Your skin naturally sheds dead skin cells to make room for new cells every 30 days or so.
Sometimes, dead cells don’t shed completely. This can result in dry, flaky patches and clogged pores. Exfoliating, the process of removing dead skin cells from the surface of your skin using a granular substance, or exfoliation tool can help prevent this.
Exfoliating can improve the appearance of your skin in several ways.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, exfoliation can even out your skin tone and improve the effectiveness of topical skin care products by enhancing absorption.
Regular exfoliation can also help prevent clogged pores, resulting in fewer breakouts.
Long-term exfoliating can increase collagen production. Collagen is key to glowing, vibrant skin. The protein also promotes skin elasticity, minimizing the appearance of fine lines and related sagging.
Choosing the right exfoliating technique for your skin type will minimize your risk of irritation and help you achieve the best possible result.
Here are a few abrasive materials and products to choose from for manual exfoliation, including:
Cleansing Dead Sea Salt + Himalayan Pink Salt Body Scrub (best for oily to combination skin)
Cleansing Sugar (Options available: Coffee - Papaya - Jasmine - Vanilla) scrub
(best for sensitive skin + all skin types)
Exfoliating body loofahs (best daily body exfoliate)
Lip Polish/Scrub ( an excellent addition to your daily face care routine for a soft & buttery lips)
Exfoliating facial loofahs (best daily facial exfoliate)
Luna charcoal facial scrub
How to choose products
There are scrubs for your face, body, and feet. You can also find options for different skin types. Here are some things to keep in mind when selecting a product:
Check the scope. You should never use a scrub meant for your body on your face. Body scrubs are generally harsher and may tear delicate facial tissue.
Use one product at a time. Although it may be tempting to buy a full set of a products, you shouldn’t use more than one exfoliant at a time. Using multiple exfoliating products on the same area of skin can damage the skin and result in unwanted side effects.
Switch products out. You may need to cycle through different products as your skin care needs change. For example: If your skin has become oily, consider using a product with charcoal.
When should I exfoliate? It all comes down to personal preference and your daily routine.
For example, if you find your skin looks dull in the morning, exfoliating before you start your day may be beneficial. On the other hand, exfoliating at night can help remove any lingering makeup or other debris.
If you use a medicated product for a skin condition, you should space out the time between that product and exfoliating.
Avoid exfoliating if you have cuts or open sores on your skin.
You may contact me any time during business hours and I will happily walk you through your options and help you develop a skin care routine suited for your individual goals and lifestyle.
Love & light,