Exfoliation is similar to painting a chair. Sure, you could open a can of paint, take a brush, and start painting, but if you don’t remove the layers of old paint first, your paintwork will likely be uneven, messy, and have wood and paint clumps and bumps poking out.
Cleaning and sanding the chair first will even out its surface and enable the paint to be applied in a fluid, even strokes, which is a much better solution.
That is essentially how exfoliating your skin feels. Exfoliation is a kind of pre-treatment that enhances the texture and luminosity of the skin, giving it a vibrant glow.
What is facial exfoliation?
Exfoliation is integral to our skincare routine, but what exactly does it do? This process aims to keep the skin clean, fresh, and radiant. It sounds pretty magical. In a way, it is. Exfoliation unclogs pores and prevents acne by removing dirt and impurities from the skin. The skin can breathe and replenish itself, resulting in a more youthful appearance.
Exfoliation: Chemical vs. Physical
Exfoliation comes in various types, but the two most common are chemical and physical exfoliation. Again, using the chair as an example, chemical exfoliation would be similar to applying a substance to the chair that caused the paint to flake off. Exfoliation that is done physically is identical to using sandpaper to remove paint.
Chemical exfoliation uses acids to exfoliate the skin, whereas physical exfoliation requires a substance or tool. This is the primary distinction between chemical and physical exfoliation for the skin. Anything from grains to sugar to charcoal to a brush or specialized sponge can be used as this substance.
Benefits of exfoliation
- Improves skin texture
Your skin’s cells don’t last forever. Cells tend to accumulate and clog pores when they die. Your skin may look rough or dull due to this buildup of dead skin cells.
Exfoliating can remove dead skin cells, any tiny debris, and extra oil. Exfoliation enhances the texture, tone, and general appearance of your skin by exposing the young skin cells beneath. After an exfoliation session, your skin should feel softer, smoother, and more radiant.
- It enhances blood circulation.
Using dermatologically approved tools to exfoliate your skin is a simple approach to increasing blood flow. Your body can rid itself of toxins more efficiently if your blood circulation is improved. Therefore, having fewer toxins will result in skin that seems healthier.
More oxygen and nutrients are also more easily reaching your skin cells because of the improvement in blood circulation. This enhances the health of your skin, giving you a more youthful appearance. Just be careful not to over-exfoliate, as this can impair the skin’s ability to protect itself.
- Exfoliating stop wrinkles from forming.
The protein collagen serves various purposes, one of which is to keep our skin looking young and healthy. Dead skin cells can be replaced with collagen as well. Our bodies create less and less collagen as we age, which is why our skin wrinkles. It becomes less elastic, and wrinkles begin to show.
Fortunately, one advantage of exfoliating is that it encourages your body to produce more collagen. Said exfoliation can assist in preventing the development of wrinkles in the regions that have been treated. Exfoliating can reduce the appearance of fine lines if you already have wrinkles.