When Egyptians started an ancient method to exfoliate their skin using wine and tartaric acid as the active agent centuries ago, they were already trendsetters of their time. Although we don’t recommend their methods in modern times, they surely knew what they were doing if they wanted to achieve youthful and vibrant looking skin. But should we exfoliate? Is there really a necessity to?
Here, we share our top 5 benefits of exfoliating and why it is just as important as cleansing:
1. Exfoliating helps remove dead skin cell buildup
Our skin regenerates every 27 days. Which means there could be countless layers of old skin cells lying on top of newer, younger skin layers. When you exfoliate, you flush away these older skin cells and dirt that has accumulated in your pores will also be scrubbed away. This can help prevent acne or pimples that are caused by bacterial infection. Your pores can also appear to diminish in size as the dirt is removed from your pores.
2. Improved skin texture after exfoliation
Furthermore, exfoliating these dead cells away will help our skin renewal process to speed up and make way for newer skin cells below. The result is younger, softer, smoother, and more supple skin.
3. Exfoliating aids in skin hydration
After exfoliation, your skin is better able to absorb moisturisers as your pores are clear and more receptive to water molecules. Any water-based moisturisers or hydrators will be able to absorb into your skin much more easily, resulting in your skin looking more supple and smooth.
This also applies to your skincare products too; the benefits of your skincare products can be absorbed easier and deeper into your skin. Thus, you can get more from your products and be able to see the results easier.
4. Exfoliating helps fade acne scars
As mentioned before, scrubs and exfoliating helps in promoting skin cell turnover. Which means? Mild to moderate discolorations and acne scars can diminish over time as healthier skin resurfaces.
5. Maintain youthful skin
As much as we wish time could stand still, it unfortunately doesn’t. As we age, our skin ages as well – it becomes less supple and elastic. It will also become drier, causing lines and wrinkles to appear easier. When you exfoliate, you are clearing away the dead cells accumulated over the years, and your skin has a chance to look radiant, maintaining its youthful glow.
Knowing what exfoliation is about is important but knowing how to exfoliate is even more important. Try to exfoliate at least once a week, especially before you use any types of sheet masks or serums, so as to elevate your skin’s ability to absorb the active ingredients in your sheet masks and serums. Choosing a good exfoliator is important as a wrong one could cause disastrous reactions to your skin.
If you’re looking for effective exfoliators, we recommend Gentle Exfoliator for a combination of chemical and physical exfoliation that can gently slough off dead skin cells from pores while refining your skin texture and give a boost of hydration.
If you have sensitive skin or not too into the nitty-gritty feeling, our new Daily Exfoliator 2% BHA is capable of cleansing deep into your pores while moisturising and strengthening your skin defence against environmental pollutants, while being a lightweight, non-abrasive liquid formulation.
If you want the benefits of exfoliation with professional results, our Matricol Refiner Treatment is highly recommended. It is a skin peel exfoliation, where unique ingredients like Gluconolactone can be applied even on those with sensitive skin. Gluconolactone is a polyhydroxy acid that is derived from gluconic acid and targets to improve all signs of aging. You can benefit from a significant reduction in fine lines and improved radiance, leading to a brighter skin glow. And if that’s not enough, we pair it with one of the best grade collagen used in the aesthetic field, where your skin can receive the much needed proteins to keep it healthy and youthful.
Exfoliate today – your skin will surely thank you for it!