Exfoliating can fall into the realm of the kind of thing women know they should do, but they’re not entirely sure why.
The actual process is to remove the layer of dead skin cells from the top of your face, which will encourage those lower down to replenish and so help skin look fresher. Skin turns over constantly, but sometimes a little help is needed to shift the dead skin cells from the surface. If they are left they can make the complexion look dull, tired and dry, while revealing the younger cells below results in a more radiant and youthful glow.
It’s also beneficial when it comes to your skincare regime as no matter how many products you use or techniques you try, if there is a barrier of dead skin in place then they won’t help. It needs to be removed so products can penetrate the skin’s surface and reach live cells. Plus, dead cells stop skin breathing properly and can cause spots and blocked pores.
Usually women should aim to exfoliate two or three times a week, making sure to take in the face, neck and chest area. If your skin is sensitive you may need to do it a little less to avoid irritation or cause any dryness.
There are two different types of exfoliation; chemical and manual. The first involves using an active ingredient like Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) to burn off the skin cells, while the second is less intensive and can be done at home.
To get started we’d suggest trying one of the many products available in drug stores at home, but make sure you know your ingredients first. Salt and sugar might be included in many versions but they can be irritating to sensitive skinned ladies, while almond and apricot particles can scratch the face.
Those with normal skin should look for a scrub boasting papaya and pineapple enzymes. Dry skinned women will need extra almond oil in their product while those who suffer from oiliness or spots should hunt for salicylic acid on the ingredients list to help with clogged pores.
Bobbi Brown Buffing Grains can be mixed with your cleanser to help boost skin’s radiance, meaning you can choose the level of exfoliation you want. Sisley’s Gentle Facial Buffing Cream includes camomile to help soothe the face and works well for even those with sensitive skin, while for those looking for an intensive treatment there is REN’s Micro Polish Cleanser. This cleanses as it exfoliates and helps battle fine lines and problem pores, but isn’t recommended for those who have sensitive skin. Those after something gentler can go for REN’s Rosa Centifolia Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser.
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