Sunday, 28 July 2019

5 Reasons Why YOU Should Be Exfoliating

I'll hold my hands up, I didn't start truly looking after my skin properly until my late twenties. (And even then I was still using makeup wipes to remove my makeup each night!!) Nowadays I'm so passionate about skincare and working towards healthy, glowing skin, particularly now I'm in my mid-30's and starting to see signs of ageing.
One skincare step that often gets missed in many peoples routine is EXFOLIATING. 
Yet it is probably one of the most important steps! 
I wear makeup daily and although I cleanse my skin well, I know that regular exfoliation is so important!
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Five Reasons Why YOU Should Be Exfoliating

1. It Unclogs your Pores 
Imagine all that makeup, dirt, grime, dead surface cells and god knows what else on your skin. Even with a good cleansing routine, you're not always going to get squeaky clean skin. Regular exfoliation helps to clean out your pores.

2. It Prevents Acne
Acne occurs when your hair follicles become plugged with oil and dead skin cells. Cleaning out and unclogging the pores will prevent blemishes, whiteheads, blackheads and pimples.

3. It Evens Out Skin Tone
Exfoliating can help to remove dry and dead skin cells leaving the skin looking and feeling more smoother over time. This can help with the appearance of acne scars, dark spots, hyperpigmentation, etc.

4. It can Reduce the Appearance of Fine Lines and Wrinkles
As well as a newly exposed layer of skin reflecting the light better, meaning that lines can become visible, increased circulation and cell turnover keeps skin fresh and  regular exfoliation helps to stimulate collagen synthesis which can improve the skin's texture, integrity, and keep the skin looking plump, tight, and youthful.

5. It Prepares the Skin for Other Products
All that money you spend on those amazing serums, moisturisers and all those other magical products that help make your skin look good.. they ain't no good if they can't penetrate the skin because your pores are clogged! Dead skin becomes a barrier between your skin and your magical moisturisers and serums. By removing it you're allowing everything to work much better. Regular exfoliation helps other products penetrate deeper into the skin.


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Simply put, exfoliation is the removal of dead surface skin cells from the outermost layer of the skin and although there are a few different types of exfoliation, it's important to use something suitable for your skin. 


So what can you use?

A Chemical Exfoliant
Chemical exfoliation includes things like acids or enzymes that help dissolve surface skin cells. This can be done in a salon by a professional or there are products on the market that include ingredients such as Retinol, Glycolic Acid (AHA's), Salicylic Acid (BHA's) and Enzymes. These can create irritation so it is recommended to use no more than 1-2 times a week.

A Physical Exfoliant
These usually come in the form of a scrub including large and small granules such as seeds or crushed nuts, jojoba beads, pumice and other substances, which essentially when rubbed over the skin can physically remove the dead skin cells. Again, this can cause irritation with excessive use and it's important to find one that suits your skin. 


My favourite exfoliator is a cream exfoliant that unveils cleaner, brighter skin using natural AHA's found in crushed fruit enzymes. Radiance Exfoliating Cream gently, but effectively removes dead and damaged skin cells, clean congested pores and blackheads without harsh abrasives that can damage and scratch the delicate new skin cells. I really do notice the difference when I use it even just once a week. I can't stop touching my skin! (which I don't recommend of course... keep the hands away from the face!! haha!!)

I love that it's powered with anti-oxidants and toning properties; containing ACB Fruit Mix, natural AHA's from sugar cane, bilberries, sugar maple, orange, and lemon which helps to improve exfoliation and enhance cellular proliferation while adding moisture to the skin. 


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Daily, as part of my evening skincare routine, I use a really gentle and natural facial exfoliator in the form of a Konjac Sponge. Konjac sponges are an ancient beauty tool, used for centuries in Japan as a facial cleanser and herbal remedy. Konjac root, with its unique medicinal properties and net-like structure, is gentle on the skin, yet powerfully cleansing. They're super easy to use too, just soak them in warm water for a few minutes, then massage over the face and neck.




Do you exfoliate regularly?




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12 comments

  1. I am definitely guilty of not exfoliating enough. I've never heard of a konjac sponge, I will have to remember to keep an eye out for them.

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  2. My skin feels so much better when I exfoliate but I didn't realise it had so many other benefits too! I have definitely neglected by skin care routine lately and my skin is showing it, this post has given me the nudge I needed to get back into one!

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  3. Such an insightful post about exfoliating. Thanks for the tips!

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  4. To be honest I had no idea facial exfoliation was so useful. I've seen those Konjac sponges before, I think I need one. Mich x

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  5. Great post. My next post is actually about my skincare planning. I have recently had to up my game due to hormonal acne so now exfoliate and use salicylic cleansers, niacinamide and a retinoid.

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  6. I definitely don't exfoliate as much as I probably should!

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  7. I'm going to admit that I don't exfoliate anywhere near as much as I should, so I need to bake this into my workload at least once a week x

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  8. It really does prepare your skin for other products. That's a good point I hadn't thought of but it is very true.

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  9. I love the sound of the konjac sponge! I don't exfoliate reguarly, though I know I should, but whenever I do my skin always feels super soft. x

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  10. I must admit I don't do it enough. It's not a regular part of my routine - I just do it when I remember which isn't that often.

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  11. I wrote a guide on exfoliation a long while back and always share when people ask about skincare tips. so important to exfoliate, but also to be aware of how your skin reacts to different forms. I generally opt for masks or muslin cloths x

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  12. I really need to update my skincare regime, I'm terrible at exfoliating

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