Why exfoliation is so important
As we age, our cells regenerate slower, which can cause a build-up of old, dull skin cells. This build-up of dead skin may leave you feeling dry and flaky, and your skin may start producing more oil, leading to clogged pores and breakouts. These issues are a problem particularly over summer, where humidity drives excess sunblock and sweat further into pores, while extra sun exposure, chlorine and saltwater can dehydrate the skin. Exfoliation helps remove that top layer of dead skin cells, oil, dirt and deeper grime to reveal the fresh cells underneath. As a result, your skin will look more radiant, your skincare will be more effective and your makeup will look more natural!
Regularly exfoliating can help brighten, smooth, soften fine lines and wrinkles, and reduce pigmentation. It can also be effective at helping reduce acne scars from those hormonal teenage years!
This month we are featuring the Skye Candle & Body Care Crystal Clay Masque, a luxurious Masque combining Rhassoul Clay, Kaolin Clay and finely ground Quartz crystals to purify and detox while buffing and polishing the skin. So sign up before the end of October to get this Masque along with the other gorgeous October Glow treats.
Types of exfoliation
Exfoliation is typically done through ground salt, sugar, coffee or even crystals, like the clay masque in this month's box. You can also exfoliate through ‘dermaplaning’, a popular spa treatment, using a surgical blade to gently shave off the surface layer of vellus hair, grime, and dead skin. You can also try chemical exfoliants, brushes and much more!
How often should I exfoliate?
The frequency of exfoliation depends on your skin and the type of exfoliation technique used. For example, suppose you have dehydrated skin. In that case, you may only want to exfoliate once a week with a standard scrub exfoliator or else you could irritate or further dehydrate your skin. A great way to help this is by following up with a hydrating serum, moisturiser and facial oil over the top to replenish and lock in hydration.
If your skin is normal or oily, you can exfoliate up to 2-3 times a week, but again, get a feel for your skin and make sure you aren’t overdoing it!
If you are combining several exfoliation techniques, just make sure to leave at least 2-3 days in between sessions as overdoing it could make your skin irritated and inflamed, and you won’t be building up dead skin that fast!
We recommend exfoliation techniques like dermaplaning every 2-4 weeks, as this is how long it takes for the vellus hairs to grow back and cells to renew, and it is a slightly more intensive technique. Find out more about dermaplaning and the Pera 'Forget Fuzz Razors' going in our October Glow Box here.