What are exfoliators and why do we want to use them?
Skin replenishes itself every 30 days. Once full grown, our body has less incentive to create skin cells at our previous growing-up rate.
Surface skin cells die but are still attached. They no longer hold water and light, and mask the brightness of the skin cells below.
The weekly removal/exfoliation of surface dead skin cells exposes the fresh living skin cells and promotes more rapid skin cell reproduction. This results in our skin behaving and looking like young translucent skin.
The instruction and advice I share with anyone who wants to exfoliate is this.
It is important to understand why this simple and inexpensive activity promotes younger looking skin.
By gently and consistently removing the build-up of surface dead skin cells, our body responds by making fresh new skin cells at a more rapid rate. Our skin begins to mimic its performance as when we were growing into maturity. You basically trick the skin to work harder. It is happy to do so because your skin wants to protect you by maintaining a healthy amount of surface skin cells. You just need to give your skin a reason.
How you exfoliate matters. Even though the surface layer of skin cells are dead, they are still attached. If you aggressively remove them by any means, a scrub, a wash cloth, a brush, this will only cause damage to your skin.
Think of exfoliation as an act of seduction or a massage. Gently and continually circle in an area until the dead skin cell loosens and voluntarily leaves the body. In this manner there is no tear on the surface of the skin and your skin cell regenerators happily replace the now removed dead skin cells.
If the dead skin cell is aggressively removed, a small tear occurs on the skin and the skin goes in to repair mode rather than replenish mode. This mean that along with cells renewing, clotting blood cells are also sent to that area and repair must take place before revealing the younger, fresher skin cells underneath.
For best results think slow and long when it comes to exfoliation.
Personal note: Of all the personal skin care methods and products, proper exfoliation is the most effective practice in always maintaining the smoothest, healthiest and young looking skin.
Here are my products that exfoliate and help promote better exfoliation.
Gives skin a professional, spa-like exfoliating facial. Contains microdermabrasion scrub that safely and efficiently removes dead skin cells leaving a silky smooth texture that is ready to welcome rejuvenating new skin cells. Recommended for: All skin types. Paraben free • Talc free • Lanolin free. Made in USA
I recommend a weekly exfoliation and more if skin feels rough or looks flaky.
Products containing Glycolic Acid to promote easier exfoliation.
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