Exfoliation: The Answer to Healthy Skin
Cosmetic companies are always preaching the importance of exfoliation, and indeed it is. When you exfoliate your skin, you are removing dead skin cells. Removing dead skin is essential for healthy skin.
Since there are many skin types, the type of exfoliation and how often it should occur will vary. Regardless of your skin type, consistent exfoliation can be the simple solution to your skincare woes.
Healthy cell turnover
The first and most important reason exfoliation should be a part of your skin care regimen is that it promotes healthy cell turnover. Cell turnover is the process of shedding old skin and replacing it with new skin. It typically takes 30 days for new skin cells to reach the surface of the skin. If you aren’t removing dead skin on a regular basis, those layers build up and slow down the cell journey.
When dead skin cells build up on the surface of the skin, they can make the skin appear gray or ashy. Dullness is another culprit of insufficient exfoliation. While its not recommended to use an exfoliating scrub everyday, a mild chemical exfoliant can be used daily to make sure that your skin stays fresh and bright.
Exfoliation is a necessity when it comes to fighting breakouts. Pores are clogged by a combination of sebum (oil) and dead skin cells. Removing the dead skin cells on a regular basis prevents dead skin from getting trapped inside the pore.
In addition to the aforementioned perks of exfoliation, skin discoloration, fine lines and rough texture can also be improved with consistent exfoliation. So, whether it’s a physical exfoliant, like a scrub, or a chemical exfoliant, like alpha hydroxy/beta hydroxy acid, everyone can benefit from a little exfoliation.
By Dwhitney Emanuel