How to Exfoliate Your Skin (and Why It’s So Important)

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The following post is a guest post from the talented Amy Mia, contributor at highstylife.com!

You must have heard about exfoliating by now, and if you don’t know much about it, the whole thing sounds kind of scary. You do what? Strip away a layer of your skin? God, why? How? Do you use sandpaper? Is this just another unsafe beauty “hack” that hasn’t been properly tested? Hardly. Exfoliation has been around for a long time now, and it’s a part of every good skin care regimen. It’s neither painful, nor damaging, and there have been many studies that prove just how useful it is for us. Skincare is essential for any woman who wants to take care of her beauty and have radiant skin, so read on to find out more about what exfoliation and how you can benefit from it.

What is exfoliation, anyway?

To understand the need for exfoliation, you must first understand how skin works. Our bodies are never static, and even when you’re sleeping there are systems in place that work tirelessly to keep us alive. Our skin is no different. The cells reproduce themselves and the skin regenerates, creating new layers underneath the old ones. Most of the time, you have a layer of dead skin cells sitting on top of the fresh ones. It sounds a little weird, but it’s actually perfectly normal and safe, and it’s how our bodies work. The dead skin sheds on its own, but it takes a while for that to happen, and while we have it, our face can feel uneven and have an odd texture. Exfoliation merely means removing those dead cells, scrubbing away the unnecessary layer to help our skin breathe. You can also do a chemical peel, which gives similar results, but is done only by professional cosmetologists, and should never be attempted at home.

Alright fine, but how do you do it?

While you can’t use just anything to clean your face, exfoliation is actually pretty easy. To exfoliate, you must find a good scrub and then rub it in your skin with gentle, circular motions. Massage your face with the product and you’ll feel gritty texture under your fingers. That’s perfectly normal, that tiny grit is there to help you scrub, and if you use it properly it will feel pretty nice. Not all scrubs are the same, and you want to find a good product that will do the job and won’t irritate you. The Cosmedix Purity Detox Scrub is a good choice, especially if you haven’t been exfoliating and you have a thick, gloopy mix of dirt, sweat and dead skin on your face.

If you’re annoyed with the idea that you’d need to add yet another step to your beauty routine, don’t worry. Exfoliation should be done only once, maybe twice a week, and it doesn’t take long at all. It’s best to do it at night, because it can leave our skin sensitive and if we go outside right after a scrub, the sun might damage it. Be gentle while you exfoliate, the point is to just remove the unwanted layers, not to cause irritations. Your skin might look very red after you’re done, but that’s normal too. Merely apply your regular moisturizer and let it cool off a bit.

What other benefits does it bring?

Exfoliation is beneficial for all skin types, regardless of whether you’re oily, dry, or something in between. By cleaning our skin so thoroughly, we clean away the dirt and unclog our pores, which is pretty essential for anyone who suffers from acne breakouts. It also makes any product we put after easier to apply, and our skin soaks it in much faster. Dry and aging skin will benefit as well, because exfoliating encourages the skin renewal process, and keeps it elastic for a younger, fresher look. Try it once, and you’ll be amazed. The soft, supple feeling of your skin under the fingertips can be a real eye-opener. And if you’re a fan of makeup, then this is going to make you very happy. Having your skin properly exfoliated makes the foundation look a lot more even and it will give you that airbrushed look that everyone covets. Everything you apply will simply sit on the skin a lot better, and last longer.

Regardless of whether you’re young or old, doing a weekly scrub can bring you nothing but benefits. All skin types benefit from it, but if you’re really not sure then feel free to consult a dermatologist. Exfoliation is an easy step that doesn’t require much time but can transform your face and make yourself more beautiful!

What are your skin-care routines? Do you exfoliate?

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