The Art of Exfoliation: Your guide to healthy, glowing skin - Part 1

It’s a skincare staple. It’s how celebs keep their goddess ‘glow on'. And like most beauty bloggers say - It is E V E R Y T H I N G! In India, exfoliation isn’t a new concept. It’s a skincare hack that has been passed down from generations. Enter, the infamous Haldi-besan face pack that your mum’s been raving about. Sound familiar? 

Exfoliation is a buzzword in beauty right now. And for good reason.

With beauty experts raving about it we decided it was time to unravel the science behind this skincare enigma. Your skin will thank you, trust us. 

What is exfoliation? 

Exfoliation is an essential step in one’s skincare routine which involves getting rid of dead cells on the surface of the skin. In a roughly 30-day cycle, your skin naturally starts to shed dead cells to make room for new ones. But sometimes, it might not do the best job and leave dead cells behind. When you exfoliate you hurry up and finish up the job and ensure that the problem does not persist again. 

Why is it an important addition to your skin routine?

As you get older, skin shedding slows down. This can result in dry, itchy, flaky skin and clogged pores. The dead skin cells not only block skincare products from properly absorbing into the skin but also prevent the smooth application of makeup. Exfoliation accelerates the process of skin shedding by breaking down the glue that holds dead skin cells together. As it eliminates dead cells, it brings new and healthier cells to the surface. Younger cells hold water more efficiently and allow skincare products to penetrate better. 

What is the right way to exfoliate your skin?

There are two main methods of exfoliation: physical and chemical. While they both share the same goal, they are quite different from each other. 

Physical/Mechanical Exfoliation: This technique requires the use of grainy scrubs and exfoliating brushes to remove your dead skin cells. 

Benefits: Leaves skin feeling matte and oil-free; stimulates circulation; addresses flaky skin and improves texture, 

Drawbacks: Scrubbing too hard can cause microtears; larger granules in a scrub can irritate the skin. 

Chemical Exfoliation: This method involves utilizing agents such as AHAs, BHAs, or enzymes that get rid of dead cells on the skin's surface.  

This type of exfoliation is more effective than physical exfoliation methods but can irritate the skin if used incorrectly. 

Benefits: Good for sensitive skin; Penetrates skin layers deeper than physical exfoliators; Better absorption of other skincare products; unclogs pores, firms skin, and reduces hyperpigmentation 

Drawbacks: If used incorrectly can cause adverse reactions such as rashes or irritation; requires research before use

Exfoliation treatments

Aside from physical and chemical exfoliants, there are a bunch of other cosmetic procedures that address exfoliation. Some of these include chemical peels, microdermabrasion, dermaplaning, and laser resurfacing treatments, etc. It is always advisable to consult with a dermatologist or do your due diligence before investing in exfoliation treatments. 

Choosing the right exfoliant for your skin type

It is important to note that one size does not fit all when it comes to exfoliation. The general rule of thumb is to use physical exfoliants for oily/combination/dry skin types, while chemical exfoliants can be used by all skin types. At Clean Beauty Booth, we recommend using mild physical exfoliants with natural ingredients and smooth uniform granules that will leave your skin feeling squeaky clean. 

How do you know if you are over-exfoliating? 

With every skincare regime, there’s always the risk of overdoing it. Generally, the skin should be exfoliated between one-two times a week to expedite cell turnover without causing any damage. If you’ve been slathering on exfoliants daily and experience signs of irritation, redness, or inflamed skin, chances are your skin is begging for a break. 

Exfoliation delivers healthy skin when done correctly. But if overdone it can cause more harm than good. If you have acne-prone skin, read part two of our blog to learn more about physical exfoliation for sensitive skin types. Now go on and get to exfoliating already! 

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