What is Exfoliation? Should I do it?
Skincare check! Skin care is essential for our over-all health. That is why it is important and crucial to our skin’s health to embrace a skincare routine.
Brighter, smoother, and more radiant skin is what we always aim for. However, having such great skin is not as easy as one-two-three. A lot of ways to do and stuff to consider going into gorgeous skin – usually a rigorous step-to-step process to achieve the perfect regimen towards a flawless, glowing skin – such as cleansing, hydrating and protecting our skin from the dangerous effects of UV exposure. While all these play an important part, the role of exfoliation is as crucial to achieve that beautiful healthy glow.
But what exactly is exfoliation?
Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells found on the outer layer of the skin. It its an essential part of every skin care routine since it breaks down the “glue” that holds the dead skin cells together and rids the skin buildup.
Did you know that our skin exfoliates naturally? You read that right! Our body has the ability to naturally shed or remove dead skin cells on its own. It is the “process by which our skin produces new skin cells, which travel from the lowest layer of the epidermis (outermost layer of the skin) to the top layer and then shed off the skin.” So basically, this natural process is what keeps the dead cells from building up on the skin’s surface. In healthy skin, the cell turnover (or naturally shedding off dead skin cells to make room for new cells) is approximately 14 to 30 days.
It’s simple, exfoliation stimulates faster production of new and healthy skin cells. However, like other body processes, the process of cell regeneration slows down as we age and if the skin is not getting enough of the important nutrition to function well. This means that our skin starts to lose the ability to shed dull skin and generate new ones. And when the dead cells do not shed, it results to dry, rough, and damaged skin. Additionally, the building up of dead skin cells caused oily face and clogged pores, leading to blemishes and acne-prone skin.
Beyond removing dead skin cells, exfoliation provides several benefits for the over-all well-being of our skin.
Exfoliate and you’ll be rewarded with:
- Unclogged pores and acne-free face
- Minimized appearance of wrinkles and fine lines
- Even skin tone
- Increased cell turnover and collagen synthesis
- Boosted blood circulation and lymphatic drainage
- Excellent base for the rest of your skin care routine
What is the best way to exfoliate?
Before exfoliating, you must be wary of your skin type, the health and sensitivity of your skin. You cannot just go around scrubbing yourself or using chemical exfoliators because if not done properly, it could do you more harm than good.
Exfoliation by skin types
Know your skin type before choosing an exfoliation method because every type of exfoliation may not be appropriate for every skin type.
Sensitive skin – Avoid scrubbing or using abrasive materials for exfoliation. This may cause irritation and redness of the skin. Choose a mild chemical exfoliator and apply it gently to your skin. You should be avoiding strong chemical exfoliators because these may sting or burn after use.
Normal Skin – Since this skin type is clear and not easily irritated, you are free to choose whatever exfoliation method you want to use. You can try experimenting which works best for you. It’s more of a personal preference.
Dry skin – This skin type is flaky, itchy, or rough so exfoliation is really a must. However, mechanical methods can only worsen the drying situation and can result to microtears. It is better to use chemical exfoliator such as glycolic acid to help break down dead skin cells and allowing moisturizer to hydrate new skin cells.
Oily skin – The skin appears shiny and feels greasy. Manual and stronger chemical exfoliators can be used since this skin type may have an extra layer of buildup on the surface.
Combination skin – This skin type is characterized by both oily and dry skin in some areas of the skin. It may require both mechanical and chemical exfoliation methods, however, note that you should focus on certain areas individually and never use both methods on the same day.
There are different methods when considering exfoliation:
Mechanical exfoliation utilizes materials with rough, jagged, and abrasive particles to physically scrub your skin and clear off gross build up. It can include an exfoliating brush, sponge, scrub, or glove. Although effective in removing dead skin cells, using these rashly can irritate your skin and can cause further damage to the skin. Hence, being gentle and not to abrasive is necessary.
Chemical exfoliators make use of naturally occurring acids (usually AHAs or BHAs) to break apart the “glue” holding the dead skin cells together that builds up on the skin’s surface. Using chemical exfoliators are less harsh and gentler to the skin in terms of the application method. Plus, they typically provide an impactful and thorough result.
Medical grade treatments exfoliate the skin at a much deeper, more precisely and controlled level. Professional treatment not only provides healthier, more radiant, and glowing skin, but also a longer lasting cellular level improvements.
Both methods stated above provides promising results in achieving the beautiful glowing skin that we all wanted. However, both also has limitations. For physical methods, too much abrasion is not good for the skin, may lead to skin redness and even removal of newer skin cells. Chemical methods may also have harsh effects on the skin such as side effects and probable allergic reactions to the skin. And while professional treatments are proven to be effective, not everyone can afford to have one since it sure is expensive.
So, I present to you, Organica Coffee Body Scrub. This body scrub is an amazing exfoliator, the coarse yet gentle coffee granules help remove dead skin build-up.
It’s cheaper and a more natural way of shedding off dull, dead skin cells. From exfoliating dead skin cells to fighting premature skin aging, this one-of-a-kind natural body scrub provides a lot of benefits on various skin types.
Aside from the exfoliation that the coffee scrub provides, it also has more amazing advantages for your skin.
The caffeine present in the scrub boosts blood circulation and tightens the skin which helps reduce the appearance of cellulites and stretch marks.
Virgin coconut oil, vitamin e and arabica coffee are loaded with organic antioxidants that work well together in reducing the appearance of cellulite on the body. These cleansing & moisturizing effects help soothe, emphasize healthier skin & promote a better overall glow.
Organicá coffee body scrub provides a powerful but gentle over-all skin care, giving you that beautiful healthy glow.