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Exfoliating steps & Useful Information

Exfoliating The Face

Regular face exfoliation is the best way to keep your skin clear and healthy looking. Exfoliating is skin treatments where the dead skin cells are sloughed off by a brush, sponge or by other means. Face exfoliation should be an integral part of your skin care. When you exfoliate your face you remove the dead surface skin cells and the oil that cause pored to plug and lead to problems like blackheads, whiteheads, pimples and acne. If you don’t remove these cells regularly they can clog the sebaceous pores and make your skin look dull and patchy.


Effective Exfoliation

Exfoliation is the name given to the process of removal of dead cells and surfacing of new layer of cells. It is an integral part of skin care and if applied correctly, will lead to young, glowing skin.


Need for exfoliation

Our skin has inbuilt process of removing dead cells which are replaced by new cells. But with age or due to some skin issues this process slows down and the skin becomes dull and problematic. To regain the same shine and youthful appearance, exfoliation is a mandatory regime. If it is done on regular basis, it will improve the skin renewal process and minimize the bad effects of sun rays, dirt and dead cells on the skin.


Benefits of exfoliation

The exfoliation process removes the grime and old dead cells from the skin. It helps in removing and preventing blackheads and whiteheads. The process declines the aging process and counters the ill effects of external factors. In the process, the blocked pores of the skin are opened allowing them to breathe. A new layer of skin then appears which is refreshing, healthier and radiant.


Types of Exfoliation

Manual Exfoliation

Chemical Exfoliation

Enzyme Skin Exfoliation


Manual Exfoliation

It is a manual method of cleaning and scrubbing the skin. For facial skin, a gentle washcloth is the right thing or an exfoliating scrub kit which is soft on the skin. A scrub which has finer grains so that skin is not irritated or damaged. You may use an electric face brush or exfoliating gloves or exfoliating pouches which contain face cleanser. Exfoliation of face should be done not more than twice a week. The manual exfoliation tools are suitable for normal skin. An acne prone skin may get worse if these tools are used. Also, manual tools are not suitable for sensitive skin. It is better to take a patch test before using.


Chemical Skin Exfoliation

The chemical skin exfoliation is suitable for acne prone skin. It can also cure the sun damaged skin. The normal skin types need not rely on chemical exfoliation. However, the dry skin will benefit from this type of exfoliation. The chemical exfoliation uses acidic chemicals such as alpha hydroxyl acids (AHA) and beta hydroxyl acids (BHA) to treat the sun damaged skin, dry skin and acne skin. The acids removes the useless dead cells and leaves the skin cleaner and healthier. These acids may be aggressive at times. Therefore the normal skin types and sensitive skin types should give it a miss. Exfoliation, specially the chemical ones should be conducted by a dermatologist or esthetician. Enzyme Skin Exfoliation.

The sensitive skin types can also reap the benefits of exfoliation. The enzyme skin exfoliation is the right choice for such skin. Like chemical exfoliation, it does not involve scrubbing as this will worsen the skin. The ingredients which are found in Olive oil are utilized to break up the dead cells and impurities. The result is younger looking radiant complexion of skin.


Essential information on exfoliation

For different parts of body, there are different tools to exfoliate. Never use bodies exfoliate for facial skin. It may cause damage to the face.

For chest and back, one can opt for loofah or body scrub to get new layer of skin. But do not rub vigorously.

Body parts like feet, elbows and knees have hard skin and require something more abrasive like pumice stone.



How to use

1. Step One: Cleanse your face

Cleanse your face using a mild cleanser to remove the impurities and the residue of makeup.


2. Step Two:  Apply the exfoliating cleanser

Wet your face and apply an exfoliating cleanser, designed for the face, or sprinkle it onto a sponge or brush.


3. Step Three:  Scrub your face

Scrub using gentle circular motions, avoiding the eye area because the skin is very delicate and can be easily damaged by abrasive products.


4. Step Four:  Rinse & Pat dry your face

Rinse your face thoroughly with lukewarm water and pat it dry.


5. Step Five:  Apply an exfoliant mask

Apply an exfoliating mask – it will bring a glow to your skin and nourish it.


6. Step Six:  Apply Moisturizer

At the end don’t forget to apply moisturizer or nourishing face cream.



The Benefits:

  • Speed up the process of skin flaking and shedding
  • Improve your complexion
  • Make your skin look brighter and feel smoother
  • Encourage the growth of new skin cells
  • Increase blood circulation
  • Brings a glow to your face
  • Improve skin texture and color
  • Remove skin blockages
  • Allow your face to maintain an adequate amount of oil
  • Gives the impression of erasing fine lines and wrinkles
  • Keep your skin clear and healthy looking
  • Stimulate cellular renewal
  • Prevent breakouts
  • Remove toxins from your skin
  • Skin preparations are absorbed more easily


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