Geena tells us about the importance of exfoliation.


Exfoliation is a skincare therapy in which the outer layers of dead skin cells are gently sloughed off with the use of a product. Any area of the skin can be exfoliated, but its important to use products intended for different parts of the skin and types. By speeding up the skins natural process of shedding dead skin cells, exfoliation helps to prevent pimples, white head and blackheads to reveal a glowing complexion.



A simple test you can do at home is to take a piece of clear tape and apply it on your forehead, rub gently and remove. Look at the tape and if there are little pieces of flaky skin, then you need to exfoliate.



FOR CLOGGED PORES: Clogged pores are usually blackheads, whiteheads and clogged bumps on the facial skin. The more you remove surface dead skin cells, the less oil will stay trapped and congested in the pores. 


FOR HYPERPIGMENTATION: These are the brown spots that come from age, pregnancy, hormonal changes and harsh products. exfoliation is beneficial for breaking up the pigmented cells to allow them fade. 


FOR DRY SKIN: So often when the skin is dry, we tend to load on heavier creams such as body butters and oils to compensate for the dryness. But dry skin means there is a dry skin build up and the more you are trying to layer on the heavier cream, the more the build up of dead skin cells. Instead, exfoliate to remove existing dry skin cells and moisturise afterwards with a light lotion or body oil for a moister skin.


FOR SMOOTHER SKIN: One way to instantly get a smooth and softer skin is to exfoliate. When you get rid of the dead skin cells , you create a smoother appearance.


HOW OFTEN SHOULD I EXFOLIATE? Generally no more than 3 times a week depending on the sensitivity of the skin. First, a chemical  or acid exfoliant does the work for you. You apply it and leave it on the skin for some minutes, and it works to dissolve the dead skin cells. These exfoliants includes ingredients such as glycolic acid, lactic acid, malic and salicylic acids and enzymes such as papaya and pineapple.

Secondly, a physical exfoliant means you or a professional has to do the work. These exfoliants includes facial brushes, loofah, facial and body scrubs. A combination of both physical and chemical exfoliants will give your skin the best results.


How Does A Person Know If They Are Getting Too Much Exfoliation? If you use a facial scrub and your skin turns red and feels irritated afterwards, it probably means that the grains used in the scrub are too large or it was applied with too much pressure on the face. If you are using chemical exfoliants-and your skin starts to dry out, you may be removing too much of the skins protective barrier, allowing moisture to escape. 


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