Exfoliation of the Skin
It is normal for our skin to exfoliate, that is, slough the dead skin cells regularly. It’s a physiological process that happens on its own. But does that mean you don’t have to look after it? No. Sometimes, the skin needs your assistance in the process of exfoliation.
It cannot do it on its own. It is truer in case of oily skin that secrete oily products which makes it hard for the exfoliation of the unwanted dead skin cells, whereas if you are granted with the dry skin, the dead cells can accrue on your skin, darkening and dulling the skin.
And thus, they need to be exfoliated manually!
Skin exfoliation will remove the top-layered dead cells revealing the inner living cells, giving you a natural glow. Removal of the dead skin cells will expose the finer living cells that are more efficient in absorption of moisture, thus limiting the effects of ageing and other skin problems too.
Now, exfoliation is a tricky process. Our skin cells shed themselves after every 2-4 weeks and thus, exfoliation at the right time can improve the skin health and complexion immensely but an irregular skin exfoliation process can make your skin rough and dry. But don’t think exfoliation is the way out. Incorrect exfoliation can make your skin lacerated inflamed skin. That’s definitely what you don’t want. So knowing the right way to exfoliate is very important.
There are basically two types of exfoliation: mechanical and chemical. The mechanical exfoliation methods use agents that have grits on them, aiding in the process of abrasion of the skin. They are the regular loofahs, washcloths or scrubs. Another one is the chemical exfoliation process. This basically involves gels, crèmes and ointments. They are normally used after the used of the mechanical exfoliating agents and they should always be followed up with sunscreen if you are going out. Remember, the exfoliation process leaves the young inexperienced skin cells to encounter the atrocious and heartless sun when you are going out. They generally consist of alpha or beta-hydroxide acids and salicylic acids.
The right way to exfoliate is to take some exfoliating cleanser, apply it on the skin, rub it on with a scrub or a mask and rinse it thoroughly. After it is done, follow it with a good moisturizer. It should be noted that products meant for face should be used on face.
That’s all about exfoliation of the skin.