Exfoliation is a very important step in taking care of your skin and it’s often skipped. Let’s talk about why exfoliating is so important and how to do it!
Step into my science class for just a minute and learn why exfoliation is necessary. The part of skin, called the Epidermis, is made up of 5 layers. Skin cells are produced in the bottom layer. When skin cells are brand new they are plump and beautiful. As they work their way up through the layers of skin they start to flatten out. By the time they get to the top layer, which is what we see on the outside, the skin cells are dead, completely flat and dull. See the diagram to the right.
Without exfoliating these dead skin cells off, they just hang around like your dirty laundry that doesn’t ever go away on its own. They will get comfortable in any open pore, nestle themselves in there and cause blackheads and break outs. They give you that “texture” and an over all dull look. They cause your foundation to crease and settle in places you don’t want. They also give you an uneven complexion. Yeah, we all hate those yucky dead skin cells!!
Why do we exfoliate? To get all those dead, dull skin cells off our face! Exfoliation gets off the dead skin to reveal brighter, more glowing skin. Exfoliating will also help prevent break outs and give you a more even complexion. It keeps your skin smooth, which is a better surface for applying make-up. A traditional exfoliation will get off the loose dead skin cells and as much as the top layer. Something more aggressive like microdermabrasion or an acid peel will get off the top 2-4 layers of skin.
Just to be completely clear, a Clarisonic is not a replacement for exfoliating. If you use a Clarisonic, you also need to exfoliate.
How to exfoliate? Exfoliating is a very easy step to add to your skin care routine. I exfoliate every other day (3x a week). I do it in the shower right after I cleanse. Gently massage the exfoliant in a circular motion for 60 seconds all over face, avoiding eye area, then rinse off. Get out off the shower and apply moisturizer. You can of course exfoliate standing in the bathroom and rinse off in the sink. I find it easier and cleaner to do it in the shower.
What to use to exfoliate? I currently use Lush Ocean Salt Scrub. Love it! It works on all skin types, so anyone can use it. You can also use some organic sugar and rub it on a wet face. There are many exfoliators for all different skin needs.
The important thing is to start exfoliating!!