Why you should start exfoliating, right now
Ever wondered if there was a way to give your skin an instant glow? It's time you got into exfoliation - we caught up with expert beauty therapists to find out why.
What's it all about?
Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells from the surface the skin, to reveal fresh, healthy cells beneath. As we age, our skin needs more help to shed dead cells and regenerate new cells.
If we do this regularly, our skin feels much softer and smoother. Products have now advanced from abrasive creams to include chemical exfoliators that gently, sensitively remove the skin's top layer without leaving your complexion sore.
How does it work?
While every area of your body can benefit from exfoliation, each needs a different approach. For example, as your face is a sensitive area, it will need to be treated more gently than the rest of your body - this is true for the eye area in particular.
To do this, open your pores first by placing a hot cloth over your face, then follow up by massaging a light exfoliator into your skin using a circular motion. Exfoliating the body is simpler, and can be done in the shower; choose a loofah or body brush to reach your shoulders and back, and brush all over using the same circular motion you used on your face. When you're done, moisturise to leave your skin soft and smooth.
What's great about it?
An important step in your skin care routine, exfoliation is the best way to keep your skin clean and healthy. It's also a great way to combat enlarged pores; they appear bigger than usual when clogged, so exfoliation is a useful way to clean and refresh them. Plus, exfoliation encourages blood flow which gives your face a healthy, youthful glow.