Recent Post · November 29, 2021

Exfoliating Skin Care Products – Renewing And Caring For Your Skin

What Is Exfoliate?

Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells. Using chemical or exfoliating tools, you can remove unwanted skin.

Your skin will naturally shed dead skin cells to make room for new skin cells every 35 days or so. In some cases, the dead skin will not shed completely and this is where exfoliating skincare products will remove the unwanted skin.

 

How To Use Exfoliate

It is best to exfoliate 3-5 times per week, removing the dead skin makes way for new skin cells and this will make your skin much healthier looking without the dull look the skin would have if not exfoliating.

Exfoliating skincare products will allow moisturizers & serums to penetrate the skin & will also help the foundation to go on smoothly instead of sitting on flaky skin.

Different Ways Of Exfoliating The Skin

Chemical Exfoliation

Chemical exfoliation is known as chemical peeling. This method will remove the dead skin cells from the face, there is also exfoliate in scrubs which will also remove any dirt or old skin from the surface.

Waxing

Waxing is a way to remove hair out of the skin, this also acts as a mechanical exfoliate. Waxing can be done every 3-5 weeks, also waxing is not done as frequently as exfoliate and waxing is not a substitute for exfoliation of the skin.

Wet Shaving

Wet shaving is also a mechanical exfoliating properties. When shaving this will remove hair and dead skin also washers the face at the same time.

Wet shaving will remove dead skin and will exfoliate more effectively than an electric razor.

Physical Exfoliation

Physical exfoliation of the skin involves a granular scrub, when applied to the skin with physical scrubbing this will remove any dead skin build-up, leaving the skin buffed and smooth.

Disadvantages Of Exfoliating The Skin

According to dermatologists, when exfoliating weather manual or chemical exfoliation is not necessary as the dead skin will exfoliate naturally. Also with excessive artificial exfoliation can break the skin’s barrier and can lead to infection.

Different Types Of Exfoliating Brands

  • Acure – Formulated to lift away dead skin and buffs the skin giving a smoother radiant look.
  •  St Ives – St Ives has a few different types,  1/Radient skin, pink lemon, and mandarin orange scrub.2/Gentle       smoothing oatmeal scrub and mask. 3/Fresh skin apricot scrub. 4/Blemish control apricot scrub.
  • Radiant Results No 7 – Leaves skin feeling radiant and healthier in just 1 week.
  • The Body Shop-Sea Weed – Also this exfoliator will give your skin a fresh feel and look, seaweed scrub will extract dirt from your skin and will get rid of old flakey skin cells.
  • Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrub – Tree hut has a variety of scrubs and fragrances.
  • Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Exfoliating – Exfoliates and moisturizers and also has vitamin E.
  • Burt’s Bees Conditioning Lip Scrub – Gently exfoliates with honey crystals leaving lips feeling soft and nourished.
  • Paula’s Choice – Leave on skin-softening lotion will shed any built-up layers of dead skin to reveal smooth-looking skin.
  • Dove exfoliating body polish – Crushed macadamia and rice milk.

      Benefits Of Exfoliating

Gives your skin a natural glow and look, gets rid of dead flaky skin which helps stimulate blood flow ( circulation ), and gives the skin new life, look and feel.

Some Of The Popular Natural Exfoliants Include:

  • Baking soda
  • Finely ground sugar
  • Coffee grounds
  • Finely ground almonds
  • Oatmeal
  • Finely ground sea salt
  • Cinnamon

What Are Natural Exfoliants?

Exfoliants do not have to be expensive, some of the products you have at home will be all you need to exfoliate your skin.

Many of these items will have enough friction to remove any dead skin cells from the surface. You can also use and combine other products found in and around your kitchen such as:

Natural honey paste for facial/body scrub.

  • Green Tea
  • Honey
  • Essential Oils

 

These natural exfoliants are all physical exfoliants, by gently massaging them into your skin, the dead cells will slowly be exfoliated away.

Overview

Exfoliating is the process of removing dry, dead skin cells. This procedure will keep your skin in good condition, your skin will naturally over time shred dead skin to make way for new skin cells every 25-35 days.

At times old skin will not shred completely and can clog the pores. Regularly exfoliating can eliminate some of these causes. Always a good time to use a moisturizer on your skin after using an exfoliating scrub, this will penetrate deeper into the skin as your pores are open the most after having a hot shower/bath. This will lock in the moisturizer and help stop your skin from dehydrating while you sleep, and this will keep your skin hydrated and looking fresh after your sleep.

Skin Brush For Exfoliating

When it comes to using a skin brush, it also has similar exfoliating benefits as AHAs and also BHAs for removing unwanted skin cells.

Susan Massick MD who is a dermatologist professor at the university Wexner medical center, also recommends that only use skin brushes occasionally with a gentle wash and avoid using a skin brush if you have sensitive skin, there are a variety of skin brushes out there on the market to suit your skin needs.

Using A Clay Mask – Recommended for oily skin

Clay mask often helps extract toxins and oils that are trapped under the skin’s surface, also if you have oily skin then using a clay mask is a must-have.

Clay masks can have sulfur which is an ingredient that will break down old flaky skin cells that makeup blackheads. With a clay mask, you can use this treatment once a week over your exfoliating treatment.

woman applying a clay face mask

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recommendations – St Ives Fresh Skin Facial Scrub

I have used the St Ives facial scrub for a number of years and highly recommend this product. St Ives scrub is gentle on my skin and the granules are also gentle on the skin, leaving my skin smooth and feeling fresh and hydrated.

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