Out with the old, and in with the new. This very saying best describes the process of exfoliation. Did you know that our bodies naturally shed approximately 35,000 skin cells every minute? So it’s only natural that during this process, some of the dead skin cells in addition with our own natural oils get stuck to our skins surface, eventually clogging our pores, causing acne, blackheads and making your skin appear dull. So how can ensure that our skin breaths properly and shines its brightest? None other than incorporating exfoliation into our skin care routine!
A healthy level of exfoliation within your skin care routine does much more than just removing dead skin cells and unclogging pores; it brightens your skin tone allowing your new skin cells to shine, it smoothens and softens your skin, and it allows all of your other skin care products to better penetrate the skins surface allowing EVERYTHING to work better! Talk about helping you get your monies worth on those serums and ampules. Exfoliation helps to promote better blood circulation, and can improve color and elasticity, while at the same time reducing the appearance of scars. As we age, our skins ability to shed and replace also slows down. Exfoliation helps to combat the slowing of this process and a number of its effects, making exfoliation even more important as we age.
All of those above points sound good and helpful, right? However, too much exfoliation and too rough exfoliation is also not good for your skin. Exfoliation can also cause excessive dryness, especially if you don’t have naturally oily skin. So its important that you moisturize afterwards. It can damage healthy cells while removing dead skin cells and have them lose the ability to retain moisture. Exfoliating brushes are often EASILY used in excess of what was necessary to remove dead skin and unclog pores, causing inflammation and hyper-pigmentation. It can make your skin hot to touch, and become itchy.
If you already have a certain degree of acne, you will find that exfoliation is not the only key to becoming acne free, but a healthy diet and proper acne treatment plan is also necessary. Exfoliation does help for attaining and maintaining a bright and clear skin tone, but it is only one of many essential steps to becoming acne free. Exfoliating after sun damage is an absolute no – no. While your skin has already received sun damage and is inflamed, using anything abrasive is the last thing you want to do. What we had found was that the best method that gained the benefits from exfoliation, without the drawbacks was through gentle exfoliation. Gentle exfoliation could be performed more often than rough exfoliation causing less or no damage to the skin.
We really did our best at understanding the needs of our skin while designing SKINTOWEL’s exfoliating shower towel and exfoliating facial mitt. Materials were used in both products which help perform gentle exfoliation without irritation and other drawbacks caused by rough exfoliation. Our exfoliating shower towel is made up of a squarrose surface that permits gentle exfoliation without the scratchy feeling of a rough exfoliant and can be used daily. Our exfoliating facial mitt is made up of a micro loop structure which gently lifts out the oils and dirt while unclogging pores, but, because of the fact that the skin on our face is more sensitive than the skin on our bodies, this glove should only be used 2-3 times weekly. In addition to using materials which apply gentle exfoliation, we also infused those materials with two naturally enhanced options; Green Tea and Activated Charcoal. Green tea is a natural antioxidant that helps with soothing inflammation, reducing acne and neutralizes free radicals found in our skin. Activated charcoal is a natural antibacterial product which aids with giving a deep cleanse, helping with the removal of dirt, oil and toxins. These properties in combination with our exfoliating shower towel and exfoliating facial mitt became our solution to your exfoliation needs.
Exfoliation is an essential step within every good skin care routine, however it must be performed properly and is beneficial to our skin when not done in excess. Using products that feel rough and irritate your skin may feel like they work better, however the excess of force is not necessary to remove dead skin, oils and dirt. After exfoliating, rinse yourself with cool-cold water to help tighten your pores. After exfoliating your face, use a toner then apply a moisturizer. When you exfoliate or use any products on your skin, your skin communicates back by giving signs, and its up to us whether or not we choose to observe, listen and react to what our skin is trying to tell us.