What is exfoliating and why do you need to do it regularly?
Exfoliating is simply the process of removing dead skin cells from the skin’s epidermis or outer surface layer. Removing this dead skin makes way for the younger skin cells underneath. Dry, dead skin cells clog your pores, leading to blackheads, acne and many other problems. When dead skin is removed, beautiful, more luminous skin is revealed. Regular exfoliation can also help reduce blotchiness, sun-damage and discoloration. Exfoliating on a consistent basis is critical to your skin’s health and radiance.
By gently exfoliating away the top layer of dead cells, your skin will feel smoother, look more vibrant and age slower. Just the act of rubbing in a circular motion, increases circulation and improves your overall health. While the exfoliating agent carries away that top layer of dull cells.
Think of it as buffing your skin out. Not so much scrubbing, but more gentle buffing and refining.
Many Sisters will use ‘scrubs’ in an effort to scrape out and scrape off excess oil. Guess what…using harsh, overly abrasive products or even exfoliating too often will do more harm than good.
1. That Apricot Scrub (I won’t mention the brand, but we ALL know it!) is the ABSOLUTE WORST! The apricot pits are ground in with this pasty, goopy mixture, but usually not very well. These pit particles are too large, sharp and abrasive for delicate facial skin. This scrub will actually make a skin issue much worse, because it will open up small surface nicks on the surface of your skin. I can tell clients who use this without even asking. As soon as I get them under my magnifying lamp, I can clearly see tiny scrapes and cuts all along the skin’s surface.
Not only does this damage your epidermis, but it opens up areas in the skin for cross contamination. So that bacteria in the zit that’s on your chin, is transferred and migrates to your forehead, cheeks, nose, etc. etc. etc. Creating a full-blown acne outbreak!
In addition to all the sharp pit particles, this particular apricot scrub is full of harsh chemicals, fillers and preservatives that are not good for your skin. DO NOT USE THIS STUFF!
2. Avoid OVER-Exfoliating. When I do my initial consultations, many of my clients state that they actually exfoliate EVERYDAY!!! This is a BIG No-No!
When my Little Sister revealed to me that she actually exfoliated with that doggone Apricot Scrub…. DAILY!!!! I nearly fell out of my chair! LITERALLY! I instantly thought to myself, “No WONDER your skin looks like THAT!”
That stuff is HORRIBLE for your skin, most especially your facial skin…and every day???? Please…Knock it OFF Ma’am!
Avoid the MISTAKE of over-exfoliating; which can either be done with the exfoliating products, methods of exfoliating or frequency of exfoliating.
Exfoliating with harsh and harmful products can compromise your epidermis (the top layer of your skin). Scrubbing or abrading too harshly can cause damage to your delicate facial skin. Avoid pressing too hard as you can easily scratch, knick and/or cut the surface layers of your skin.
Even when using appropriate products and pressure, you can still adversely affect your skin by exfoliating too frequently. You never exfoliate more than two or three times per week. Typically, once a week or twice a month is sufficient for normal healthy skin.
Exfoliating too often will cause microscopic tears, which will lead to premature aging, wrinkles and sallowness. It will also cause your skin to produce excess oil and enlarge your pores. None of which you want!!!
If you use Exfoliation wisely in your Skincare Program, your skin will be glowing in no time!