Your Basic Skincare Routine: Exfoliation
What is exfoliating and why do you need to do it regularly?
Exfoliating is simply the process of removing dead skin cells from the skin's epidrmis or outer surface layer. Removing this dead skin makes way for younger skin cells underneath. Dry, dead skin cells clog your pores, leading to blackheads, acne and many other problems. When dead skin is removed, beautiful , more luminous skin is revealed. Regular exfoliation can also help reduce blotchiness, sun damage and discoloration. Exfoliating on a consistent basis is critical to your skins health and radiance.
By gently exfoliating away the top layer of dead cells, your skin will feel smoother, look more vibrant and age slower. Just the act of rubbing in a circular motion will increase circulation and improves your overall health. While the exfoliating agent carries away the top layer of dull cells.
Think of it as buffing your skin out. Not so much scrubbing, but more gentle buffing and refining.
My Sistah's, many of you are using 'scrubs' n an effort to scrape out and scrape off excess oil. And guess what? By using harsh, overly abrasive products or even exfoliating too often will do more harm than good.
Exfoliating your skin 2 to 3 times a week is advised as long as your skin can handle it!
1, 2 Things
1. That Apricot Scrud is the ABSOLUTE WORST! The Apricot pits are ground in with this pasty goop like mixture, but not very well. These pits are too large, sharp and abrasive for delicated facial skin. This scrub will actually make a skin issue much worse because it will open up small surface knicks on the skin.
Not only does it damage your epidermis, but it opens up areas in the skin for cross contamination. So for example, the bateria in the pimple that's on your forehead, is now transferred and migrates to your nose, cheeks and chin. Creating a full acne breakout!
In addition to all of the sharp particles, this partiuclar apricut scrub is full of harsh chemicals, fillers and perservatives that are not good for your skin. DO NOT USE THIS MESS!
2. Avoid Over Exfoliating; which can either be done with the exfoliating products, methods of exfoliating or frequency of exfoliating.
Exfoliating with harsh and harmful products can compromise your epidermis (the top layer of your skin). Scrubbing or abrading to harshly can cause damage to your delicate skin. Avoid pressing to hard as you can easily scratch, knick and/or cut the surface layers of your skin.
Even when using appropriate products and pressure, you cans till adversely affect your skin by exfoliating too often. You should never exfoliate more than two to three times per week. Typically, once a week or twice a month is sufficient for normal healthy skin. Exfoliating to often will cause microscopic tears, which will lead to premature aging, wrinkles, and sallowness (unhealthy appearance of complexion). It will also cause your skin to produces excess oil and enlarge your pores. None of which you want.
If you use these Exfoliation tips wisely in your Skincare Routine, your skin will be glowing in no time!
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