Thursday, 6 November 2014

Why Should You Exfoliate

Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate.... a word we have all heard many times over.

We are told we need to do this several times a week, but why?
To better understand why, we first need to understand what it is.

Exfoliating is the process of removing the dead layer of skin cells of the epidermis, which encourages your live skin cells which are in your dermis, to turnover and refresh your skin's appearance.

Our skin is constantly generating new cells in the dermis for the purpose of replacing the old dead ones up in the epidermis. One of the downfalls of aging is that our cell generation process slows down. Our skin becomes uneven with dry patches and becomes dull with a lack of luster in its appearance.

Exfoliating removes the dead, reveals the new cells which restores your skins clarity and brightness.

We all need to exfoliate, every one of us!

Why, because we all want the benefit or smooth skin with increased circulation.
But just because we all need to exfoliate, we all do not need to exfoliate the same way. Some people can tolerate more aggressive exfoliation's while others need a more gentle process. Testing a small area first will determine your sensitivity to the process, try the skin of your inner arm to gauge your sensitivity.
The older your skin is the thinner and more sensitive it can be, so monitor your skins reaction.

Now that you understand and agree that you should exfoliate, we ask the question what is the best way?
  There are two typical ways to exfoliate: Chemical or manual.

  • Manually exfoliating is using a scrub, wash cloth, or a brush.
  • Chemically exfoliating is using a product that contains an Alpha Hydroxy Acid or enzyme, which breaks the hold that the dead skin cells have on your skin.

Even though we should all do it, it is possible to over-exfoliate. Over-exfoliating can lead to irritation, sensitivity and dryness to due loss of moisture... so pay attention to what your skin is telling you.

Howard Murad, M.D. recommends using a combination of a brush for your body (prior to bathing/showering) and a chemical for your face.

Whichever you decide works best for you, remember to put your best face forward.

referenced from an article by:
Howard Murad, M.D., FAAD, a world renowned skincare expert and founder of the Inclusive Health movement.

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