Exfoliate Your Face for Glass Skin

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Exfoliate Your Face for Glass Skin

You are aiming for glassy, dewy skin.  And, you're probably slathering on serums, moisturizers and brightening products to achieve your skincare goals. But are you exfoliating the correct way?  This is the most important step which gets rid of all the gunk, grime and dead skin cells in order to reveal the soft and glowing skin beneath.

You are aiming for glassy, dewy skin.  And, you're probably slathering on serums, moisturizers and brightening products to achieve your skincare goals. But are you exfoliating the correct way?  This is the most important step which gets rid of all the gunk, grime and dead skin cells in order to reveal the soft and glowing skin beneath.

Why should you exfoliate your skin?

Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells and dirt from the pores of the skin. This step effectively removes the layer of dead skin cells, which in turn helps newer skin cells in absorbing active ingredients from skincare products. As we age, our skin renewal process slows down and we start to look more dull, pigmented and aged due to the dead cells piling up. A good gentle  exfoliation can boost collagen production, which is necessary for improving skin elasticity and reducing fine lines and wrinkles.

Manual Exfoliation

You can exfoliate manually with a loofah, scrub or wash cloth or electronic tools to physically remove dead skin cells. Sugar and salt are most commonly used in skincare exfoliating products to slough off dead skin cells. This step is ideal for normal to oily skin because the granules gently scrub away dirt. The best way to use a scrub is to make a coin-sized amount on your finger, apply it to your face in circular strokes, and then rinse it with cool water. After this, rebalance the skin with a hyaluronic acid serum or a nourishing ceramide moisturiser.

Understanding Chemical Exfoliation

Another popular way is to exfoliate with active ingredients such as AHAs and retinol to dissolve the bonds between dead cells. This is magical sloughing! AHAs like glycolic and lactic acid are holy grail ingredients for exfoliating dry skin because they break down the mesh between dead skin cells which an then be easily swept away. If you have dry skin that refuses to be hydrated even after applying layers of moisturiser, you need an AHA serum or chemical peel to remove the dead layer. Because AHAs are water-soluble, they can only remove skin cells on the skin's surface. BHAs, on the other hand, are oil-soluble and can be used to treat acne. Salicylic acid is a well-known BHA that can easily penetrate deep into the skin pores and dissolve blackheads and acne-causing bacteria.

Here are some easily available options that will make your skin shine like a snowflake in the winter sun.

Toner

Pick a toner that contains Glycolic acid 2% and Salicylic acid 1% if you have an oily and acne prone skin. This will sink into your skin to remove dead skin cells and also reduce visible signs of sun damage and ageing to reveal radiant, glowing skin.

Scrub

Pick a stimulating micro exfoliator made entirely of micro-fine fruit shells and peels. This mixture can gently scrub away unwanted dirt, increase skin elasticity, even out skin tone and prevent acne.

Serum

Pick a serum containing lactic acid, PHAs and citric acid to help remove dead skin cells and reveal glowing skin. Apply a few drops before your moisturizer and sunscreen.

If home based exfoliation fails you, do speak to your dermatologist or skin specialist about professional options such as Microdermabrasion and Chemical Peels.



Published by Dr Niketa Sonavane

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