Do you ever feel like no matter how much moisturizer or skincare products you use, your skin just doesn't seem to be glowing? Well, the answer might lie in exfoliation! Exfoliating is one of the most important steps in any skincare routine and can make a huge difference in achieving that radiant glow we all crave.
When you're exfoliating your skin, you're effectively unclogging your pores. Sweeping away that dead and dry skin, along with all the other surface debris that might remain on your skin after cleansing, stops it from making its way into your pores and causing stubborn stoppages in the form of whiteheads and blackheads. These are two skin issues that are insanely difficult to get rid of (people with blackheads know what's up), which is why exfoliating is so important. It stops them before they even have a chance to appear.
Just like how unclogging your pores prevents whiteheads and blackheads, it also prevents other blemishes—acne. Exfoliating helps to unclog pores, therefore reducing acne! It’s recommended that you use it to prevent breakouts, but only in a safe and nonirritating way. In other words, don't scrub your skin raw in the name of acne reduction. That will harm your skin and lead to a whole host of other problems. A physical exfoliant (something that contains beads or small grains) can be used once or twice a week. A gentle chemical exfoliant may be used daily depending on its strength. Listen to your skin. If it is ever sensitive or red after exfoliating, reduce your frequency.
Helps other products to penetrate the skin deeper
Since pores are unclogged and the surface of the skin is smoothed and rid of any dead or dry skin, your other skincare products are able to penetrate more deeply!
Evens skin tone
People with dark spots, rough texture, hyperpigmentation, and acne scars know how frustrating they can be to treat. Exfoliants break down dry and dead skin while smoothing texture, which means the skin appears to look more uniform over time.
Boosts circulation and lymphatic drainage
Exfoliation has many benefits, including stimulation of lymphatic drainage for internal cleansing and stimulation of oxygen-rich blood to feed and nourish the skin's surface. The former is a form of skin detoxification, working to remove toxins and other unhealthy debris. The latter boosts cellular health to reveal glowy, radiant skin AND will help for hair to grow back more consistently in between sugaring appointments.
Increases cell turnover
Aside from increased circulation, exfoliation also boosts the skin's radiance in another way. It helps cell turnover so the skin looks more glowing. This means that the skin keeps fresh, healthy cells at the surface, removing dead, dry, or dying ones. In terms of appearance, this results in that ultra-dewy and baby-faced complexion we all strive for.
Talk to one of the talented specialists at Sugarmoon during your next visit to find out what the best exfoliant is for you, your skin and your daily routine!