Revealing radiance: Seven reasons to exfoliate tonight
Things that are touching:
💗 When a lioness befriends a baby antelope
💗 An old married couple travelling the world
💗 You and your face after gentle exfoliation
There are few things better than fondling your face after a layer of old dead cells has been sloughed. So smooth. So fresh. So touchable.
But beyond the immediate sensory benefits of exfoliation, there’s a host of other perks that’ll have you adding it to your weekly routine. Let’s check them out.
Why exfoliate? Here are seven benefits to woo you.
To remove dead skin cells
Old skin cells accumulate over time and clog pores, dull the complexion, cause breakouts and create patchiness. By gently dissolving the bonds between these dead cells, exfoliation (of the enzymatic kind) will reveal fresh, smooth and healthy skin so you can put your best face forward.
To smooth and resurface
By removing crotchety old skin cells, rough patches, flakiness, and dryness is diminished and a smoother surface is instantly revealed. Regular exfoliation encourages cell turnover, stimulating the production of new skin cells from deep in the basal layers to create a more velvety texture over time.
To boost circulation
Exfoliation has the added benefit of promoting circulation. The gentle massaging motion of your fingertips increases blood flow to the surface of the skin, delivering essential nutrients and oxygen to the cells for a rosy natural glow.
To nip breakouts in the bud
Clogged pores are a prime culprit in acne breakouts. By exfoliating you help keep your pores clear and unclogged, removing dead skin cells, excess oil, and debris from the surface of the skin. Adios blackheads, whiteheads, and blemishes.
To even out hyperpigmentation
Exfoliation is particularly beneficial for those struggling with hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone. By whisking away the outer layer of dead skin cells, exfoliation helps fade dark spots, acne scars, and sunspots over time. Regular exfoliation encourages the even distribution of melanin, the pigment responsible for skin colour, resulting in a more balanced and uniform complexion.
To bump up the effectiveness of your other skincare products
A buildup of dead skin cells acts as a barrier preventing your skincare products from sinking in and delivering all their (expensive) goodness. By exfoliating, you create a clean canvas for serums, moisturisers, and other treatments to easily absorb – which gets you better results and value for money too.
To put the brakes on ageing
Exfoliation plays a huge role in maintaining bouncy, youthful skin. Regularly removing dead skin cells stimulates collagen production, which is vital for maintaining skin elasticity and firmness. The process also helps minimise the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots, contributing to a more youthful and rejuvenated complexion.
A smooth summary + our favourite exfoliant
Exfoliation is a game-changer when it comes to rocking healthy, glowing skin. Be sure to choose a gentle exfoliant that won’t cause dryness or irritation and use it no more than a few times a week; anything more is counterproductive.
On that note, we’re cheerleaders for gentle living enzymes as opposed to the gritty and granular scrubs of the past – which can actually damage your skin long term.