Keep Your Skin Fresh With Proper Exfoliation
Exfoliation refers to the process of removing dead skin cells from the surface layer of the skin, either through mechanical or chemical means. Exfoliation helps older women whose body’s natural skin regeneration facilities have slowed down even as it helps younger women get a vibrant glow to their skin. There are many methods for exfoliating the skin, that include full body exfoliation, body scrub, skin care for the face only, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels. To get the best results you need to consider your skin type, your overall health, and your lifestyle to make a good choice. Here are a few good tips to consider depending on your skin type, health, and lifestyle.
1. Skin Type
Different skin types require different approaches to exfoliation. For example, if you have severe acne or sensitive skin, you will want a method that is more gentle than strong chemical peels. The exfoliating scrub you might choose in this case would have rounded nodules, avoiding the sharp edges that might otherwise injure and scar acne-prone skin. People with sensitive skin might want to opt for natural fruit acid peels, rather than going with stronger alpha hydroxy peels. Dark skin also may need gentler peels, but will do fine with glycolic or salicylic acid peels.
The skin is the largest organ on the body and keeping it exfoliated will improve the way it performs to rid the body of toxins through natural actions like sweating. A body exfoliation, body scrub, skin care regime that focuses on the entire body can generate good health in multiple areas. Body scrubs can be a luxurious way to enjoy a bath, but because you have a larger exposure, you need to make sure you are not using ingredients that might cause an adverse reaction. Do a small patch test on an arm or leg before attempting a full body scrub, if you are prone to allergies or have skin conditions like eczema. If you get a rash or bumps on the skin, try a different body scrub instead. Even if you are fine with the body scrub, you will not want to overdo it. You can obtain optimal skin health by exfoliating once or twice a week only.
Body exfoliation, body scrub, and skin care sessions take time. Sometimes, you also need to wait out a few days of skin redness as in the case with microdermabrasion and chemical peels. If you live a very busy lifestyle and want to schedule in weekly exfoliating treatments, you can try getting them done near the weekend so that it doesn’t interfere with your work schedule and you won’t need to be out in public for a short time. Another lifestyle issue is a sensitivity to sunlight as the skin is somewhat raw before it heals from exfoliating treatments like chemical peels. In that case, you may be asked to stay out of the sun for more than two weeks. If you can’t do that, you will have to opt for putting on sunblock at SPF levels of 50 to 100. Wearing a hat may also be advised to make sure you don’t unnecessarily expose your skin to the sun after an exfoliating treatment. It does depend on the type of exfoliating treatment you get. If being out in public or in the sun is an important part of your lifestyle, you should discuss your options before undergoing any exfoliating treatment.
Exfoliation to Improve Your Health and Beauty
The results of regular exfoliation are worth every bit of caution taken during the process. By removing dead layers of skin, you:
- Reveal the healthier, youthful, skin beneath it
- Get a more youthful look
- Unclog pores, helping your skin to breathe easier
- Have a smoother skin texture
- Get rid of fine lines, blemishes, blackheads, and other skin imperfections
Talk to a skin consultant to find out how you can use this simple technique to rejuvenate your appearance, as you also improve the skin’s health at the same time.