Why Exfoliating The Skin Is Important

Why Exfoliating The Skin Is Important

You might have heard that moisturisation is the key to healthily soft skin, but did you know exfoliation is just as important? The two go hand in hand with each other, as exfoliating the skin helps prepare it for optimal moisture absorption.

The skin on your face is one of the thinnest and most delicate on your body, and therefore can’t have anything too harsh on its surface that could cause irritation. Therefore, when it comes to exfoliating, there’s a lot of factors that you need to consider before delving into the process.

Exfoliating The Skin: Why?

If your complexion looks a little dull or lacklustre, it can be a combination of anything from poor diet and lack of sleep, to stress and hormones. However, did you know that your skincare, or rather the lack of it, can cause a dulling complexion too?

Exfoliation is key to maintaining a healthy glow that makes your skin radiate. It’s an essential step in removing dead skin cells to prevent pores from becoming blocked and spots forming. Without it, dead cells build up on the surface, trap oil and sebum, and cause a vicious cycle of blemishes, dullness and uneven skin tone.

Exfoliating The Skin: Your Skin Type

When it comes to exfoliating the skin, it really isn’t a one rule fits all approach. Depending on your skin type and condition, you need to take precautionary measures to choose the right products that will give you the best results.

I Have Normal Skin

Just because your skin isn’t particularly sensitive, dry or acne-prone, doesn’t mean you don’t need to take time selecting the right exfoliants.

Normal skin can be characterised by an oily t-zone and even some dryness and sensitivity in some areas. One of the best exfoliating products for this skin type is the Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant. It is gentle enough to be used daily, but powerful enough to rid your skin of dead cells and leave you with a glowing complexion.

For a deeper cleanse, you can add in a device so that your products work more effectively. The Foreo LUNA 2 can be used daily to rid your skin of impurity and cell build-up, and is gentle enough not to damage your complexion. For a more intensive treatment, the Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel Pads use a combination of Hydroxy Acids to leave you with glowing skin without any redness or irritation.

I Have Sensitive Skin

If you have sensitive skin, chances are that you are nervous to try any form of exfoliating scrub for fear of it causing a reaction.

There are now a lot of products on the market which don’t actually contain harsh exfoliating beads that could irritate and aggravate your skin. The Aveda Botanical Kinetics Exfoliant is a liquid based exfoliant that is put onto a cotton pad to sweep over your skin. It’s non-abrasive, and gives you a more refined and clarified complexion.

If you do want to try something that feels a little more like an exfoliant, then the Aurelia Refine and Polish Miracle Balm contains natural Rice Bran beads to gently unclog pores without damaging the skin. Similarly, the REN Rose Centifolia Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser combines the power of cleansing and exfoliating in one easy step if you feel that your skin is too sensitive to use too many products.

I Have Acne-Prone Skin

If you have blemish-prone skin, strong, physical exfoliants can further irritate your skin and cause more breakouts. Instead, opting for chemical-based ones such as cleansers and liquids will help keep your skin a lot more stable and comfortable.

The bareMinerals Blemish Remedy Cleanser contains Salicylic Acid to help decongest pores, while mineral-rich Sea Salts work to fight blemishes at their source. It’s brilliant to use for oily and acne-prone skin as there are no harsh and abrasive beads that could cause aggravation.

For a more intensive treatment, opt for a mask that you can use weekly to draw out excess oil and impurities. The Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask contain what Origins call “nature’s clean up crew” to clear out your pores and leave you with renewed skin. The Bamboo Charcoal Konjac Sponge can also be used to gently exfoliate the skin thanks to its naturally occurring anti-oxidants that clear out pores and leave skin glowing.

I Have Dry Skin

You might think that exfoliating the skin when its dry is a disaster. However, the opposite couldn’t be more true. Dry skin can be a build of dead skin cells, oil and impurities that need to be cleansed away so your skin can begin to repair itself.

Dry skin can be accompanied by oily and sensitive patches, which makes it hard to choose an exfoliant that won’t irritate at all. However, the REN Clarimatte Clarifying Toner is a liquid that can be swept over the skin with a cotton pad to reveal a glowing complexion. It’s free from harmful chemicals that could potentially irritate the skin, and instead contains Organic Acids to decongest and clarify.

For on-the-go exfoliation, the Zelens Resurfacing Pads are the perfect addition to your travel bag. They’re easy to use and leave your complexion glowing. If you are after a more relaxing treatment, the REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask contains a Fruit Acid Complex to gently decongest the skin without causing tightness or irritation.



Skincare Specialist

I am a big believer in the idea that beautiful Make Up begins with a superb skincare regime. I like to enhance my natural beauty rather than cover up and I am always on the lookout for great products which really work. When I am not writing about all things beauty, I like to do Yoga and I make an amazing brownie. It is all about balance!