Before we dive into the importance of exfoliation and the benefits that it provides our skin, let’s take a step back to the basics and gain an understanding of what exfoliation really means.
To put it into simple terms, exfoliation refers to the process of removal of dead skin cells on the skins surface. According to studies, we shed between 0.03 and 0.09 grams of skin every hour, it might not sound like a lot but over our lifetime this adds up to almost 35kg. Our skin sheds those dead cells to make room for new ones. However, shedding does not always guarantee that all skin is removed, and many times dead skin cells are left behind and can result in dry, flaky patches and clogged pores. This brings us to the next step, as to why exfoliation is important.
Benefits of Exfoliating
Exfoliation can benefit your skin in many ways, according to The American Academy of Dermatology, when done right, exfoliation can leave your skin looking brighter and improve the absorption of your skincare products. Ok, this might be appealing to you, or it may be not, perhaps brighter skin is not one of your concerns. Well luckily it does not stop just there, exfoliation has tones of amazing benefits, here are some of our top 5.
- Regular exfoliation can prevent clogged pores as it removes dry skin and other debris that can remain on your skin after cleansing, resulting in fewer breakouts and preventing whiteheads and blackheads.
- By exfoliating your skin regularly, you encourage cell renewal as old dead cells are replaced with healthy new ones, giving your skin a more radiant and brighter complexion.
- Exfoliation can boost circulation as it helps to stimulate blood flow. When blood flow is improved, this results in an increase of collagen production which is great news for skin that is losing elasticity due to the natural signs of aging.
- More flawless makeup application, as we all know, makeup sits a lot better on skin that is smooth and polished. Also, exfoliating your body prior to self-tanning, allows the tan to develop flawlessly.
- Last but not least, regular exfoliation can even the skin tone. Whether its for dark spots, hyperpigmentation, or acne scars, exfoliants can help to liberate dead skin cells, revealing a fresh new layer of radiant skin.
Let’s hope that we persuaded you and now you are bursting with excitement to make a new purchase for a brand new exfoliant. Before we go on and begin showing you how amazing our products are and why you should be picking them, let us explain the types of exfoliants that there are and the benefits of using them.
This involves the use of a granular scrub that contains some sort of rough material such as grains, and when applied to the skin it physically buffs away the layer of dead skin cells. Simply start by washing your face with a regular cleanser, then take a pea sized amount of chosen exfoliator, apply to skin using circular motions and remove with cloth and water.
Pros: They are super easy to use, inexpensive and some physical exfoliators can be ideal for scars and wrinkles as they stimulate circulation.
Cons: If done incorrectly it can lead to micro tearing if used too forcefully, especially if have sensitive skin.
Don’t let the word ‘chemical’ scare you off these amazing exfoliants. Chemical exfoliants are simply acids that get rid of dead skin cells by dissolving it rather than scrubbing it off. Most of these acids have natural sources such as citrus fruits and tend to go deeper within the skin that physical exfoliants.
The most common types of chemical exfoliants are:
- AHA (Alpha-Hydroxy Acids) like lactic or glycolic acids that are water-soluble. These are your go to if your concern is to improve texture, pigmentation, fine lines/wrinkles, and pores.
- BHA (Beta-Hydroxy-Acids) such as salicylic acid and these are oil-soluble, meaning that they can penetrate deeper into pores and dissolve excess sebum that can sometimes mix with dead skin cells and bacteria that cause blemishes. BHA’s should be your go to if you are looking to tackle blackheads, spots, and oiliness.
Pros: Can help with long-term results and considered safer than physical exfoliants due to no abrasion which can decrease the risk of damaging skin.
Cons: Exfoliants with high concentration of acids can have a higher risk as can cause unwanted side effects such as rashes, dryness, and irritation, specifically on sensitive skins.
Skinfull Top Picks:
Ecooking Peel Mask
An effective mask with peeling effect, tightens and smoothens your skin. The mask contains active ingredients that will exfoliate dead skin cells and boost cell productions. The Peeling Mask decreases the appearance of creases and wrinkles and at the same time it gives the skin a smooth and fresh glow. The Peeling Mask is really effective and since it contains a lot of active ingredients, it's important that you read the instructions before use.
Ecooking Peeling Mask has a pH value of 3.5 and contains several active ingredients e.g. lactic acid, also known as AHA acid.
Vegan and dermatologically tested.
This regenerating anti-wrinkle serum is the ideal overnight treatment to refine, refresh and revitalize the complexion. Its powerful blend of 15% fruit acids and 8% free acids, including Glycolic Acid and Lactic Acid, gently resurfaces the skin in a healthy, balanced manner.
It is infused with Mimosa tenuiflora, rich in amino acids, and beech bud peptides help stimulate cell renewal as a soothing complex of hyaluronic acid, aloe vera, and panthenol (vitamin B5) hydrate and comfort the skin to ameliorate the exfoliating effects of the natural acids.
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Up Circle Coffee Face Scrub- Herbal Blend
This is a physical coffee face scrub formulated for oily and combination skin with rosemary, thyme, petitgrain and tea tree essential oils. A powerful antibacterial and antiseptic, rosemary oil helps keep whiteheads, blackheads and acne away whilst thyme has strong antibacterial and antimicrobial properties which help against acne and spots.
Buff away dry, dead cells to leave you feeling soft, smooth and glowy. Blended with shea butter to nourish the skin post-scrub. Reused, repurposed, reloved. This scrub is made with top-quality Arabica coffee grounds sourced from artisan coffee shops.
This is the perfect solution for those who are looking for a gentle physical exfoliant as it combines manual and chemical exfoliation to remove dead skin and debris from the surface of the skin.
Our pampering peeling gel exfoliant is a 4-in-1 facial peel that possesses an extraordinary exfoliating, clarifying, hydrating, and balancing effect in one. Composed of 94% ingredients of natural origin, the soft, non-irritating exfoliant is supremely gentle, rendering it perhaps the best exfoliator for sensitive skin. It‚ the perfect soft-peeling option to give dry or sensitive skin a healthy glow‚ and is especially recommended for those experiencing visible redness.
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Yon-Ka’s gently exfoliating scrub is free of harsh particles to polish the complexion without causing micro-tears that can damage the skin barrier and disrupt the delicate microbiome. Composed of 96% ingredients of natural origin including a botanical complex of 11 active plant extracts to soothe, detoxify and exfoliate skin.
A mild, organic blend of rice bran powder and guarana seed, naturally rich in caffeine and amino acids, buffs away dead surface skin cells to enliven the complexion.
Lemongrass and Coffee Body Scrub
Let us not forget the importance of regular exfoliation on our body too, this includes hands, feet, legs, arms, etc. UpCircle’s Lemongrass and Coffee Exfoliating Body Scrub with sea salt, lime and coconut oil is the perfect go to body scrub. It buffs away dry, dead cells to leave you feeling soft, smooth, and refreshed. Blended with Shea butter to moisturise the skin post-scrub.
This scrub is infused with lemongrass, lime, and coconut essential oils to transport you to tropical paradise. Best of all, it reused, repurposed, reloved. This scrub is made with top-quality Arabica coffee grounds sourced from artisan coffee shops.
Still not sure which exfoliation method is most suited for your skin type? Why not drop us an email and and talk to one of our skincare experts.