Exfoliating gets stressed by most people serious about skin care. It helps in a great number of ways, but everyone has a friend that never exfoliates and seems to be fine. That friend is one of those rare people that somehow got inherited at least one really good aspect of their skin. Most of the rest of us need to exfoliate once or twice a week to keep our skin looking its best. There is a bit of confusion about exfoliation due to the fact that using it is a fairly varied experience for most people due to how often you exfoliate and the products you use being governed by skin types. OROGOLD has put together a quick overview of exfoliation’s place in skin care routines to help give you a clearer idea of the best way to use exfoliation.
Releasing Your Inner Glow
We’ve talked about the layers of the skin before and how they work. Your epidermis, the outermost layer of your skin, is layered as well. The absolute outer shell of your skin is composed strictly of a layer of dead skin cells that provide the first layer of defense against outside contaminants. This layer has a purpose, but the dead skin is a bit duller than fresher skin. It leads to a slightly subdued look for most, but particularly light-skinned people can actually look ill if they don’t exfoliate often enough. Exfoliation helps your body shed extra dead skin cells to reveal skin closer to the layer generating the skin cells. The newer skin is brighter and healthier looking. You do need to stagger how often you exfoliate though as you could potentially rub too much of the protective layer away and cause damage. You should only need to exfoliate once or twice a week if you have relatively normal skin.
Stimulating Your Skin
A smaller benefit of exfoliation is that most exfoliants require your to rub them into your skin. For physical ones, this is the main mechanism of action. Chemical ones benefit from it as a way to prompt your skin to absorb the exfoliant faster and the physical motions help promote the skin to shed. A less often touched on benefit is that massaging the exfoliant across your skin has the benefit of promoting greater circulation. This improves your skin health and appearance for a little while after exfoliating. Stimulating circulation in this way is particularly important as it benefits some products you may use as well by contributing to the benefits they provide to your skin. OROGOLD would like to highlight that this effect is magnified with products that help boost collagen production and as a result, you may wish to consider looking into proper techniques for massaging products into your face.
An Extra Dose of Cleanliness
Most of us use a number of products on our faces daily to get the best benefits. These are generally a mix of skin care and beauty products. We wash them off at the end of the day and put new ones on. They don’t fully go away though. Exfoliation’s other purpose in skin care is that it helps remove the product leftovers that can build up alongside the dead skin cells. Removing them helps improve the effectiveness of any products you use by reducing the amount of skin and substances that your products need to penetrate. This also makes exfoliation useful for preventing breakouts as it helps remove multiple kinds of build up. You’ve probably had to do a bit of extra cleaning for your hair before for the similar reasons. Exfoliation is just the skin care equivalent.
Exfoliation isn’t necessarily explicitly required in a skin care routine. It does play an important enough role that you should consider exfoliating routinely if you don’t already. It can boost your skin’s health in several ways and acts as a good companion to the products you already use. OROGOLD encourages you to discuss possible exfoliating routines with a skin care professional to figure out what will be best for your skin. It shouldn’t take long for you to feel a difference once you start exfoliating.