While some of us feel that daily cleansing of face is just sufficient, there are people on the other spectrum who view daily cleansing of face as the most basic skincare regime that you must not skip. Many of us finds that skin exfoliation is optional in their beauty regimen. However, it is just as important as flossing our teeth. In order for your face to look refined and youthful, exfoliation is a task you must not skip. By exfoliating regularly (not daily of cause, but weekly), you are removing the dead skin cells on the skin’s surface.
What is Exfoliation?
Exfoliation is the removal of the dead skin cells on your skin surface. It can be carried out by using abrasive scrubs on the skin or chemically, using a kind of acids that dissolve and remove the dead skin cells without scrubbing.
How often should you exfoliate?
Exfoliation should NOT be done daily as your skin needs a few days to renew and for new skin layer to form, and not to strip away too many of your natural oils. Once per week is sufficient – for both the face and body. Over-exfoliating can leave your skin dry, irritated, and damaged
Why is Exfoliation Important?
Cell regeneration slows down as we age. This means that our body take a longer time than before to shed the old skin cells and generate new ones. As old skin cells pile up on the surface of our skin, our skin will look dull, rough, and dry. Furthermore, the build-up of dead skin cells can result in excess oil and clogged pores, leading to blemishes and acne.
Proper skin exfoliation allows to remove the dead skin cells that are clogging your skin. It also allows your moisturising products to penetrate more deeply into the skin, which makes them more effective.
What is the Best Way to Exfoliate?
Depending on your complexion, health and sensitivity of your skin, choose the right type of exfoliation that suits your face (especially if you have sensitive skin or severe acne). It is recommended for you to use manual exfoliation on a regular basis (once a week) and chemical exfoliation for more intermittent use.
Choosing the exfoliating scrub is important as you don’t want the rough particles to scar or cause unnecessary injury of your skin. Choose one with smooth and round granules rather than jagged, rough particles. Be gentle with the scrub. Remember! You are scrubbing your delicate face, not your garments on the washing board.
For chemical exfoliation, choose peels and masks that contain alpha or beta hydroxy acids. These two acids provide a deeper level of exfoliation.
If you have sensitive skin, you may find it hard to find an appropriate mask suitable for your skin type that does not irritate your skin. You can look for more natural peels that contain fruit-derived enzymes.
DIY Exfoliating mask
- Take 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil and mix it with 1 tablespoon kosher salt. Gently rub on your face, avoid eye area. You can use it on your elbows and feet too.
- Grind 1 tablespoon of almonds and mix it with 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 egg white. Apply to the face and leave it for 15 minutes.
- Take 3 tablespoons of baking soda, 1 teaspoon of honey, 3-4 teaspoon of milk/ water, 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon and mix them together to apply on your face.