Exfoliation is a critical step in your skincare regimen.
Exfoliation refers to the removal of the dead skin cells on the skin’s surface. Shedding skin cells and making new skin cells slows down as we age. If the dead skin cells are cleared away, our skin can look dull, rough and dry. Build up of dead skin cells can also clog our pores and trap excess oil or sebum. Exfoliation will help clear the path for skincare products to penetrate into the skin. Get into a regular exfoliating routine to help make your skin look fresh and healthy.
A physical exfoliation is a grain-textured substance that you can use to manually remove surface debris. Think of it as a skin polisher. Exfoliation can be performed mechanically, by using scrubs, brushes or exfoliating cloths on the skin.
Chemical exfoliants use ingredients as glycolic acid or alpha hydroxy acid that help dissolve and remove the dead skin cells without scrubbing. The exfoliating acids work by breaking down the sugars in the skin, which then causes the cells of the epidermis to loosen and slough off. These types of cleansers can dive deeply into pores, loosening the clogs and leaving behind a refreshed appearance, while also helping to fight off bacteria that can cause acne.
When you're exfoliating your skin, you're effectively unclogging your pores. Dead skin can clog the pores, so when sebaceous glands produce oil, it gets stuck under the dry skin. This causes breakouts because the oil has nowhere to go. Getting rid of that dead/dry skin and other surface debris, will prevent stoppages in the form of whiteheads and blackheads.
A physical or chemical exfoliator will unclog your pores.
Exfoliation Helps Skincare absorb in your skin
Clogged pores can hinder your skincare (serums, moisturizers, oils, and creams) from working its magic under the skin and penetrate more deeply. Exfoliating your skin will help unclog your pores so your skincare is able to penetrate deeper into the skin and work more effectively. Both physical and chemical exfoliation will be effective.
Exfoliation Helps Evens Skin Tone
Dark spots, hyperpigmentation, rough texture and acne scars can be hard to treat. Exfoliating helps to break down dry/dead skin while smoothing your skin’s texture. Your skin will have a more even skin tone over time. Also, when a surface is smooth -- the light reflects off and your skin tone appears even due to the brightening of the skin.