Benefits Of Exfoliation
Revives the Appearance of Your Skin
Would you rather be remembered for your exceptionally radiant skin, or not remembered at all? Gee, we wonder…
Freshly exfoliated skin makes a statement by removing built-up dead, dry, hardened skin cells to reveal healthier, smoother, softer skin beneath.
With age comes slowed cell turnover, which means our skin becomes less efficient at desquamation (naturally shedding dead skin). Prepare yourself for a not-so-appetizing visual, but the term is from the Latin word descuamare, meaning “to scrape the scales off a fish.”
When we can’t naturally shed our skin, the buildup of dead, damaged cells makes the skin look dull, rough, patchy and less toned. In other words, bland. Think of pasta without sauce. Unappealing and plain. Your skin needs flavor, too!
Encourages Skin Cell Renewal
Exfoliation speeds up the cell renewal process, which means you’re on the fast track to brighter, glowier skin. By leaving the cell turnover process in natural hands, you risk poor skin barrier function, which can make the skin more susceptible to dehydration, irritants, allergens, bacteria, viruses, sensitisers and other environmental aggressors. But by grabbing that trusty dermaplane tool, physical scrub or chemical exfoliant, you can kick old and damaged cells to the curb, while stimulating new ones.
Promotes a Fresh Face
Envision a post-vacation glimmer, but year-’round. While it may be impossible to embody your carefree days as a 20-something, you absolutely have the ability to look fresh-faced on the reg.
When you make the move to exfoliate, you remove dead skin cells. This in turn can help unclog blocked pores, and lift trapped dirt, bacteria, surface debris and oil that causes blackheads, whiteheads and spots. In other words, your youth unlocked! (Ok, that’s a slight exaggeration… but you get the idea—it makes a big difference).
Exfoliating is particularly imperative for oily skin because oil acts like a glue holding dead skin cells in place, which contributes to clogged pores. Sloughing off dead, oily skin not only helps prevent blemishes, but can aid their healing and reduce mild hyperpigmentation by stimulating skin cell renewal. Those stubborn, dark, hyperpigmented spots are commonly caused by acne-related inflammation, as well as sun exposure and pregnancy-induced melasma.
Stimulates The Production Of Collagen
Unless you’re living under a rock, you’ve probably sipped on a collagen smoothie or even let some influencer, well, influence you to buy collagen supplements. But do you actually understand collagen’s importance?
Instagram gimmicks aside, collagen is actually extremely critical, especially as you age. It gives our skin strength and elasticity, and the older we get, we naturally produce less of it. Collagen loss results in lines, wrinkles and sagging skin.
So, does exfoliating help with wrinkles? Well, it’s been known to stimulate collagen synthesis which helps keep the skin firmer and luminous. While it doesn’t directly make wrinkles go away, it plays a role in a long line of what can help minimize their appearance.
Keeps Your Blood Flowing
It’s always important to keep your blood flow stimulated. This brings vital nutrients and oxygen to the skin, which helps improve its overall health and appearance.
Does your skin feel dry, despite globbing on your favorite moisturizer like it’s going out of business? Does your foundation appear cakey, despite succumbing to every TikTok tutorial you can fit into your lunch break? These are telltale signs it’s time to exfoliate.
Dead skin cells, dirt and grime all create a barrier on the skin’s surface, which makes it harder for skincare products to be absorbed. By sloughing off this barrier and unclogging pores, skincare products not only penetrate the skin more deeply, but makeup also sets more smoothly.
Helps Slip Toxins From the Skin
You can think of exfoliation as a massage for your face, in the sense that it can aid the body’s detoxification process by stimulating blood and lymph flow. But it’s a 2-for-1, because as a result of your detoxification, you’re improving the appearance and condition of your skin. It also saves you a few bucks at the smoothie shop.