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You’ve probably heard that you should exfoliate, but learning why will explain why it’s so good for you. Taking good care of your skin means that you can add years of “looking younger”. As you age, looking younger (by at least ten years) can add to your self-esteem and keep you looking marvelous. This is the number one reason!
Another bonus is that every skin type and skin condition should exfoliate for healthy skin.
Why? Because every 28-45 days skin cells die and compact on the top of our skin. Exfoliation removes the dead cells, allowing the pores to absorb nutrients. The process will refine the top layers of skin, making pores appear smaller. Another added treat is that it increases the oxygen and circulation in the skin. This gives the skin a healthy, radiant glow.
The bonus to treating your skin well is that healthy skin will perform better. By removing the dead layers that are compacted on top of the skin, you essentially allow the skin to “breathe” better. This process will also make your serums and moisturizers last longer (because you are not applying to dead, flaky skin, which does not absorb).
Exfoliants can come in 3 forms – Chemical, Physical or a Combination.
A chemical exfoliant is like glycolic or lactic acid. Other chemical exfoliants include enzymes.
Enzymes exfoliate (chemical) by working to eat the dead skin and there are numerous types. Enzyme types may include papaya, bromelain, malic, blueberry or pumpkin. Enzymes are typically from fruit extracts.
Physical exfoliants are scrubs from pumice, walnut shells, sand, man-made beads (not eco-friendly) or salt.
A great example of a combination scrub is the Raspberry scrub from SkinScriptRx. This has ellagic acid, jojoba beads and blue corn meal to provide mild physical exfoliation. The formula mixes chemical and physical exfoliation.
Lastly, always apply an SPF of 30 or higher. It’s the secret to beautiful, flawless skin.