Exfoliation is the act of removing dead skin cells from the body. The most healthy method is with gentle regular exfoliation during your cleansing routine, immediately followed by the application of a moisturizer. You may use one of many tools such as a loofah, spa gloves, sugar or salt scrubs and more. This article is so much about how, but why and when you should exfoliate.
Why exfoliate. There are plenty of benefits to exfoliating your skin. First it increases blood circulation, bringing oxygen and nutrient rich blood to the surface. More oxygen and nutrients equals healthier skin and a more youthful look. Second, exfoliating also removes dull and raged dead skin cells, resulting in softer and smoother complexion. Combined with regular moisture, your skin will have a healthy glow.
Let's do an experiment. Immediately after brushing your teeth, brush your lips, then rinse and pat dry. You'll notice your lips are plump, soft, smooth and glowing. The skin on your face and body will have a similar effect.
When is the best time to exfoliate. You can exfoliate anytime of the day and night. However, there are times when it is better. Exfoliating at night can be healthier for those with sensitive skin. Removing dead skin can make your skin more susceptible to irritation. Bedtime exfoliation allows your skin the protection and warmth of pajamas and bed sheets. It also allows your skin time to rest and fully absorb the benefits of the moisturizer before meeting the fall and winter breeze. Second, you should only exfoliate if your skin is in a healthy state. If it is inflamed and broken, dead skin removal will only irritate it more. Last, start slow. Exfoliating once to twice a week, will allow your skin to get used to the abrasion. Slowly increase the frequency as you adjust to the abrasion. If you never increase the frequency, that's ok as well. Occasionally removing dead skin cells will make a big difference in the glow and health of your skin.
The most important thing you should remember is moisturize after you exfoliate. New healthy skin is exposed and vulnerable. Applying immediate moisture will help protect your skin from cracking and drying.
If you have any questions of whether exfoliating is right for you, consult a professional esthetician or your physician.