The main purpose of exfoliation is to remove any dead or dying skin cells from the skin’s surface. Exfoliation is an essential part of any skin care regime as it helps you achieve healthy, glowing skin. Exfoliating also plays a key role in eliminating certain skin problems, such as red or dark marks after breakouts, clogged pores and dry skin.
Most people are told from a young age that they should use acne preventing skin care products. These dry out the skin, consequently causing more breakouts, although they do also remove the bacteria that cause acne. After the removal of the acne causing bacteria, the actual breakout is no longer the problem; the main problem then becomes the marks that are left after the spot has healed. These marks can last long after the spot has gone and the only way to get rid of them is to exfoliate. The more you exfoliate, the more you are removing dead skin cells, which in turn remove the dead marks and also creates new healthy tissue to form.
Clogged pores are not spots and they do not cause spots, in fact they are blackheads that are caused by a build-up of oil in the pores. If you exfoliate you are removing the dead, dry skin cells which ultimately trap the oil in the pores – the more you do this means that less oil will become trapped.
Exfoliation is greatly important all year round, but even more so in the winter when skin becomes dry because of the weather. A lot of people think that plying on more moisturiser will help the problem when in fact it doesn’t. Dry skin means that there is a build-up of dry skin cells and the only way to remove them and make way for fresh new skin tissue is to exfoliate.
Dermalogica offers a huge range of exfoliants including a Daily Microfoliant – which is a powder that is suitable for daily use – Dermalogica Thermafoliant, which is especially good if you have particularly dry skin and Exfoliating Body Scrub for use during a relaxing bath. Just like clothes there’s an exfoliant for every occasion so clear up your dry skin with a Dermalogica favourite.