For most people exfoliating often doesn't quite qualify as being that important. However, it's just as important as cleansing, toning and moisturising as there is so much to gain from doing so.
Exfoliation is the removal of dry/dead skin cells on the surface of the skin and is one of the most important aspects of a well-rounded skincare routine for face and body. A regular exfoliation habit not only clears away dry and dead skin, it also increases the skin’s radiance, clarity and youthfulness, which helps you to achieve healthy and glowing skin.
Here are ten benefits of introducing exfoliating into your skincare routine.
1. FADES POST-BREAKOUT BLEMISHES, RED AND DARK MARKS
After having acne on the skin there can sometimes be a dark mark left for a while. The best way to fade these dark marks is to exfoliate twice a week to remove those damaged skin cells and encourage new healthy skin tissue to grow through.
2. CLEARS CLOGGED PORES & PREVENTS ACNE
If you suffer from clogged pores, exfoliation helps to draw out congestion, otherwise known as blackheads and whiteheads. Most common areas for breakouts are the nose, chin and forehead. Exfoliating helps to unclog pores, therefore reducing acne.
3. COMBATS PIGMENTATION & EVENS SKIN TONE
Pigmentation is the dark areas that come from age, pregnancy and changes in your hormonal balance. These areas tend to become more apparent and darker as the skin ages. Exfoliation is beneficial for breaking up pigmented cells, encouraging them to fade and makes skin look more uniform over time.
4. HYDRATES DRY SKIN
If your skin is dry or dehydrated, you may find scaly or flaky areas which would benefit hugely from exfoliation. Once you have exfoliated an area of dry skin you can apply a moisturiser to the new skin cells.
5. REMOVES TAN
Exfoliating is a great way to get rid of a tan, or at least speed up the process. To get rid of a tan, you need dead skin cells to slough (shed) more quickly, and basically this is what exfoliating is.
7. HELPS OTHER SKINCARE PRODUCTS PENETRATE DEEPER
Since pores are unclogged and the surface of the skin is smoothed and rid of any dead or dry skin, your other skincare products are able to penetrate more deeply. Exfoliation helps serums, moisturisers,
creams penetrate deeper into the skin to work more effectively.
8. INCREASES CELL TURNOVER
Exfoliation also boosts the skin's radiance in another way. It helps cell turnover so the skin looks more glowing. This means that the skin keeps fresh, healthy cells at the surface, removing dead, dry, or dying ones.
9. STIMULATES COLLAGEN SYNTHESIS
Regular exfoliation helps to stimulate collagen synthesis to improve the skin's texture, integrity, and keep the skin looking plump, tight, and young. In this way, exfoliating actually offers anti-aging benefits, which might be why so many people swear that it helps lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
10. BOOSTS CIRCULATION AND LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE
When you exfoliate the body you are increasing the blood circulation thus stimulating oxygen-rich blood to feed and nourish the skin's surface and stimulating the lymphatic system for internal cleansing. This helps encourage new skin cells, breaks down fatty tissues, and breaks down and drains toxins from the skin.
We recommend exfoliating twice a week as part of a good home care regime – both the face and body.
While it’s important to remove dead skin it’s also important not to strip away too many of your body’s natural oils, so a good balance is essential. NATURE BATHING’s collection of all-natural gentle, non-abrasive exfoliating & moisturising Sugar Scrubs are formulated keeping this balance in mind.