage to revitalise your skin.
#6. Makes Your Lotions and Potions Work Harder
There's little point splurging on fancy face creams and skincare products if they're just going to sit on your skin; ingredients only work if they can get deep down. By exfoliating your skin and removing the outermost layer of dead skin cells, your lotions are better able to penetrate the dermis layers beneath.
#7. Is a Natural Way to Healthier Skin.
Many beauty buffs know that chemicals are a big nope. Chemical exfoliants are harsh for some skin types and can make skin complaints worse.
Our natural exfoliating soaps contain seeds, grains or flowers for a scrubby sensation. We also have a range of eco-friendly, plastic-free, biodegradable *takes a deep breath* sustainably sourced exfoliating tools. From brushes to loofahs to mitts to... those strap thingies you scrub your back with; you'll find an eco way to achieve glowing skin.
HOW TO EXFOLIATE AND WHAT TO USE
You can exfoliate your face and body, so long as you remember to go gently and not do it too often; 2-3 times per week is plenty, but it depends on your skin type. For the benefits of exfoliating your face, choose natural exfoliating soaps that care for your skin as they blitz the bad stuff. For your body, a natural loofah or brush will help you get your glow on.
Use a body scrub in the shower when you're in a hurry, but if you have time, dry-brush your legs before you hop in the bath. Brush in a circular motion, up towards your heart, and get that blood flowing. Make it part of your routine and you can ditch the 60 denier tights to show off your perfect pins!
BONUS TIP: WHAT NOT TO EXFOLIATE WITH
Scrubbing is incredibly satisfying, but do try not to get carried away. Hedgehogs, cacti, matchboxes, sandpaper and Hugh Jackman's beard may all have a covetable coarseness but they'll leave your skin more raw than radiant.
Do you exfoliate as part of your skincare routine? What are your favourite methods? Has your skin improved since using our products? We'd love to know.
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