Exfoliating. We all know we SHOULD do it, and sometimes we even do it! But…why?
Did you know that the outermost layer of your skin is made up of cells that can be up to a month old? They’re in the final stages of their life. You see, our skin grows from the bottom up, in layers. And what you can see on the surface has been working its way up for weeks now. Everyone is different (don’t forget my favorite saying!) but the process from birth to death for a skin cell usually takes around a month. Exfoliating simply means you’re removing this rough layer of dead skin cells.
But, why would you do that? Of course, you could just leave them there, but by doing so you’re missing out on a whole heap of benefits that come with the removal of old, tired, dead skin.
Benefits to exfoliating your skin
1. Improve the look and feel of your skin.
By gently buffing off the layer that sits on top, you’re allowing the young, fresh skin cells below to shine through! Allowing your skin to look and feel smooth, soft and plump. Depending on the area of your body this can improve the look of wrinkles, sagging, pigmentation or even cellulite to some extent.
2. Allow for better product absorption.
Why waste your beautiful, nourishing products on skin that’s about past its due date anyway? Exfoliating allows you to apply active ingredients to fresh, young skin cells, and allows for better penetration of the product down to the even younger cells that will show their faces in the weeks to come!
3. Improve acne and breakouts.
Acne prone skin has a tendency to be a lazy, meaning, it doesn’t shed away all this dead skin by itself. It needs a little helping hand to get the process going. What’s more, leaving these cells on your body can help provide a breeding ground for bacteria and oil to build up, causing a breakout. Do yourself and your skin a favour by helping the shedding process along.
4. Reduce the effects of ageing.
Some types of exfoliants (more on this later) can even help to improve the look of the signs of ageing such as pigmentation, fine lines, sagging, and more.
When to exfoliate
Back to my old favourite: No two skins are the same! Start with once a week, and see how your skin responds.
If you feel like its making no difference at all, up it to twice a week and see how you feel. Any more than this and you could be doing more damage than good. Exfoliating too often and too harshly can disrupt your skins natural protective layer.
All we want is to gently buff off the top layer of dry, lack-lustre cells that stop our skin from looking and performing its best!
How to exfoliate
Exfoliating usually consists of a gently abrasive ingredient that will polish away these cells that we want to rid our skin of. Whichever product you choose, make sure you’re super gentle when buffing away at your skin.
Botanik Boutique contains so many beautiful, gentle, nourishing products that you can choose from to exfoliate your precious skin. Most will come with their own directions on how to use them.
My favourite way to exfoliate is to make it into a ritualistic pamper session! My Sunday nights usually consist of a deep cleansing exfoliation, followed by a nourishing face mask with a cup of tea and a good book. Why not make a usually mundane task into a luxurious weekly treat I say!