10 Reasons Why You Should Exfoliate Regularly
A few years back, I actually thought exfoliating was counter-productive. I was very much on Team Anti-Exfoliation. The reason? I’d had a chat with a good friend of mine who always kept abreast of all the latest changes in skin care, and she argued – very convincingly – that exfoliating is actually detrimental and does us zero good in the long-term.
I’ve always had sensitive skin, and since our chat I decided not to aggravate it by toning, scrubbing or whirling.
But then something happened a few months ago, and as a result I now exfoliate.
I met a dermatologist to have a talk about my skin, and what should be done about it. It was dry, itchy and didn’t look great. He explained to me that our skin has a natural exfoliation process that is working pretty much all the time. It’s known as keratinisation and goes through a twenty-eight day cycle during which the live cells become hard as they work their way up to the surface of your skin – where they die.
And when they die, they reveal the new cells underneath. Yay!
Exfoliation is super important for healthy, good-looking skin. We can enhance the process via mechanical scrubs, mild topical treatments, skin-buffing tools, and even remedies from the doctor’s themselves.
Convinced or not? If not, here are 10 reasons why you should exfoliate regularly.
Exfoliation Slows Down The Ageing Problem
None of us are going to live forever, but that doesn’t mean we want to age quickly. To slow down the ageing process, it’s a good idea to exfoliate regularly.
As you get older, your skin loses its potency when it comes to shedding dead skin cells. It just can’t eliminate them as quickly as it once did. Hmmm!
And the problem is that dead skin cells leave wrinkles and fine lines. Which makes you look older than you really are.
To slow down the ageing process, exfoliate more often.
Exfoliation Evens Out Your Skin Tone
Uneven skin tone can be a major concern that men just don’t get. If it’s a problem of yours at the moment, you should consider exfoliation as a means to even it out.
Exfoliation removes any leftover dirt to reveal the brighter skin that’s been hiding underneath all this time!
Exfoliation Improves Skin Texture
One of the best things I found that exfoliation did for me is that it improved the texture of my skin.
If your skin feels dry or rough, regular exfoliation can revive it, adding life to lifeless skin.
The more you exfoliate, the smoother your skin will feel. And who doesn’t want softer skin that feels amazing to the touch?
Exfoliation Cleanses Build Up
Access build up can be a really pest. It accumulates after a lengthy period of time, and once it’s there it can be really hard to eliminate.
Sometimes, regular cleaning products and shampoos work – but sometimes they don’t.
If you’ve got access build-up that you can’t seem to shift right now, considering exfoliating.
It’s important that you nip access build up in the bud as soon as possible. Once it’s set, it can slow growth, clog your pores and cause itchy scalp. It isn’t cool or pretty.
Exfoliation Ensures A Closer Shave
Shaving with a dull razor is just something that you don’t do. But so, too, is shaving dull skin in the first place!
To get the closest shave possible (which is what we all want!), you should always always exfoliate beforehand.
Why? Because exfoliation will eliminate pesky dead skin cells that have a really annoying habit of clogging up your razor blades.
It means you will benefit from a smoother, cleaner shave.
Exfoliation Fights Dead Cells & Flakes
As mentioned above, the number one reason we exfoliate in the first place is to remove dead skin cells and flakes from our body.
If we didn’t, our skin would look a mess (zombie-like).
Although our body has a natural exfoliation process, you really can’t rely on this alone. I know, because I relied on it for a few years and it just didn’t work out.
Double-down on dead skin cells and flaky skin by exfoliating regularly. Out with the old cells, in with the new. You get me.
Exfoliation Soothes Itchiness
I suffered tremendously from itchy skin a few years back. It was especially bad during the winter, when winter dry skin would set in. Because I had sensitive skin, scratching just made everything worse. I was a mess!
If you exfoliate, you’re basically getting rid of the nasty gunk that has been building up on your skin, and which is the cause of all that horrendous itchiness. Exfoliate regularly, and your skin will feel clean and totally itch-free. And you’ll feel amazing, I promise.
Exfoliation Fights Dandruff
Dandruff is really annoying. It’s also really puzzling as to what causes it in the first place. Often, it just seems to appear from out of no where. And no matter how much shampoo we use, it just won’t go away!
Exfoliating regularly can help to conquer those white snowflakes. To double down on dandruff, consider mixing sugar salt or coffee grounds (or any other kind of exfoliant that you prefer) in with a handful of pinches of tingling tea tree or a medicated shampoo and peppermint oils.
Exfoliation Can Reduce Acne
Acne occurs for a number of reasons. Stress can cause an acne breakout, but so can a poor diet.
While there are many ways to eliminate acne, exfoliation is my favourite because it has so many other benefits, too.
Your skin – and your scalp – is prone to acne. Scrubbing your skin and scalp from time to time ensures a better clean that goes deeper. This, in turn, helps to prevent pimples, white heads – and acne breakouts.
Exfoliation Helps You To Get A Better Fake Tan
If you use spray tans regularly, you should really exfoliate regularly, too.
When you exfoliate, your skin is better able to absorb products. It also gives skin tanning products a cleaner, smoother canvas. This, in turn, allows for a better, longer lasting tan.
Do you know other benefits of exfoliating?