Your skin is constantly regenerating itself; shedding dead skin cells every day and renewing itself every 28 days. The average adult sheds 50,000 cells per minute. However, cells don’t always shed as easily as they should, and so you can help facilitate skin cell renewal by exfoliating and removing those stubborn dead skin cells.
It is important that you exfoliate in order to look after your skin. Regular exfoliation helps many skin types, including ageing, dry and breakout skin. Without regular exfoliation, the skin can appear dry and dull. What’s more, build up of dead skin cells can clog pores, leading to spots.
Exfoliation stimulates cell renewal rates by removing dead skin cells and debris on the skin’s surface, which makes way for new skin cells. Exfoliation will improve your skin’s texture, even your complexion, unclog pores, smooth wrinkles, give your skin more of a healthy glow and allow for sufficient moisturiser absorption.
It is recommended to pair one day of intense exfoliation with seven days of gentle exfoliation. Alternatively, for normal and combination skin, exfoliate 2-3 times a week, and once a week for sensitive skin. Work out which is best for your skin, and be careful not to over-exfoliate. Exfoliating too often leaves the skin dry, sensitive and damaged, as you remove new skin cells and strip the skin of its natural oils, which can also lead to spots.
Try these exfoliants to achieve expert exfoliation:
This exfoliant is gentle enough for daily use and exfoliates debris to leave the skin brighter and smoother, whilst stimulating cell renewal and more even complexion. Apply half a teaspoon into damp hands, rub hands together to create a paste, and massage gently onto the face for one minute before rinsing thoroughly. Follow with a toner and moisturiser.
Containing charcoal, sulphur, volcanic ash, sea salt, bamboo extract and hydroxy acids, this masque brightens and invigorates dull and tired skin. Apply to face and throat after cleansing. After 7-10 minutes, massage with wet hands and rinse thoroughly before following with a moisturiser.
This exfoliant thoroughly removes debris through chemical exfoliation. It prepares the skin for moisturiser absorption and speeds cell renewal rates. For best results use twice a week by applying onto cleansed skin and leaving for 10 minutes before rinsing.
For full body exfoliation, this exfoliant smoothes and energises the skin to revitalise the body.
Massage a generous amount into the body and lather before rinsing and drying. Follow with a hydrating cream for best results, as the scrub will prepare the skin for hydration absorption.
Have a go at some of these exfoliants and experiment with which exfoliating methods work for you. Exfoliation will transform your skin from dull, dry and blemished to smooth, young and fresh.