You probably already know you should be exfoliating regularly to achieve and keep a healthy glow, but with so many options and logistics involved it can seem all too daunting. If your skin has been on the drier, dull and lackluster side lately, then it's definitely time to drop that Apricot scrub and check out our exfoliation run down to avoid making mistakes and get your revived glow on properly!
Exfoliation is the removal process of dead skin cells on the outer most layer of the skin. Exfoliation is an important process as the skin naturally produces dead skin cells every 25-45 days usually depending on age. As we age this process slows down. Exfoliation helps by removing dead skin cells thereby sending a message to the body to produce new skin cells or “daughter cells”. A lack of exfoliation means an accumulation of dead skin that can clog pores and give the skin a dull and even “grayish” color.
Every type of exfoliation may not work for every skin type, it’s important to consider your skin type before choosing an exfoliation method:
Sensitive skin may sting or burn after product use
Normal skin is clear and not sensitive
Dry skin is flaky, itchy or rough
Oily skin is shiny and greasy
Combination skin is dry in some areas and oily in others
There are two main methods for at-home exfoliation — mechanical and chemical — and the method you choose should be guided by your skin type. Mechanical exfoliation uses a tool, such as a brush or sponge, or a scrub to physically remove dead skin cells via crushed shells, seeds, oil beads or plastic beads. Chemical exfoliation uses chemicals, such as alpha and beta hydroxy acids, or enzymes to work deeper to loosen the cellular "glue" and dissolve away dead skin cells.
Not sure where to start? Try one of our natural exfoliation products for revealing your hidden glow!
If you aren’t sure what skin type you have, or if you have questions about exfoliating, see a board-certified dermatologist. A dermatologist can evaluate your skin and help you decide if exfoliation is beneficial for you. Enjoy your new and refreshed skin!
Written by: Regina Di Silvestro Natural Product Chemist | Peptide Chemist | Medicinal Herbalist | Owner @rdalchemy.com to create non-toxic, therapeutic products based on the sciences of Ethnobotany, Herbal Medicine and Natural Product Chemistry