Benefits of Exfoliating The Skin

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What are the benefits of exfoliating the skin?

It is important to exfoliate the skin, exfoliating is right up there with cleansing and moisturizing the skin. There are numerous benefits of exfoliating the skin.

As we age, the skin turnover decreases leaving the skin dull. Exfoliating increases cell turnover. Skin Cell renewal takes 2-4 weeks depending on things like your age, skin type, the products you apply, and even where you live. It takes most adults roughly a month to naturally produce a fresh set of skin cells.

Do not expect to see results overnight but if you are compliant and stay with a good skin care regimen you will slowly see marked improvement in your skin’s appearance. Exfoliators are used in facial peel-off masks, skin creams, lotions and other types of ingredients.

Benefits of of exfoliating the the skin -healthy glow

Do you ever wonder why we lose that healthy glow as we get older.The skin turn over slows down which results in dry dull skin. Making an effort to exfoliate will help your skins appearance.

Benefits of exfoliating the skin -improved texture

As we age the skin loses it smoothness, exfoliating can help improve texture. Exfoliation removes the outer layer of dead skin cells. The skin that lies below is renewed and more even.

Benefits of exfoliating the skin, -improved tone

As we get older, collagen production decreases. Exfoliating the skin can improve the skin’s tone and complexion.

Benefits of exfoliating the skin, -lighter sun spots

Sun exposure causes sun damage, as we get older the sunspots may be more apparent. Age spots are the result of an excess production of melanin, or skin pigment. Exfoliating the skin helps slough these pigmented skin cells making the age spots less noticeable. Exfoliating the skin also allows other skin lightening products such as vitamin C to penetrate deeper into the skin to work their magic.

benefits of exfoliating the skinBenefits of exfoliating the skin -less blemishes

Unfortunately, a lot of acne medication tend to dry out the skin. The dead skin cells trap the bacteria laden pores and cause further breakouts. Exfoliating the skin helps remove dead skin cells and unblock the pores.

Exfoliating can also lighten the dark spots that develop as the blemish is healing.

Benefits of exfoliating the skin -improve dry skin

As winter arrives we tend to develop dry skin from both cold weather and the heat in our homes. Exfoliating can remove the dry dead cells leading to softer skin.

Benefits of exfoliating -less wrinkles

Some exfoliators such as retinols have been shown to increase collagen levels which can decrease fine lines. Using exfoliating agents allow skin care products to help replace weak skin cells with fresh cells.

There are three different types of exfoliation: manual, enzyme or chemical

Manual exfoliation

Manual exfoliation can cause redness and is not good for sensitive skin. An example of manual exfoliation include walnut shell powder. Clarisonic is a popular handheld exfoliator.  Clarisonic Mia 1 Sonic Facial Cleansing Brush System, Pink

It is easy to overdue manual exfoliation. A gentler manual exfoliation includes MY Konjac Sponge All Natural Korean Facial Sponge with Activated Bamboo Charcoa

Enzymes

Enzymes are used as catalysts to help in exfoliation, enzymes are proteins which perform a specific job. These protease enzymes break down down other proteins which keep the cells glued each other. Many of these enzymes are derived from fruits which include bromelain from pineapple, papain from papaya and pumpkin enzyme. Enzyme exfoliation does not cause as much injury as mechanical abrasion.

Enzyme exfoliation usually involves some kind of lotion or mask. Enzyme exfoliation usually works more gently than AHA. Protease peel acts similar to cathepsin D which controls our skin’s natural exfoliation.

Chemical exfoliants

Chemical exfoliants include,

  • AHA (alpha-hydroxy acids) which includes lactic, glycolic and fruit acids
  • BHA (beta-hydroxy acids) which includes salicylic acids and willow bark extracts
  • Proteolytic enzymes which include pineapple, papaya and pumpkin extracts.

How often should you exfoliate your skin?

With a manual exfoliation which uses consider exfoliating twice a week.

I prefer to use a gentle chemical exfoliant. I feel that it renews my skin anf gives that healthy glow that I love so much. I use  Ever’s Reveal Pads. They are gentle enough for everyday use. When you are first starting this product sart 3 times a week and work up to everyday.

You can do a tape test but if you look carefully at your skin it is probably not needed. You take a piece of clear tape and apply it to the forehead. Rub it gently and remove. If there are little pieces of flaky skin then you should exfoliate.

You will know you are exfoliating too much if your skin is red and irritated. At this point you need to decrease how often you are exfoliating your skin.

Exfoliation and the need to wear sunscreen

When you are exfoliating, sunscreen is needed. Exfoliating will remove the outer layer of dead skin cells making it more sensitive to the sun. Hydroxy acids increase sensitivity to sun. The FDA (Federal Drug Administration) requires labeling on a skincare product that contains AHA. They also recommend the use of sunscreen to protect the skin from sun damage.

Exfoliation should be a part of a 4 step regimen to renew your skin.

Do you think there are any benefits of exfoliating the skin?

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About Sharon T McLaughlin MD FACS 170 Articles

I am a physician who is interested in providing health information and health tips so that we may live healthy lives.

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