The Lesser-Known Benefits of Exfoliating

The Lesser-Known Benefits of ExfoliatingPhoto by Monstera

Anyone with even the most basic knowledge of skincare will know that exfoliating is an important step in your skin care routine, not just for your face but your whole body. Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells that have built up on the surface of the skin. It’s key in helping your skin stay clean and smooth.

There are two main types of exfoliators: chemical and physical. Chemical exfoliators, like glycolic acid, dissolve the bonds between dead skin cells allowing them to be cleared away. Physical exfoliators, like sugar, physically remove the dead skin cells from the surface of your skin.

However, while most people are aware that exfoliating is good, the majority of people don’t know the wealth of benefits that are associated with sloughing away those dead cells which are left on the upper surface of your skin. With this in mind, we are going to share with you five benefits of exfoliating that you may not have been aware of before today.

Exfoliating Prevents Acne

You’re probably aware of the fact that exfoliating can help to prevent blackheads and whiteheads but what you may not have realised is that it is also helpful in preventing acne. Regular exfoliation can help to keep acne at bay but it’s important to use a gentle chemical exfoliant such as Dermalogica FlashFoliant, as this will help to improve your skin texture and get rid of acne causing bacteria without irritating potentially sensitive skin.

It Makes Your Other Skincare More Effective

You may be surprised to learn that exfoliation can make your other skincare products work even more effectively. Things like serum and moisturiser will benefit from being used after an exfoliating product. That’s because exfoliation removes dead skin cells and other pore-clogging debris, allowing these moisturising products to penetrate more deeply into your skin. For example, using Elemis Superfood Blackcurrant Jelly Exfoliator before you apply your Decleor Antidote Serum will give you even better results!

Exfoliation Helps To Even Your Skin Tone

If you have uneven skin tone or hyperpigmentation, regular exfoliation is a must for keeping things under control. Vitamin C is a bit of a hero ingredient when it comes to brightening your skin, so Murad Vita-C Triple Exfoliating Facial is the perfect product. As well as being proven to smooth texture as effectively as a microdermabrasion facial in just one use, it will also help boost radiance, minimise the look of dark spots and uneven tone, and clear the way for better penetration of potent serums and treatments that follow.

It Helps To Reduce Puffiness

Exfoliating your skin can also have a knock-on effect on what’s going on under  your skin, too. Dry brushing is a type of exfoliation (using an Elemis Body Detox Skin Brush) and is excellent for exfoliating rough, dry skin. It also helps to increase blood flow and encourage lymphatic drainage, meaning that you get rid of any excess fluid that your body might be holding onto, which can contribute to puffiness.

Exfoliating Stimulates Your Skin’s Natural Collagen Production

Collagen is one of the most important building blocks in glowing, youthful skin. The protein also promotes skin elasticity, minimising the appearance of fine lines and related sagging. As we age, our skin starts to slow down its natural collagen production, which is what leads to the signs of ageing. Long-term exfoliating can increase collagen production and Elemis Dynamic Resurfacing Facial Pads are perfect for anyone with ageing skin who wants to get ahead of the curve.

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