Here’s a little fun fact for you. Do you know that, on average, our skin shed dead skin cells every 28 days? This is to make room for new skin cells to generate. While these dead skin cells should shed naturally, some of them may appear in the form of dry patches or clogged pores, resulting in a number of skin issues such as the buildup of acne, blackheads, and whiteheads. As such, in order to prevent dead skin cells from accumulating on the surface of your skin, it’s important to exfoliate every once or twice a week. In this article, we look into the benefits of exfoliation, and how it is an essential step to achieving healthy and radiant skin.
Types of Exfoliation
Before we get into the benefits of exfoliating the skin, let’s talk about the different types of exfoliation available in the market. Generally, there are two common forms of exfoliation: Physical and Chemical. Physical exfoliation requires you to use a product containing small particles or granules, and physically rub it on your skin to buff away the dead skin cells. These products can be coffee and sugar scrubs, microdermabrasion treatments, and even a washcloth. If you’re looking to physically exfoliate your skin, our Montana Mud Scrub provides all-natural ingredients and can be substituted for soaps as well.
Chemical exfoliation, on the other hand, involves using four main types of acids: Glycolic (AHA), Lactic (AHA), Salicylic (BHA), and Fruit Enzymes. Don’t be afraid of the word ‘acid’ as chemical exfoliants are formulated to be extremely gentle on the skin, using a ‘glue’ to adhere itself to dead skin cells. All you need to do is wait for around 10 minutes and wash it off.
Benefits of Exfoliating the Skin
There are many benefits of exfoliation that make it an absolute must to be incorporated into every woman’s skincare regime. Listed below are some of the more prominent reasons exfoliation is the secret to beautiful skin:
- Unclogs Pores
If you do not exfoliate your skin on a regular basis, you’re allowing dead skin cells to settle on the surface of your skin, which will eventually get trapped inside the pores. This creates a suitable environment for bacteria to grow, leading to acne breakouts, blackheads, and whiteheads to appear. Since exfoliation lifts away dead skin cells and unclogs pores, you’re preventing bacteria from accumulating.
- Promotes Brighter Face
Dead skin cells can cause your skin to look dull and tired. The skin may even feel thick to the touch, exacerbating the appearance of wrinkles. By exfoliating well, your skin will look brighter and fresher, alongside having a smoother texture that’s soft and supple.
- Makes Skincare More Effective
One of the best benefits of exfoliation is its ability to allow other skincare products to penetrate more deeply into the skin. As exfoliation takes place during the cleaning process, your skin no longer has the layer of dead skin cells sitting on the surface of your skin. This allows the skin care products such as serums and moisturizers, which normally contain active ingredients, to better absorb into your skin. Therefore, the effects will be maximized, and you can achieve your desired skin condition easily.