We all want healthy, glowing skin. That’s like every girl’s dream.
But achieving it can be a challenge. Not all of us are blessed with porcelain skin, so we have no choice but to work on it (sometimes, a lot) to have it.
First off, maintaining healthy skin is not just all about skincare. Your lifestyle and diet play a huge part in it.
So even if you are religious to your skincare routine, if you keep consuming unhealthy food or sleeping late, then it won’t work.
But we will not focus on that. In this article, we will tackle one important skincare method that actually helps us achieve the glow.
And yep, it’s exfoliation.
We love what it does to our skin, but most often, we are doing it wrong. Read on to know the dos and don’ts of exfoliation.
WHAT IS EXFOLIATION?
Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells. Your skin naturally sheds dead skin cells every month. But as you age, the process gets slower, and not all dead skin will come off completely. And when this happens, it will result in clogged pores, dry & dull complexion, uneven skin tone, and acne breakout.
So whenever you exfoliate, these are the benefits your skin will enjoy:
It boosts skin radiance.
By removing dead skin cells, you are giving way to new cells to do their magic. Making your skin looks soft, brighter, and fresh. It unclogs the pores from stubborn dirt like blackheads or whiteheads, which inhibits breakouts as well.
It preps your skin.
Your skincare products cannot penetrate your skin if it is dry and dull. It’s like a barrier, preventing all the wonderful nutrients from being absorbed. A well-exfoliated skin will soak up all the good things from your favorite skincare products.
It stimulates collagen production.
If you are regularly exfoliating your skin and have been doing it for quite some time now, you are actually helping your skin produce more collagen. Collagen plays an important part in making your skin look young. It reduces the appearance of fine lines and sagging.
MECHANICAL VS CHEMICAL EXFOLIATION
There are two main types of exfoliation: mechanical and chemical. Growing up, we are not really properly educated on which is best for us. We sort of love experimenting and seeing if it works or not.
The problem with this is sometimes the mistakes we make are irreversible and can result in permanent damages. That instead of improving your skin, you are harming it. So it is most important to know about exfoliation, how to do it correctly, and what works best for your skin type.
Mechanical exfoliation is a method where you remove dead skin cells manually. Cleanser with microbeads or granules is categorized as physical exfoliators. Skincare tools like sponges, washcloths, loofas, or brushes are mechanical exfoliators, too.
But mechanical exfoliation is not for everybody, especially if you have hypersensitive skin. So, consider the pros and cons of mechanical exfoliation before you do it.
- It is effective in removing thick piled-up dead skin.
- It removes stubborn dirt and excess sebum.
- Safe from chemical burns.
- It can be abrasive and may result in micro-tears.
- Know your skin type. And then look for mechanical exfoliators that are gentle yet effective. Our personal favorite is C.S.M Konjac Sponges with C.S.M Renew. Made of natural ingredients, perfect for all skin types.
Chemical exfoliation uses natural or synthetic acids that help peel away dead skin cells. The most common chemical exfoliants are AHA, BHA, and Enzymes.
The most common AHAs used in skincare products are lactic acid and glycolic acid. These acids are derived from natural resources such as milk, fruit, and sugar. BHA or Beta Hydroxy Acid is a synthetic chemical exfoliant popularly known as salicylic acid. Last, enzymes are from natural fruits and are light and gentle.
- Over-the-counters chemical exfoliants are mostly gentle and safe to use.
- Most of the chemical exfoliants are made gentle, but too much use of them may cause chemical burns.
- Your skin type matters, too. If you have sensitive skin, exfoliants with BHA will work best for you. If you have normal skin, you can use either mechanical or chemical. If you have oily skin, mechanical exfoliants are the best. If you have acne-prone skin, AHA is your best pick.
The bottom line is, either mechanical or chemical, you have to consider your skin type. Exfoliating can be harmful if not done properly. Know your skin type, choose the correct products, and always be gentle to your skin.
Complete Skin Makeover advocates a clean and holistic yet luxury skincare approach. Most of our products are made of natural and organic ingredients that are ethically sourced out in the US.
We are on a journey to educate women in choosing the right products for their skin because they deserve nothing but the best quality ingredients. Knowing what you put in your skin is an integral part of keeping your skin healthy and strong. And having healthy skin is the foundation of a beautiful aging journey.