Updated: Jul 9, 2021
Our skin says a lot about our health. From your diet to your stress levels, it shows all over your face and body. The key to perfect skin is not some fancy moisturizer or 10-step skincare routine. In fact, dermatologists have spoken out against putting too many products on your skin, as it can lead to more breakouts, irritation, and dryness. So what’s the best way to keep your skin looking young, healthy, and fresh? One of the best things you can do for your skin is exfoliating! You might hear this often in the skincare world but what exactly is all the fuss and how should you go about it? Let’s get into it.
Exfoliation is the process of removing dry or dead skin cells from the top layer of your skin. Think of it like a snake shedding its old skin. But exfoliation doesn’t just get rid of dead cells, it also gets rid of dirt and debris that clog your pores and cause you to break out. Unclogged pores allow your skin to absorb more of the products you’re using, making them more effective. Exfoliating also helps even out skin tones and smoothing the texture of your skin, leaving you with radiant baby-smooth skin. The greatest benefit of exfoliating, however, is the increase of cell turnover and circulation in your skin. The active stimulation increases the circulation of oxygen-rich blood that nourishes the area and helps drain the lymphatic fluid responsible for puffy skin.
Chemical Vs Physical Exfoliation
There are two methods to exfoliate that if done correctly can make your skin radiant and dewy. The first is chemical exfoliation, where you apply a product that contains chemicals such as hydroxy acids and retinol. The second method is mechanical or physical exfoliation which uses manual scrubbing and rubbing to remove the dead cells. Each method comes with its risks and works better with certain skin types. The American Academy of Dermatology Association has created a complete guide on exfoliating based on your skin type. Whatever method you go with, make sure you moisturize after to reduce irritation and maximize hydration.
How often should you exfoliate?
The best answer is to listen to your skin. Over-exfoliating can damage skin cells and cause redness, dryness, and irritation. If you have sensitive skin, heavy chemical exfoliation and overusing your mechanical exfoliating brush might do more harm than good. Never exfoliate if you have an open wound or a bad sunburn. The safest route is to start with an exfoliating brush once a week and increase it gradually to 2-4 times a week depending on how your skin reacts. Try our Beurer exfoliating cleansing brushes for your body and face! They are safe for all skin types and come equipped with multiple brush head attachments and speeds for optimal exfoliation.
There is no instant cure or skin hack that can make your skin look picture perfect in a day, but with the right routine, products, lifestyle, and a little patience, you will have that radiant and healthy skin you’ve always dreamed of.
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