We all know that exfoliation can transform skin from dry and flaky to smooth and radiant. There are several techniques, such as exfoliation and dry brushing that slough off dry cells and help improve the appearance of your skin. Knowing the techniques and benefits of each method can help you decide which one will help you achieve and maintain your healthy glow.
Exfoliating is the process of removing dead skin cells from the surface of your skin using a chemical, granular substance, or exfoliation tool. Your skin naturally sheds dead skin cells to make room for new cells every 30 days or so. Sometimes, dead cells don’t shed completely. This can result in dry, flaky patches and clogged pores. Exfoliating can help prevent this. Regular exfoliation can also help prevent clogged pores, resulting in fewer breakouts.
Long-term exfoliating can increase collagen production. Collagen is key to glowing, vibrant skin. The protein also promotes skin elasticity, minimizing the appearance of fine lines and related sagging. This is the magic benefit, exfoliation is THE anti-ager!
My favorite way to exfoliate is using plant based products from my kitchen. Sugar, oatmeal, cornmeal, salt, cinnamon, honey are all phenomenal ways to abrade dead skin, revealing fresh new baby skin cells. I love the look and feel of fresh exfoliated skin. I adore the way my oils sink in so completely, and the way the skin radiates vitality and health.
You can simply add lemon juice, honey and sugar to make a really nice facial scrub and combine pink Himalayan salt with olive oil for a tremendous scrub for your body. I love going down to my kitchen and combining plant powders and a variety of plant oils, customizing depending on what my current skins condition and needs are. It is astounding the benefits you can get from moringa, neem powder and maracuja oil when combined as an exfoliating mask. You can use it as an exfoliation treatment then leave it on as a mask, doubling the effects.
While DIY scrubs can help enhance your skin’s appearance, chemical exfoliation can offer more dramatic results. As with physical exfoliation, chemical exfoliation can irritate the skin if done incorrectly. If you’re unsure about how to incorporate a chemical product into your routine, see a skin care professional for guidance.
AHAs are water-soluble acids typically derived from sugary fruits. Some AHAs include:
glycolic acid, which comes from sugar cane
lactic acid, which is found in milk and pickled vegetables
citric acid, found in citrus fruits
tartaric acid, from grapes
malic acid, found in apples
These acids help peel away the surface of your skin so that new, more evenly pigmented skin cells may generate and take their place.
BHAs, on the other hand, are oil-soluble. These acids go deep into your hair follicles to dry out excess oils and dead skin cells to unclog your pores.
Because of this, BHA products are primarily used to treat acne and sun damage.
Salicylic acid is the most common BHA. It’s well known as an acne treatment, but it can also help calm general redness and inflammation.
Can you use the same products that you use on your body on your face as well? Scrubs and other exfoliating products designed for your body tend to be more aggressive than products designed for your face. Your facial tissue is way more delicate than the skin on your arms and legs. Using a body product on your face can result in cuts and other irritation.
Using a facial exfoliator on your body probably won’t cause any harm, but the ingredients may not be strong enough to produce the results you’re looking for.
There are methods of exfoliating that should only be preformed by a professional. This depends on your individual skin care needs and what you’re hoping to get out of exfoliating. A certified dermatologist can help you choose the best method or product for your skin. Professional exfoliation methods include:
Body scrubs. Professional scrubs typically contain different materials than over tthe counter or DIY versions.
Chemical peels. The key difference between home and professional peels is the acid concentration. Professional peels are stronger and may be used alongside other prescription topicals for maximum effect.
Dermaplaning. Your provider will use a scalpel blade to remove dead skin and baby hairs from you face and neck.
Microdermabrasion. Your provider will use fine crystals or a special rough-tipped tool to exfoliate the skin and a vacuum to remove dead skin cells.
Dry brushing is a great way to exfoliate, detox and stimulate lymph flow. Dry brushing involves using a brush to gently rub over the body before bathing to remove dead skin cells and stimulate circulation. Dry brushing may be more beneficial for those with younger, oilier skin or people who live in humid climates. Dry brushing promotes lymphatic drainage and stimulates healthy blood flow in the body, which may temporarily reduce the appearance of cellulite. In addition, dry brushing helps buff away dead skin, it also aides in overall detoxification, reduction of fluid retention, improved skin tone, reduction of cellulite, and increased immunity.
If you don't exfoliate as often as you should, I recommend developing a regimen that incorporates the usage of the many methods listed below and enjoying the purification ritual that it truly is. Happy skin, happy body, happy you!