Exfoliation is often an overlooked part of a skincare regime (we know, who has time for that?), but trust us, this simple step can improve skin texture and tone, give you a radiant, glowing complexion and even help reduce problematic skin breakouts!
What’s that? Tell me more, you say? Here’s what you need to know about exfoliation...
Exfoliation For Problematic Skin:
The dead layer of skin cells on the surface of your skin (ew) can lead to the formation of breakouts, blackheads and whiteheads by blocking the pores if it’s not exfoliated away! The result is a buildup of dead skin and sebum (skin oil) in your pores and hair follicles, with nowhere to go… leading to breakouts and inflamed skin. Exfoliation helps to clear away said layer of dead skin cells, allowing the pores to breathe and your skin to stay clear!
Exfoliation For Skin Texture And Uneven Pigmentation:
Ever feel like your complexion is just looking a bit ‘blah’? Over time, a buildup of dead skin creates a dry, dull and textured complexion. Regular exfoliation helps to break down dry dead skin, smoothing the skin texture, encouraging blood circulation and the turnover of new skin cells. As an added bonus, the appearance of pigmentation, scarring and impurities become more faded with continued exfoliation.
But wait, there’s more! In addition to removing dead skin cells, exfoliation increases blood circulation, lymphatic drainage and collagen synthesis (fancy!) which combine to smooth skin texture and deliver a radiant complexion.
Exfoliation To Improve The Effectiveness Of Your Skincare:
Removing that pesky layer of dead skin cells will help clear the way for moisture and nourishment from your skincare to work its magic. Unblocking the pores opens channels in your skin, leading to deeper penetration of the topical ingredients in your serums, oils and moisturisers - which results in improved performance and better skin. - Yes Please!
Exfoliation - Physical V Chemical:
There are two ways your can remove those troublesome dead skin cells; physically or chemically.
A physical exfoliant uses small particles to to manually buff away the unwanted cells. Physical exfoliation is great for instant results making the skin feel smooth and invigorated.
Chemical exfoliants are much gentler on the skin, although they sound harsh they are exceptionally beneficial to sensitive, congested and problem skin types. A chemical exfoliant breaks the bonds that hold dead skin cells to your skin. Chemical exfoliants are great for smoothing and brightening your skin and can be used on a regular basis.
Exfoliation In Your Skincare Regime:
Whether you choose a physical or a chemical exfoliant is personal choice (we’d recommend both, but you do you!).
A physical exfoliant feels great, getting your skin back to a fresh and renewed state - but be careful, over exfoliation can lead to irritated skin. It is recommended to use a physical exfoliant between two and three times a week, ensuring you give your skin some downtime to heal and regenerate. If you like to use a combination of chemical and physical exfoliation, it is recommended to only use your physical scrub once a week.
Chemical exfoliants vary in strength - exfoliating masks and treatments should be used as per the instructions provided, generally this is anywhere from once a week to once a month. Our serums are designed for everyday use. You can find their instructions by clicking the links below.
Light Beam Radiance Serum (Chemical AHA Exfoliator - from natural superfoods, of course!)
Smooth-ME Fine Line Serum (Chemical Lactic Acid Exfoliator - again, from natural ingredients)
Polish-ME Face Exfoliator (Physical Exfoliant - thanks to natural mineral particles)