Exfoliating your skin is vital, but what exactly does that mean? Exfoliation is simply the removal of dry skin cells. One way I’ve heard to check if you need to exfoliate is to place a piece of tape on your forehead and when removed, if there tiny pieces of dead skin, it’s time to exfoliate. In order to have healthy and glowing skin you need to exfoliate at least once a week. It truly transforms the skin.
As the colder months approach, most of us want to go heavy on the creams. When in fact if you skin feels dry, it is an indicator that you have dry skin buildup. The more you add lotions and cream, the more you are hydrating the dead skin.
At the moment I’m using exfoliator Dr. Brandt PoreDermabrasion.
Here are 4 reasons why you should exfoliate:
- Exfoliating not only strips away dead skin but it gets rid of oil. Be careful not to over exfoliate because you can irritate your skin.
- Control your acne. Besides nutrition, dead skin is one of the top reasons for those blemishes on your skin. It’s like giving bacteria a Thanksgiving feast with all that old skin. By allowing the extra skin to live on, you are producing excess follicle oils, ultimately leading to blemishes and black heads.
- Prevent wrinkles. I’m not sure why but lately, I’ve been obsessing with wrinkles and I’m not even close to 30! It must be the post-university life crisis. Exfoliating helps prevent fine lines and wrinkles. By taking the extra step to take care of your skin you are letting the new layer of skin breath and new skin through. The way it was explained to me was, to think of an elephant’s skin. An elephant doesn’t exfoliate and just lets layer upon layer of skin build up. It might seem like I’m exaggerating but in truth, it can and will happen to your skin if you don’t exfoliate. Perhaps not to that extent but you get the picture.
- Stop pores from growing. The longer you let dead skin sit on your face the more the dead skin will try to squeeze into the normal sized pores making more room to fit. It’s like squeezing into those skinny jeans that don’t fit anymore and eventually after tugging and pulling you fit into them. It’s the same thing the dead bacteria/skin is doing to your pores.
Hopefully, I scared you into exfoliating your skin tonight. Let me know what you will be doing differently.