What is exfoliation?
Your skin naturally sheds skin cells when they die, and exfoliation is the process of removing these dead cells from the surface of your skin. You can use a substance, chemical or device to do this, however, it is important to not over-exfoliate and stimulate the skin. There needs to be balance and extra care taken when it comes to your largest organ.
Reasons to exfoliate
Prevents acne and breakouts
Improves the absorption of moisture and other product
Evens out your skin tone
Slows signs of ageing
How do I exfoliate?
Exfoliation for the face happens after cleansing. It is important to listen to and be gentle with your skin. Make small circular motions while applying your scrub or using your exfoliating tool. Exfoliate for 30 seconds and then remove with warm water, never hot water.
Another thing to note when it comes to exfoliation is to avoid overstimulation. Exfoliation is not the answer to a breakout, you should never scrub your skin raw to reduce acne - it will actually aggravate and accelerate the breakout, spreading it and inflaming the skin.
To exfoliate your body, you can use a scrub, a tool or an exfoliating pad. Exfoliate by making small circular motions over. Remove with warm water.
How often do I exfoliate?
Depending on your skin type it is advised that you exfoliate differently.
Dry or sensitive skin - once a week.
Oily or combination skin - two to three times a week.
Exfoliation should be incorporated into your facial routine. Need some more info on a basic routine? Check out our guide here.