Leaving 2017 behind us, its time to address the benefits of having a healthy skin care routine. Many of us have mastered a basic skin routine of cleansing and moisturising, but the stage that is often forgotten is exfoliation.
So, What is exfoliation?
Exfoliation refers to the process of removing dead skin cells from the skin’s surface. By doing so regularly, newer, fresher cells are left on the surface, resulting in smoother and softer skin. Exfoliation also helps to rejuvenate and revitalise the skin, especially throughout the winter months. Less exposure to the sun can leave your skin looking lifeless and dull, but by having a good skin care routine in place, you can have glowing, healthy-looking skin all year round.
The importance and benefits of exfoliation:
A quality of young skin is its ability to effortlessly eliminate dead skin cells as they reach the skin’s surface. This keeps young complexions looking fresh and smooth. As we mature, the process of sloughing off dead skin cells slows down, allowing them to accumulate on the skin's surface, resulting in a dull, dry and more aged appearance. By routinely and gently exfoliating your skin, using good quality natural and wildcrafted products, you can remove the build-up of dead skin cells, which will improve circulation and stimulate new cell growth for a fresher look, and facilitate the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the skin. In addition, beneficial nutrients contained in your skincare products are more efficiently absorbed into the tissues. So several times a week, before applying your serum and facial oil moisturiser, ensure you exfoliate properly so your skin absorbs all of the antioxidant and nourishing benefits.
The Do’s and Don’ts for Exfoliating your Face and Body
Don’t Over Exfoliate
It's important not to over exfoliate your face and body. Over exfoliation will seldom leave any lasting damaging effects on skin, but it can leave your skin feeling sore and irritated. The recommended amount of times to exfoliate a week is 1-2, depending on your skin type. So stick to this, and if irritation should occur, be sure to apply lots of your natural facial oil moisturiser and avoid exfoliation for a while.
Exfoliate your whole body
Make sure you don’t miss any areas of your body, even your lips! Don't stop after your face, exfoliate all your body to remove those dead skin cells that have been building up. Key areas to remember are your elbows, ankles, knees and your heels, as you will find dry skin builds up really quick in these areas.
Don’t go out in the sun immediately after exfoliating
When exfoliating your face and body, a fresh layer of skin will be left directly on the surface. This will make your skin more sensitive to the suns UV rays and make you more likely to burn. Therefore if you find yourself heading out into the sun, make sure you’re wearing a higher factor of SPF.
So, as we head into 2018 we hope we’ve helped you better understand the benefits of exfoliation and a healthy and consistent skin care routine; and if you aren’t already, then begin exfoliating! Your skin will thank you for it.