Did you know that the very outer layer of your skin is actually dead skin cells? Your skin forms new layer of cells and the dead ones on the surface come off on their own. Whether you realize this or not, your skin does this everyday. Over time you can start to get a build up of old skin on the surface of your skin, resulting in skin that appears dull. Often this also leads to clogged pores, which causes the skin to breakout. This is why getting rid of the dead skin is essential to have healthy looking skin. Lets talk a little about the different forms of exfoliating.
Chemical exfoliants usually contain some form of mild acid, such as alpha hydroxy or salicylic acid. The acids work remove the dead skin cells. These actually come in different strengths and can be applied on their own, or in conjunction with an abrasive exfoliant.
Mechanical exfoliants this is also know as scrubs. The dead skin cells are physically rubbed off with an abrasive. Examples of mechanical exfoliation include a lofa sponge, a body scrub that might use sugar or coffee grounds, or sea salt scrub. Mechancial exfoliations or scrubs used for the face should always be round shaped small beads, because irregular shaped scrubs, such as crushed apricot etc, can cause microscopic cuts in the face.
Make this part of your skin care routine by using a mechanical exfoliant once a week. This will ensure your skin stays healthy looking and maintains that natural glow. Remember not to limit your exfoliating to just your face. Exfoliating can benefit all areas of your body. By removing the dead skin on your feet they will stay softer, smoother and be less likely to smell. Exfoliating the elbows and knees can help with eliminating the dry rough skin on them. So don’t forget to love the rest of your skin with a weekly mechanical exfoliant.
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