Everyday our skin is exposed to pollutants, harsh weather, air conditioning/heating, and bacteria. Our skin protects our body but what protects our skin? Our skin protects itself; it does this by constantly regenerating and creating new layers of skin cells. Even though this process helps protect our skin, it leaves a layer of dead skin cells making our skin appear dull and dry. That is why exfoliation is so important.
Exfoliation removes the layers of dead skin cells and increases blood circulation to the outer layers of your skin making it appear smooth, glowing, and plump. The benefits of regular exfoliation don't just end there, some lesser known benefits include:
- Reduces Hyper-pigmentation
- Fades Acne Scars and Marks
- Reduces Signs of Ageing and Wrinkles
- Unclogs Pores
- Reduces Cellulite by Increasing Circulation
There are many ways to exfoliate your skin but the most common way is to use a body scrub. Body scrubs contain mildly abrasive ingredients which rub away dead skin, bacteria, and dirt. This being said not all body scrubs are made the same. There are a few things you should keep in mind when selecting and using a body scrub.
Artificial Exfoliating Agents vs Natural Exfoliants
Artificial exfoliating agents have recently come under extreme criticism, with micro beads being banned in several countries. Artificial exfoliating agents have been found to be too harsh for sensitive skin and have very detrimental environmental effects.
Natural exfoliating agents on the other hand provide the perfect amount of abrasion, are safe for the environment, and have been used for centuries as an exfoliant. Popular natural exfoliants include sea salt, brown sugar, tea, coffee, and sandalwood. Each exfoliant has its own array of benefits but all of them reveal healthy glowing skin.
Too Much Of A Good Thing
As with everything in life, there is such thing as over exfoliation. Your skin needs enough time between exfoliating treatments to regenerate skin cells and naturally moisturise.
The ideal time to wait between full body scrub treatments is one week. Scrubbing more frequently will result in exfoliating new layers of skin which are more prone to scarring and allergic reactions, as new skin is more sensitive.
So Clean But So Dirty
When selecting a body scrub it's important to consider how much residue will be left behind in your tub or shower. Natural exfoliating agents such as coffee, tea, and oatmeal don't dissolve and will leave behind residue in your shower or bathtub when you wash it off.
Therefore even when your body scrub contains these ingredients, it is important that a large percentage of the body scrub is made up of dissolving exfoliating agents such as sea salt and/or brown sugar. This will ensure that your bathroom remains as clean as your skin.
When More Is Better
Exfoliating your skin reveals fresh and vibrant skin, which is the perfect canvas to absorb beneficial ingredients and nutrients for your skin. Select body scrubs that contain these ingredients so that you don't need to add an extra step after exfoliating. Body scrubs which contain moisturising oil and butters will allow you to kill two birds with one stone, exfoliate and moisturise.
Now that you have all the tips and tricks you need, its time to get scrubbing.