Exfoliating is definitely one of my addictions. There’s just something about having silky soft and smooth skin! Not to mention that radiant glow. As much as I love exfoliating, working in the beauty industry I constantly notice that it isn’t something the world is clued up on. We’ve always been told that to stay clean and clear we need to wash our skin but what about the build up of dead skin cells?
This blog post is all about what you didn’t know about exfoliating!
A build up of dead skin cells causes:
- skin to appear dull
- moisture doesn’t penetrate into the skin as well
- blocked pores
- enlarged pores
- dry patches
- Your skin exfoliates naturally –just like snakes and other reptiles, we shed our skin. Maybe not in exactly the same way, but every 25 days or so your skin will renew itself on its own. NOTE: with age this process slows down, resulting in your skin having a duller complexion and possibly more pigmentation.
- Perfect time? Morning. – at night your skin heals and renews itself overnight, therefore exfoliating in the morning will be more beneficial.
- How Often? – listen to your skin. If you have a combination to oily skin, your skin naturally exfoliating itself will happen more often. Therefore exfoliate 1-2 times a week. If you have dryer skin; 2-3 times a week will be more efficient.
- Don’t over scrub – be cautious of how abrasive your exfoliator is. Always use rounded granules to prevent damaging the skin.
- Hair Removal – waxing your face or any other part of your body will also take off dead skin cells. Don’t exfoliate right before or after waxing to prevent irritation.
Benefits of regular exfoliating:
- removes dead skin cells
- reduces fine lines and wrinkles
- reduces skin discolouration and pigmentation
- creates natural radiance
- assists any other products to work better on the skin
- increases blood circulation
Now here’s where it may get a bit tricky…there’s just so many options to choose from! You can go the DIY route of making something at home, you can go for the brands, you can go chemical, manual, electronic…how do you choose?
Manual and chemical exfoliators should be used once or twice a week. These are generally products such as a chemical peel, or scrubs made from granules and are more abrasive. Electronic exfoliators or any hand held exfoliators like a shower puff or lumi spa can be used everyday, they’re made for very gentle and daily use.
For a DIY scrub go check out my last blog post: For the love of Olive Oil
Naturally I have a few methods of exfoliating as it is a guilty pleasure of mine. For my skin I love to use my DIY olive oil scrub, or Buffy from Lush cosmetics (see pic below). Its a solid cocoa butter with ground almonds to give your skin a good polish while you’re in the shower. On my face twice a week I use the same olive oil scrub as I do on my body after cleansing, this leaves my skin smooth and hydrated.
I hope you enjoyed these tips and tricks! Try them out for this weekend coming and enjoy your renewed, soft and radiant skin!
Love Sarah x