Spring cleaning isn’t just for the dust bunnies in the corners of our home. Nope, we actually need to do the same for our skin. The most important step in our skin care routine that leads to a more youthful, bright and radiant appearance is…are you ready for it…(cue dramatic music) exfoliation!
So, WHY is exfoliation important?
I would like you to consider two things first. One, our skin is the largest organ of our body. Two, the skin is also one of the most delicate organs of our body. Now, think about this…we don’t walk around with a body of armor on our skin protecting it from all of the harsh elements of the environment such as: pollution, sun, wind, chemicals, diet, perfumes, etc…How you care for your skin not only greatly affects what it looks like now, but how it looks in the future as well. Wow, ponder that for a minute.
There are many excellent benefits to exfoliation, which with consistency will lead to gorgeous skin, graceful aging and a healthy, youthful complexion!
Exfoliating the tired, dead skin cells speeds up the skin renewal process, allowing new healthy cells to take their place. The reflection in the mirror will show improved skin tone & skin texture. This process turns our complexion from dull and dry to bright, vibrant and smooth, giving off that gorgeous glow. Hello beautiful!
Exfoliating unclogs pores keeping them clean, in turn preventing pimples while eliminating those pesky blackheads. Dead skin cells and oils can get trapped under the skin causing breakouts. Weekly exfoliation helps to keep those annoying skin blemishes far, far away.
It’s normal, our skin’s natural ability to shed dead skin cells slows down with every birthday. Regular exfoliation reduces fine lines and wrinkles while making your skin so much softer for that healthy, youthful appearance. Why? Because the buildup of dead, dull skin cells makes fine lines & wrinkles stand out even more. Exfoliating is an easy solution!
There are three ways to exfoliate: enzyme, chemical & manual. I am not big on chemical peels, laser treatments, harsh scrubs, etc., manual is definitely my first choice. There’s just something about putting the word(s) chemical and face in the same sentience, know what I mean?! My fave? The MARCO E by Rodan + Fields, the Drs. who created ProActiv!
Skin products actually work better without a barrier of dead skin cells blocking the absorption process. Makes total sense. In addition to the skin products working better, the result is a nice, smooth, soft & clean canvas.
Remember ya’ll, exfoliation is not supposed to hurt! Gentle is great! Just as exfoliation can be a wonderful benefit to our skin, over exfoliation can result in dryness, irritation & skin sensitivity. Our face is not a board to be sanded. Finding that sweet spot is essential.