5 Advantages of Exfoliating Your Skin

Does your daily shower routine include opportunities to truly exfoliate? If not, you may be missing out on an important opportunity to revitalize and cleanse your skin to help strengthen and renew it.

What Does Exfoliation Do?

An estimated 30,000 – 40,000 skin cells die each minute on the surface of your skin – some remaining loose or building up, others falling off – that’s close to 500 million each day! Exfoliation plays an important role in helping to scrub away these dead skin cells, improving texture and tone of skin as well as keeping it healthy and clean.

How Can I Exfoliate?

There are two primary ways to exfoliate – either with physical means or chemical applications. Physical exfoliation typically involves a deep massage and rubbing of an exfoliating tool like a back scrubber, cloth, or exfoliating gloves. Refer to this site for the best back scrubbers. Topical aids like sugar scrubs or apricot scrubs provide a rough granular based ointment with which to rub on the face to slough away dead, damaged, and loose skin cells. Added ingredients like lavender help to soothe and calm skin after exfoliation.

Chemical exfoliation on the other hand is typically administered by a trained anesthetist and involves the application of an acidic mixture that breaks down the outer matrix layer of skin cells, allowing the dead and damaged ones to be eliminated as well as other impurities, dirt, etc. on the skin.

What Are the Advantages of Exfoliating?

Boosts Blood Circulation

Exfoliating the skin through deep pressure and scrubbing helps to stimulate blood flow to the affected areas, bringing vital oxygen and nutrients with it to fuel tissue repair and feed healthy skin growth. Skin cells renew themselves daily, but exfoliating and increasing blood flow to key areas helps to boost that renewal rate, transforming your skin from dull and dry to refreshed and glowing.

Minimizes the Appearance of Pores

Pores packed with dirt and dead skin cells are going to widen to accommodate the build-up, thus appearing bigger than they actually are. As exfoliation helps to rid the surface of the skin of those built-up toxins, pores are able to close back to their original size, appearing smaller and improving texture of your skin.

Improves Skin Tone

As deposits of dead skin cells build up on your skin, especially on your face, you’ll notice more and more discoloration, flaking, and raised bumps. When you apply makeup, instead of a smooth soft surface of skin with which to apply foundation or powder, rough areas and enlarged pores will become magnified. Exfoliating helps to smooth and even out the surface of your skin as well as remove dry flakes and prepare your skin for applications of toner and moisturizer.

Helps with Aging

As you age, your skin cells start to renew at slower and slower rates. That’s why you will see older adults with skin that has lost it’s elasticity, glow, and color. Exfoliating not only helps to improve skin cell renewal rate, but enhances the appearance of skin by gently buffing away fine lines and wrinkles as well as potential sun damage. Exfoliation can also aid the treatment of acne and pimples, possibly preventing acne scars from developing later in life.

Makes Your Skin Care Products Work Better

Generating a skin surface that is clear of built-up dead skin cells and dirt may make your skin care products work even better, allowing for a more receptive and smooth surface to absorb your lotions, toners, sun protection, and anti-aging products. Incorporating exfoliation into an existing skin care routine could provide just the boost you’re looking for to take your skin to a new level of healthy, fresh, and glowing.

 

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