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Everything You Need To Know About Exfoliation

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The Most Anticipated Skincare Routine

Benefits and Pitfalls

Whether you start your journey in a skincare routine or have a vast experience and collection of various products in your bathroom, exfoliation is a procedure that often remains undervalued and misunderstood by so many people.

Some consider it an unnecessary indulgence, missing all the benefits of this essential procedure. Others often fall into extremes, causing significant harm to their skin with excessive zeal or inappropriate products.

This article shall closely look at the procedure, its purpose, and its benefits. We shall see whether it is equally vital for all skin types, how you can benefit from it, and avoid the most common mistakes.

What is Exfoliation?

The purpose of exfoliation is not that different from everyday cleansing. Exfoliating is the process of removing dead skin cells and excess natural oil from the surface of your skin. However, exfoliation is a more intense and intricate procedure that requires specific chemical or granular products or an exfoliating tool.

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The point is that your skin constantly renews, shedding dead skin cells. Most of those cells shed off naturally. However, it is crucial to take the rest of them off your skin’s surface to make space for new cells and prevent clogging. Depending on your skin type, your skincare routine, age, and even time of the year, sometimes daily cleansing is not enough to liberate your skin from those dead cells and excessive oils. Eventually, you may notice flaky patches on your cheeks or clogged pores, which inevitably lead to breakouts and uneven skin tone.

Proper and regular exfoliating will easily prevent those complications and help your skin renew naturally, staying young and healthy much longer.

The purpose of exfoliation is not that different from everyday cleansing. It is the process of removing dead skin cells and excess natural oil from the surface of your skin. However, exfoliation is a more intense and intricate procedure that requires the use of specific chemical or granular products or an exfoliating tool.

Benefits Of Exfoliation

There are several clinically proven and widely-recognized benefits of exfoliation, which make it an essential procedure for any skin type:

  • Exfoliation removes the excessive build-up of dead skin cells, preventing clogged pores and breakouts;
  • According to the American Academy of Dermatology, regular exfoliation significantly improves the effectiveness of any skincare. It removes buffering factors like dead skin cells and excessive oils, which prevent your skincare product from affecting your skin to its full extent;
  • Exfoliation stimulates collagen synthesis – the essential component for elasticity and rejuvenation of your skin. In other words, exfoliation prevents premature aging;
  • Regular exfoliation is essential for an even skin tone without pigmentation and imperfections. It can also help to reduce the after-effect of severe acne cases and prevent micro-scarring.

Exfoliation removes the excessive build-up of dead skin cells. However, you can enjoy all those undoubtful benefits of exfoliation only if you understand the very nature of this procedure and make informed decisions while picking products and tools to build your skincare routine. Otherwise, you risk damaging your skin, causing severe reactions and long-term consequences.

Understanding the Nature of Exfoliation

Things to Expect and to Avoid

Depending on the products used for the procedure, you may distinguish two types of exfoliation:

  • Physical exfoliation – based on mechanical scrubbing and removing dead cells from your skin;
  • Chemical exfoliation – the use of chemicals for skin’s deep cleansing and renewal.

According to the condition of your skin and desired results, you may combine those two methods in your skincare routine. However, some of those procedures require qualification and professional-grade skincare products. Either way, it is essential to consult a skin care expert before combining different approaches or introducing advanced exfoliation methods into your routine.

Physical (Mechanical) Exfoliation

You have a wide choice of products and tools to remove dead cells from the surface of your skin physically. Those are various scrubbing products and brushes and loofas designed especially for a particular area of your body and skin type.

The best thing about physical exfoliation is that it is a primarily DIY procedure requiring no special qualifications or skills. You may find numerous recipes for in-home exfoliating scrubs or tips to use different clothes and materials to create a DIY exfoliating tool. Many people prefer this kind of exfoliation as, in this case, they can make the skincare product themselves, using all-natural ingredients.

Another significant benefit of physical exfoliation is that you will see the results of the procedure instantly.

However, there are certain pitfalls of physical exfoliation, especially once it is a DIY skincare project. Once you get carried away or use products inappropriate for your skin type, you may damage your skin or cause transepidermal moisture loss. To avoid it, gradually increase the intensity of exfoliation and use soothing and hydrating products right after the procedure.

Choosing products for Physical Exfoliation

The modern market offers many different products and tools for in-home physical exfoliation. You may choose between numerous scrubs and cleansers designed especially for specific skin areas or types.
Here are some tips that will help you pick your perfect exfoliant among the unlimited choice of over-the-counter products:

  • Test one product at a time. Though naturally, you want to check everything the market has to offer to find your perfect match, exfoliants are products that have long-term effects. If you combine several products in your routine, it may be hard to find a reason once some side-effect or irritation may appear;
  • Use the correct products. Once the label claims that a product is for body exfoliation, you should never apply it to your face. Different body areas have different levels of sensitivity and density of the skin. Wrong products may cause severe damage to your skin.
  • Consider product rotation. Our skin may behave and react differently throughout the year, especially if you live in an area with a variable climate and significant weather differences between winter and summer periods. That is why sometimes products that seem to work perfectly may suddenly disappoint you. You may need to revise your skincare routine at least once a year.

Chemical Exfoliation

Unlike physical exfoliation, the chemical procedure requires the attention and supervision of qualified skincare experts and the use of professional-grade products. In other words, chemical exfoliation is not an in-home DIY skincare routine. However, it is more efficient, especially in severe cases, and reveals astonishing results.

However, it is essential to understand the nature and peculiarities of chemical exfoliation. This knowledge will help you feel more ensured during a consultation with a skincare professional and enhance your overall experience.

Let’s have a general overview of the main elements used for chemical exfoliation:

•Alpha-Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) – traditionally derived from sugary fruits, those acids peel away the dead cells and top cell layer off your skin. This process stimulates your skin to produce a new, fresh, evenly pigmented skin layer. This type of chemical exfoliation is most efficient for uneven skin tone, enlarged pores, and minor signs of premature aging.

• Beta-Hydroxy Acids (BHAs) – these acids are soluble in oil, which means they may interact with the natural oils in your pores, allowing them to unclog. BHAs are a well-known acne treatment that is used all over the world. They are, nevertheless, quite effective against sunburns and other types of severe temperature injury.

• Retinoids – are derived from vitamin A and are effective in soothing sunburns and acne. However, the most common application of retinoids is anti-aging skincare. Retinoids stimulate the production of collagen. You may find retinoids both in over-the-counter and professional-grade products. However, it is essential to consult a professional to get the most from those powerful elements without the risk of damaging your skin.

What will work best for you?

Exfoliation for different skin types

There is a common myth that some skin types require intense exfoliation while others should avoid it at all. Exfoliation is essential for any skin type and age. But the choice of method, exfoliating product, and tool entirely depends on your skin type.

• Normal. Those lucky ones with a normal skin type may experiment with various exfoliating products and methods. However, they hardly ever need advanced procedures and may practice physical exfoliation with DIY or over-the-counter products at home.

• Oily. People with shiny and greasy cheeks often face such challenges as clogged pores, breakouts, and acne. They usually benefit most from combining in-home and professional-grade exfoliation procedures and may need comprehensive expert supervision to find the best products and work out a skincare routine.

• Dry. This skin type is the most vulnerable to inept exfoliation, especially regarding DIY mechanical methods. However, proper chemical exfoliation using AHAs helps people with dry skin liberate it from flakiness and get the most from adequate moisturizing.

• Combined. This unique skin type has both dry and oily skin properties, and it requires comprehensive attention and a careful selection of products. You may need to make more intensive physical exfoliation on the oily areas and benefit most from gentle chemical procedures at the dry patches.

Exfoliation is a broad term that includes various products, methods, and tools, from in-home and DIY remedies to complex professional-grade procedures. However, it is important to understand that your skin’s regular renewal and deep cleansing are crucial to maintaining the health and youth of your skin as long as possible.

Remember, take a moment for self today!

Esther

from Team Endulge Me

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