Why it's important to exfoliate
We’ve all heard of exfoliation, but how much do you know about its importance? Exfoliation is known to be an equally important step in our skincare routines as cleansing, applying a serum and moisturising. As the cooler months start to creep in, many of us start to experience dry and flakey skin and exfoliation is an important part of your skincare routine. Both your face and body benefit from regular exfoliation.
The skin is the largest and heaviest organ in and on the body. An organ is defined as a group of cells that work together to perform a specific function in an organism. It's easy to see how our skin is working all the time for us. So we should take good care of it. And part of doing so is exfoliating dead cells off.
"The natural path of our skin health is that the young cells sit down in the basal layer of the skin and they work their way up and as they do so they start to die. They die to form a barrier over your skin and they might look a bit dry because they are on the surface. If you exfoliate you will remove dead skin cells that contain chemicals that they pick up from the environment." says Professor Derek Richard, Ellus & Krue collaborator.
From around the age of 25, the process of cell regeneration becomes increasingly slower. This means that skin takes longer to shed dead skin cells sitting on the skin’s surface, often leading to a dull, uneven, lacklustre complexion. A build-up of dead skin cells can lead to clogged pores, in turn causing breakouts and acne. Exfoliation removes the barrier of dead skin cells clogging the skin and uncovers fresh new cells below.
Exfoliating also aids the absorption of your skincare products, through deeply cleansing and unclogging pores thus allowing products to penetrate deeper into the skin for optimum performance. A regular exfoliating routine will leave your skin looking fresh and healthy.
Some of the things you may notice from the skin that would benefit from exfoliation are:
- Rough appearance or texture
- Acne or other breakouts
- Uneven texture, tone
- Sun and age spots
- Having dry, flaky, irritated skin
Regular exfoliation can help to:
- Ward off the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Keeps skin soft, smooth, and glowing
- Keep pores clean and prevent clogging
- Absorb moisture into the skin and retain it
- Prevent ingrown hairs
- Reduce and prevent acne by removing bacteria that may be on your skin
Exfoliation also helps your largest organ renew faster by removing the dead wasted skin cells. Age, sun damage, and hormonal changes slow down your body's natural shedding process. Exfoliating helps you shed the dead skin cells faster.
Keep skin glowing, soft and healthy by exfoliating once a week, or twice a week for drier or more mature skin types.