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Is Exfoliation Important?

To scrub or not to scrub that is the question. Have you ever heard the saying “soft as a baby’s butt”? Well the saying comes from the fact that baby’s skin is seriously soft. Why? Because babies replace their skin cells every 5 days. As we grow older however this skin cell turnover slows down A LOT. This is why we need to exfoliate.

What is exfoliating? Exfoliation is the mechanical or chemical removal of dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. Mechanical exfoliators such as a sugar scrub or an exfoliating brush work by sloughing off the dead skin cells revealing the smooth healthy skin beneath. Chemical exfoliants such as glycolic acid or enzymes break down the dead skin cells allowing them to be easily shed.

Why do I need to exfoliate? Because as we age our skin’s renewal process slows down dramatically we need to take action to remove the dead skin cells and reveal the softer, healthier, and more even toned skin beneath. A few big benefits you get from exfoliating regularly are:

  • Unclogging pores

  • Avoiding ingrown hair

  • Smoother skin

  • A more even skin tone

  • Allows for better absorption of serums, moisturizers, and antioxidants

What should I use to exfoliate? There are thousands of products available on the market today to help you stay on top of your smooth skin game. Depending on your preference, sensitivity, and budget here are a few ideas to consider.

Mechanical Exfoliators

  • Sugar scrubs

  • Salt scrubs

  • Shower brushes

  • Coffee scrubs

  • Exfoliating shower gloves

Chemical Exfoliators

  • Glycolic acid

  • Alpha hydroxy acid

  • Enzymes

  • Beta hydroxy acid

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