Exfoliation refers to the removal of dead skin cells on the surface of the skin. Exfoliation can be done mechanically, using abrasive scrubs on the skin, or chemically, using scrubs that contain special types of acids that dissolve and remove dead skin cells without scrubbing.
Exfoliation can improve the appearance of your skin in a number of ways.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, exfoliation can leave your skin looking brighter and improve the effectiveness of topical skin care products by increasing absorption.
Long-term exfoliation can increase collagen production. Collagen is key to glowing, vibrant skin. Protein also promotes skin elasticity, minimizing the appearance of fine lines and sagging.
Improve the absorption of your skin care products.
There is no point in applying luxurious lotions and oils to skin that badly needs a scrub. The product will only stick to old skin cells and will simply sit on the surface of the skin, rather than being absorbed into the pores.
Exfoliation will remove these dead skin cells, so your pores are open and ready to receive the nutrients you feed them!
Speaking of open pores, because exfoliation removes dirt and debris from your pores, not only will you enjoy greater absorption from your skincare products, but you will also enjoy fewer breakouts. Amazing!
Smooths the tone and texture of the skin.
Exfoliation helps to smooth the skin and will even out uneven tone and will leave your skin with a soft texture like that of a baby.
Leaves your complexion radiant.
Last but definitely not least, regular exfoliation will promote a beautiful, radiant glow.
If done incorrectly, exfoliation can sometimes irritate the skin and can lead to transepidermal water loss. Limit your exfoliation routine to once a week - over-exfoliating can leave your skin dry, irritated, and damaged. Following up with a moisturizing oil or serum can help minimize irritation and retain moisture.
Take good care of your skin and put your best face forward!