May 15, 2022

What is Exfoliation, benefits and why you should exfoliate before sugaring/shaving?

Exfoliating is an essential step in skin care that some people miss. Whether you go through the physical route or you use a chemical exfoliator is up to you to decide but exfoliating is important. It has many benefits that would greatly improve not only your skin but also your sugaring, waxing and shaving experience. We have compiled a list of the very best exfoliators here, including lotions, acids, toners and serums.  Or you can shop our exfoliator here. With two percent saylyclic acid, honey, mosituribg shea butter, and tumeric powder, it is powerful for stripping away dead skin cells and restoring the skin natural colour.

Exfoliating is the process of removing dead skin cells from the surface of the skin, using a chemical, granular substance or exfoliating tools. Exfoliation helps to keep the skin soft and smooth by buffering away and removing dead skin cells. Our skin naturally shed dead skin cells every 30 days or so. New skin forms on top layers of skin and if the dead skin cells do not shed away, you get a dull, dry and flaky skin. This means your skin care routine that costs lots of money would most likely not be effective as it cannot penetrate your skin. That is thousands of whatever currency down the drain. No one wants that. 

Exfoliating regularly would help speed up the process of shedding dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. One can exfoliate using a chemical exfoliator like a serum or body wash with salicylic acid or lactic acid. You could also use a granular exfoliating product like a sugar or salt scrub or a scrub with jojoba beads.  A combination of both chemical and physical exfoliation would also work. And lastly, an exfoliation tool like a brush or sponge.

What exfoliating can do to your skin?

Removes dead skin cells
Exfoliation help remove dead skin cells leaving the skin smoother, more hydrated and brighter. While we can shed these cells normally, they take a bit longer and the process of moisturizing our skin would keep then on longer. This is defiantly not what you used be going for. It’s counterproductive.

Helps with your skin care penetrate into your skin
A buildup of dead skin cells would mean your lotion or whatever skin care you are using will not penetrate your skin and would be rendered totally ineffective. Since skin pores would be unclogged and the surface of the skin smooth and rid of dead cells, your skincare products can penetrate freely, hydrating your skin.

Fights aging and wrinkles
Exfoliation challenges your skin ageing process and fights wrinkles. Regular exfoliation would help with fine line and wrinkles. This is because getting off dead skin cells from your skin would reveal younger and nourished skin underneath. A buildup of dead skin equals less elasticity on your skin and less elasticity equals wrinkles. The weight of the dead skin cell would pull at your skin and make it saggy hence the wrinkles.

Helps with Keratosis/Chicken skin
Exfoliation would help a great deal if you struggle with chicken skin/strawberry legs/ Keratosis Pilaris as it would help buff away at dead skin cells, dissolve keratein and improve the appearance of the skin.

Fights Acne and breaks out
If you have acne prone skin or frequents breakout, exfoliation should be an essential step in your skin care routine. 
An accumulation of dead skin cell is a breeding ground for bacteria that causes acne, pimples, spot and blemishes. It’s a no brainer that exfoliating would keep spots, blemish at bay and help with pimples and acne.

Improves blood circulation
Exfoliation has been said to help with improved blood circulation and flow. Exfoliating your skin is one of the best ways to stimulate blood flow and lymph drainage.

Improves cellulite and skin elasticity
An improved blood circulation minimizes the appearance of cellulite, improves skin elasticity and will enhance your all over body glow and radiance.

How often you should exfoliate?

As with all thing, an excess of something is bad. It is not a good idea to exfoliate every day. That is a bit excessive. Remember exfoliation while it has many benefits tend to strip the skin not only of excess skin cells but also of oil, dirt and moisture. 
Excessive exfoliation can leave your skin feeling dry which is not what you want. Dry skin is dull and the furthest thing from radiant.
It is recommended to exfoliate twice a week as part of your weekly skin care. Excessive exfoliation can damage the skin.

How to exfoliate?

It is important to understand that when you exfoliate, you should be gentle with your skin. Rubbing in gentle circular motions so as not to cause micro tears. 
Scrubs and exfoliating creams are best used on damp skin. Make gentle circular motions over the area you want to exfoliate for about 20 to 30 seconds. Then rinse off with warm water. 
Remember to moisturize after exfoliating. This is a crucial step in the exfoliation process. You need moisture back in your skin after stripping it away with those dead skin cells.
Also, don’t forget sunscreen before stepping out into those harsh rays. We have compiled a list of the best sunscreens and where to get them especially for melanin rich skin.

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