Exfoliating - the often missed skin care step!

Exfoliate or not to exfoliate, that is the question?! Let us help break it down for you – what it is and why it is such an important step in your skin care routine!  Exfoliating is the step in your skin care routine that gets rid of built-up dirt, oil, and dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. One of the most important reasons to exfoliate is because it helps to stimulate the production of new skin cells, which is a key process of your skin’s natural anti-ageing.  Another important reason to exfoliate is that it can help to improve the appearance of dull and/or dry skin, helps to unclog pores, helps to treat, and prevent blemishes and helps to improve uneven skin tone and pigmentation.

When we exfoliate, we are shedding the upper layer of dead skin, the stratum corneum.  It’s the reason why you have a beautiful healthy glow afterwards. But the skin is an amazing organ, and it also exfoliates naturally, around every 28 days. So, with this in mind we need to be cautious about how often and the type of exfoliant used.
 
As we get older our skin cell turnover, the rate at which our bodies replace old skin cells with new ones, slows down.  Since it takes longer for your skin to replace existing skin cells with new ones, dead cells can linger for longer on your skin. This can result in skin that looks dull and have increased hyperpigmentation.  We do need to be aware of over exfoliating as this can lead to damaging skin issues as it strips the necessary oils and fat from the skin. Being too overzealous while exfoliating opens the spaces in between the layers of the skin which leaves the pores (hair follicles) exposed to bacteria. 

SKIN TYPE MATTERS

Your skin type is a contributing factor in deciding how often and what type of exfoliant to use. Normal to oily skin is pretty resilient, whereas dry to sensitive skin won’t tolerate exfoliation very well as it has a naturally poorer skin barrier.

WHAT EXFOLIATOR?

We can group our choices into two options:
 

  1.   Chemical – AHAs, BHAs and enzymes
  2.   Physical – brushes, mitts, cloths and scrubs

 
Chemical exfoliants, if you choose this approach then Bruadar Botanicals recommends using a gentle AHA or BHA cleanser daily, morning and night. 
 
Stronger chemical exfoliants, this includes products that contain anything with around 15-20 per cent concentrate, should be limited to use once every few weeks.

For physical exfoliants please note that some may cause more harm than good. The more often and harder you scrub the deeper you could be tearing into your skin.  Products such as mitts and cloths can also become a depository of bacteria which can lead to infection on the skin.
 
If you are going to use a physical exfoliant, do so with utmost care so you don’t damage your skin. Be sure to use circular motions gently in tiny sections as you make your way around the face. If you see any redness or bumpiness as a result of exfoliating, this can mean you’re over-exfoliating.

We recommend our Exfoliating Vitamin Crystals.  An essential addition to any skincare regime, these fine Exfoliating Vitamin Crystals promote glowing and healthy looking skin all year round. Simply mix a small quantity of the crystals into your favourite cleanser and apply to wet skin in a circular motion. The Vitamin C in this product is wonderful for brightening dull complexions, and the fruit-derived Malic Acid offers deep exfoliation. The ratio of crystals to cleanser can be altered to create a lighter or more intensive scrub! This product is also preservative free as it is a raw powdered form.  We suggest using this product twice weekly.


 
Finally, consult a professional to check if exfoliating is right for you.

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