Exfoliation is the process of removing and peeling off dead skin cells from the outer layer of the human skin. Exfoliating benefits include a healthy, smoother and younger looking skin. It also helps to remove dead skin that clogs pores which in turn allow your skin to breathe and prevent acne, pimples, blackhead and whiteheads from breaking out. Research also states that buffing and gently removing dead skin cells can also help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
So what are the long term benefits of exfoliating? Proper care and exfoliation will help you look younger and have a much healthier skin. Exfoliation may be achieved in two ways, through chemical procedure or mechanical way. Chemical procedure involves the use of products that contain special type of acids like salicylic acid and fruit enzymes while mechanical way of exfoliating involve the use of loofahs, exfoliating gloves, towels and other accepted abrasive materials intended for skin care.
So how often should you exfoliate and is it beneficial for all skin types? According to research exfoliation routine differs from people to people and depends on their skin types. Firstly, the skin does undergo natural exfoliation, and exfoliating mechanically or chemically helps in achieving the optimum exfoliation that our skin needs, although people with dry skin should limit using exfoliating products especially the chemical ones since it would just aggravate the skin even more, although they can still exfoliate once in a while with the use of soft towels or soft brush, gently scrub with a circular motion and wash away with warm water, and use mild cleansing products or just wash with warm water plus ending it with cold water without any soap which is enough, to avoid irritation and rashes from the cleansing products especially if your skin is sensitive, ending by washing cold water will help in closing the pores. After washing and mildly exfoliating apply some moisturizer as the absorption of skin is optimized after exfoliation. Exfoliating for dry skin can be done once every two to three weeks.
Exfoliation on the other hand for people with oily skin is very beneficial and can be done regularly at least twice or once a week. It helps in removing dead skin cells, germs and oil that have accumulated and it helps in reducing the production of sebum or skin oil. Exfoliation for teens and young people should also be limited, as it will have a bad effect on your skin in the long run. To summarize it, exfoliating is good once in a while, do it once every one two weeks to avoid irritating the skin.
Exfoliating benefits with the use of abrasive materials such as towels, loofahs and brush is safer than using products containing acids; if you opt to use chemical products make sure to consult your skin doctor to be safe.