THE BENEFITS OF EXFOLIATION
In honor of the month of love, we want to share a skincare tip that we LOVE: exfoliation!
What is Exfoliation?
Exfoliation is a way of removing dead skin cells that have a funky habit of accumulating on our faces. Removing these dead skin cells helps clear your pores, making it easier to remove excess dirt and grime! What a great way to get your skin date-night ready!
Benefits of Exfoliating:
- Unclogs pores
- Removes acne causing bacteria
- Prevent breakouts
- Improves skin tone and texture
- Slows down the signs of aging
- How to Exfoliate
Exfoliation should always follow your facial cleanser. There are different types of exfoliants so how you apply the exfoliator will be specific to the product you are using. You can then apply any serums or moisturizers afterward. The most important thing to remember is to not over-do it! Exfoliation should only be done 2-3 nights per week.
Types of Exfoliators
There are two categories of exfoliators: physical and chemical.
It is likely that of the two, you are more familiar with physical exfoliants. Physical exfoliants have a rough texture in order to scrub off dead skin. One way to physically exfoliate is by using a skincare tool such as a brush or cleansing towel. Another form of physical exfoliation is using a cleanser with sugar or microbeads in them, which you should massage on the skin in circular motions for 30 seconds to 1 minute.
Chemical exfoliants on the other hand tend to appear more creamy in texture, like a moisturizer, and may sometimes be labeled as a “peel”. This exfoliator uses its chemical ingredients (acids and enzymes) to draw the gunk in your pores out to the surface. Chemical exfoliants are also used after your cleanser; however, it is important to wait about 3 minutes before applying any serums or moisturizers.