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Learn more about how important exfoliation is for your skin

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Regular exfoliation is a very important part of keeping your skin looking and feeling healthy. Ranging from gentle exfoliation a couple of times a week to more intense removal of the top layers of your skin, exfoliation goes a long way to helping you achieve the results you are looking for.

 

Why exfoliate?

By lifting and removing dead skin cells through physical exfoliation, you reveal fresh skin cells which will assist to removing any dullness that your complexion may have gained.

 

How often should you exfoliate?

You should exfoliate your skin once or twice a week depending on how it reacts. Different people have different skin sensitivity, start out gently and take it from there. During warmer weather you might do it slightly more often to keep it clean while in colder months you might do it less as the skin is drier in our Winter – it might become irritated and not as tolerant.

 

How do you know when you have exfoliated too much?

You will know that you have exfoliated too much when your skin becomes red and irritated. If you haven’t exfoliated enough, your skin will look dull and your skincare products will not be absorbed as efficiently.

 

Chemical vs Manual Exfoliation

Chemical exfoliation makes use of chemicals to remove dead skin cells and other impurities. Manual exfoliation is done using a cloth or similar textured surface to remove dead skins cells.

 

How to exfoliate?

You might need to try a few different methods before you find the one that works best for you and your skin. Gentle exfoliation done with a facecloth or muslin cloth can be done almost daily, just make sure that you use a clean facecloth to prevent the spread of bacteria which can cause breakouts. Scrubs also work well, just make sure that you follow the instructions and use them gently. When it comes to exfoliation, be gentle and take a ‘less is more approach’ so that you don’t irritate your skin.

 

When to opt for a chemical peel?

The frequency of chemical peels depends on their concentration of glycolic acid. The stronger they are, the less frequently they can be done.

 

DIY exfoliation

If you are looking for natural ways to exfoliate your skin, why not try some tried and tested home exfoliation techniques that you can use to help your skin look its best:

  • Raw, unprocessed honey is known for its topical antiseptic qualities because it has natural anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal propertie – Making it perfect for helping to treat acne. It’s also loaded with antioxidants, which can help your skin protect and repair itself, it has also been shown to reduce inflammation. Honey helps to speed up the natural exfoliation process and attracts moisture to your skin making it an ideal hydrating facial scrub.
  • Natural yogurt contains lactic acid, which is an alpha hydroxy acid (the same kind you’ll find in high-end skincare products) but at a concentration so mild it’s gentle enough to use on any skin type, face and body. Apply plain natural yoghurt to your skin and leave for 20 minutes to hydrate and exfoliate. It also soothes the skin while the lactic acid help to even out skin tone.
  • Oats are not only an excellent natural exfoliate, they have anti-inflammatory qualities and help to restore moisture to the skin.

 

Treat your skin to some DIY TLC

Leave your skin feeling soft and pampered with this easy recipe:

Finely grind one cup of oatmeal in a blender or food processor, then stir together with one cup of plain yogurt or buttermilk and two tablespoons of honey in a small bowl. Mix thoroughly until it becomes a smooth paste, and then apply the mixture to your face. Leave it on for 15 minutes, and then rinse with warm water.

Having a good skincare routine that you stick to is the key to having younger, healthier looking skin. Keep your skin clean with regular exfoliation and keep it hydrated and you’ll be amazed at what a difference it makes.

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