We see new advancements in skincare every day. New types of facials, new creams, new toners but still people end up complaining about skin problems. Why?? The answer is that good skincare involves a lot more than applying creams. And people often forget that nuts and bolts of any skincare routine are exfoliation. Regular exfoliation under the guidance of your Esthetician is necessary. It is a generalized belief that good skin is a result of expensive body lotions and nothing else. Indeed people are sadly mistaken as these lotions don’t show any considerable effect unless your dead skin cells are removed.
You see various scrubs and fruit peels touted in T.V commercials and on cosmetic counters.
So, what’s the reason for all the parade?
The reason is exfoliation. Exfoliation is an essential beauty practice for a healthy skin. It not only rejuvenates the skin but improves the skin tone as well.
Before going through the types of exfoliants you must know what skin types actually require exfoliation.
Hyper pigmented skin: Hyper-pigmentation is an increase in Melanin which causes skin to darken and increase dark spots on the skin. Exfoliation shed these dark dead cells and clears the skin. This prepares the new skin for good penetration of treating products used to decrease melanin production.
Dehydrated skin: As the name suggests, such skin lacks moisture and leave the skin dry and stretched. We tend to combat this dryness by lacing our skin with lots of moisturizing creams, which makes the skin more unwelcoming. These moisturizers slicks the old dead cells beneath and make the skin look unhealthy. Applying good moisturizing lotion after a good exfoliation regimen begets good results. This technique will remove the dead cells and help moisturizers to penetrate deeper into the skin.
Aging skin: As we move towards our fifty’s, our skin start losing its capability to produce new cells. This makes the natural process of sloughing off becomes difficult. Exfoliation is highly beneficial of mature skin because it helps in sloughing off the old cells and renewing the skin surface.
Oily skin: Oily skin produces 5 times more dead cells than any other skin type. If the skin is not exfoliated regularly then the combination of sebum and dead cells in the pores will make your skin look dirty. Moreover such skin conditions are perfect for the bacteria to flourish leading to acne and skin spots. Exfoliating your skin after cleaning it with a good bath soap give unparallel results for oily skin type.
There are different types of exfoliants, the two main types are Natural and Chemical
Natural: Natural exfoliants are natural scrubs and scrubbing tools that do not involve usage of chemicals. These scrubs can be made by using natural home made products. Organic Shea butter and coconut lime scrub are best home made exfoliating agents.
Chemical: Chemicals like Alpha/Beta Hydroxy, glycolic acid, retinol and certain enzymes are the major components of these exfloiants. Even the chemical scrubs are very effective and safe if used properly. Lactic acids and Salicylic also bring about good exfoliating results.
Exfoliation helps treating many skin problems like blemishes, clogged pores, dark spots, hyper pigmentation and dry skin. So the bottom line is that you should exfoliate your skin to the required amount with minimal irritation. This makes your skin healthy and glowing.