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Exfoliation – Renew and Rejuvenate

Exfoliation – Renew and Rejuvenate


Exfoliation – Renew and Rejuvenate




We have already been through the various types of skin cleansers available in the market, and how to choose the right one for your skin, but now we’ll go deeper into the realm of what is sometimes perceived as a secondary care, however essential for a beautiful and healthy skin: Exfoliation.

Generally speaking, exfoliation is the process of removing dead cells from the superficial layer of the skin. This process immediately improves the look and texture of the skin, by exposing the healthier and younger layers, but also helps to clear clogged pores, smooth fine lines, it can prevent ingrown hairs and even acne breakouts. By exfoliating, we are also promoting a good blood circulation which will, in turn, promote cell renewal.

You will find that some skin treatments are often recommended hand in hand with exfoliating, such as cellulite treatments or self-tanning. By removing dead cells at the surface of the skin we will make it easier for other products to penetrate, and also smooth the skin, removing its roughness and uneven texture.


So how often should I exfoliate?

First – you must understand the skin type you are exfoliating;

Second – the skin must be previously cleansed;

Third – after exfoliating, moisturizing and nourishing is a mandatory step as we must restore the skin’s natural barrier.

Lip exfoliation by Cushy Spa on Flickr licensed under CC BY 2.0

And should I exfoliate all body parts the same way?

No, depending on the body part, the exfoliation process should be done in different ways:


The exfoliating process on the body’s skin should be done once to twice a week, and before applying another treatment, such as cellulite products or self-tanning.


The skin on your face is generally more sensitive than the one on your body, so we should keep in mind the first step we’ve mentioned before: your skin type:

  • Oily skin

An oily skin, produces a greater amount of sebum, resulting in a bigger quantity of “dirt” to remove from the surface of the skin, so exfoliation can be a part of the skin care routine more frequently (twice a week).

For this skin type, most people find that exfoliating is an indispensable part of the skincare routine, which can sometimes result in over-exfoliating. When this happens we can experience what is regularly called as a rebound effect, when the skin’s sebaceous glands are stimulated to produce more sebum to compensate for the loss of it due to over-exfoliating.

However, if the skin already presents acne lesions resulting from an inflammatory acne, exfoliating can aggravate them. In this case, you might want to opt to consult with your dermatologist first.

  • Dry skin

A dry skin is characterized by a deficient hydrolipidic layer on the surface of the skin, which makes it more fragile and prone to sensitivity. There is no need to exfoliate more than once a week.

  • Combination skin

This particular skin is a combination of both types previously addressed. Different areas of the skin will have different needs, so you can opt to exfoliate the oily areas (such as the T zone) more regularly than the normal to dry areas.


In a later post, we will address different types of exfoliating products.

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