Hello Lovlies! 🙂
I wanted to start blogging a bit more about skincare because it is definitely something I am passionate about and have a lot of knowledge on and I just have so much I want to share! So, I have decided to do a post on a different skincare topic every Sunday (hopefully, I will commit to this) and will be starting off with this post about exfoliation.
Exfoliation means removing the dead skin cells on the surface of the skin. When old skin cells start to to build up on the skin’s surface, it can leave your skin looking dull, dry and rough. The build-up of dead skin cells can also lead to excess oil and clogged pores which can result in acne and blemishes. It is also incredibly important to involve exfoliation into our skincare regime as we age, because the process of cell regeneration slows down (the body is slower to shed old cells and generate new ones).
When done properly, exfoliation removes the barrier of dead skin cells on the surface of the skin and reveals a fresh, new layer of skin. This also enables serums and moisturisers to penetrate deeper into the layers of the skin and work more effectively. It also means a smoother application of make-up and an all round glowing complexion. The method of exfoliation that works best for you depends on your skin type and sensitivity. For example, if you have highly sensitive skin or suffer from severe acne, you want to be careful with your choice of exfoliation method and maybe consult a skincare specialist first.
Most people (me included!) use a manual method of exfoliation around 2-3 times a week. This involves using a face scrub/cleansing brush to gently buff away the dead skin cells from the surface layer of the skin. Being too harsh can obviously cause irritation, dryness and can even cause damage to your skin.
If you follow me, you will know that I love Liz Earle skincare products, so naturally, I was drawn to their ‘Gentle Face Exfoliator’. It really is so gentle yet extremely effective. It contains fine Jojoba beads which buff away the dead layer of skin to reveal a beautiful, soft, glowing complexion. I only use it around 3 times a week and that is enough to keep my skin feeling fresh and renewed. There are literally a trillion exfoliating scrubs on the market so it’s definitely worth having a shop around to find one that works best for you!
However, if you do choose to go down the route of chemical exfoliation methods, peels or masks that contain Alpha or Beta Hydroxy Acids provide a much deeper level of exfoliation and only need to be carried out monthly. This type of exfoliation method is not really suited to very sensitive skin, but there are natural, much more gentle alternatives available.
That is all from me for this week, I hope this post has been an informative read! I’ll (hopefully) be back again with another post next week.
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Love, Taslima x