A guide to exfoliating
Exfoliating is an important part of any skincare routine and comes with a whole range of amazing benefits. Here, we share three reasons why you should exfoliate your face and body, answer some of the most important questions about exfoliating, and take a look at how our very own organic facial scrub and body scrub can work wonders for your skin.
Three benefits of exfoliating
1. Exfoliating allows skincare products to penetrate deeper
Exfoliating as part of your beauty regime will ensure that all of your favourite skincare products can truly work their magic. Dead skin cells and clogged pores act as a barrier between your skin and the moisturizers and serums that you’re applying to it, meaning that they’re unable to absorb into your skin and provide you with all of the benefits that you’re expecting from them. Through exfoliating, you can easily remove dead, dry skin cells which your beauty products would otherwise cling to, leaving your pores open and ready for your favourite skincare products.
2. Exfoliating unclogs pores
Your pores can be clogged by a whole number of things, including dead skin cells, debris from make-up, and even grime from the outside world. If you don’t clear your pores, you’ll find that leaving them blocked leads to blackheads and whiteheads, especially on the nose, chin, and forehead. Blocked pores can also irritate other skin conditions, and are particularly detrimental to those who suffer from acne. When your pores are blocked, oils created by the body that are usually released through the skin become trapped under the surface, which is what can lead to frustrating breakouts. Thankfully, exfoliating can help you to avoid this as it gently unblocks your pores and removes blockages without being damaging to your skin. Plus, clear pores create a glowing complexion too!
3. Exfoliating evens skin tone
If you suffer from dark spots or acne scars, or if your skin has a rough texture that leaves your make-up looking patchy, you’ll find that exfoliating can really help you to achieve the even skin tone that you desire. Exfoliating works to break down dry, dead skin and removes damaged cells - which encourages the production of new ones. This process smoothes the skin as you go, leaving you with a soft and supple complexion. You will find that stubborn marks can take a while to eradicate, but if you’re patient and continue to exfoliate as part of your skincare routine, you will find that they disappear and are replaced with fresh, new skin in time.
Is it really necessary to exfoliate?
If you want clear, glowing skin then the answer is yes, it is necessary to exfoliate. As a child, your skin constantly renews which is why they have such soft skin, and the only way to achieve this as an adult is by exfoliating dead skin cells away so that they can be replaced by fresh new ones. Not only this, but essential exfoliating can help to slow signs of aging too, ensuring that you stay looking youthful for longer. Exfoliating is such a simple process to add to your beauty routine that there’s really no reason not too, especially when you consider all of the great benefits involved.
How often should you exfoliate your skin?
How often you should exfoliate your face really depends on your skin type. It is usually recommended that you exfoliate two to three times per week, but only if this does not irritate your skin. Those with dry, sensitive, or mature skin should aim to exfoliate their face less often, perhaps once or twice a week, whereas people with oily, acne-prone, or combination skin can comfortably exfoliate three times a week. Exfoliating your face more often than this can strip your skin of its natural oils, which may lead to it becoming dry, irritated, and red, plus it could result in breakouts of acne too. Plus, you won’t see any additional benefits from exfoliating more frequently than recommended, so don’t be tempted to reach for the exfoliator every day.
When it comes to exfoliating your body, the rules can change a little bit. Skin on other parts of your body is less sensitive than on your face, so if you suffer from excessively oily skin you might want to exfoliate your body every day. Otherwise, two to three times a week will keep your skin looking fresh and feeling smooth.
Does exfoliating lighten skin?
If you have unwanted dark patches of skin, or other discolouration, you will find that exfoliating can help to combat this over time. Exfoliating will remove dark skin cells to reveal fresh new ones underneath, leaving you with a brighter complexion overall. This is a great remedy for sun damage which can result in dark spots, but patience is required as it can take a while for the effects to be noticeable.
Can exfoliating help with ingrown hairs?
Those who suffer with ingrown hairs will certainly benefit from exfoliating, especially before shaving. The reason that ingrown hairs occur is that the pore has become blocked with dead skin cells that prevent the hair from growing as it should. Through exfoliating, you can clear your pores and this will allow the hair to lift to the surface of your skin. This will not only ensure that your razor will glide along as close to the skin as possible, but will eliminate the discomfort caused by ingrown hairs too.
Will exfoliating help me to tan?
Exfoliating in the lead up to a holiday will not only ensure that your skin is swimwear ready, but will help you to achieve an even tan too. This is because it will remove rough patches of skin which could otherwise cause uneven colouring. If you’re hoping to prolong your tan, continue to exfoliate to keep your skin looking fresh, but make sure that you do so gently. The same is true for fake tan, as this applies far easier onto smooth skin that’s free of rough, uneven areas.
Should men exfoliate?
Regular exfoliation is just as important for men as it is for women, as male skin can get clogged with dead skin cells, dirt, and debris too. Not only will this keep your skin looking fresh and spot free, but it will ensure that you can get a smooth and comfortable shave. Men can be prone to treating their skin in a rough way, but when applying exfoliator to your face, don’t be tempted to scrub it harshly as this can damage your skin and you won’t be able to enjoy the benefits at all. Simply rub in the exfoliant in a gentle, circular motion and follow with a moisturizer.
Using our Organic African Honey & Lemon Facial Scrub
Finding an exfoliator that does the job but is also kind to your skin can be tough, but you can rely on our Organic African Honey & Lemon Facial Scrub. Ideal for use one or two times per week, this cruelty-free facial exfoliant uses completely natural ingredients to remove dry skin cells, even-out skin tone, and leave you with a refreshed and hydrated complexion. This scrub should be applied gently to the face in a circular motion, and its citrusy scent is sure to revitalise and rejuvenate you whilst you use it.
Using our Coco Lime Verbena Revitalizing Body Scrub
When it comes to exfoliating your body, our zesty Coco Lime Verbena Revitalizing Body Scrub is the perfect product. Lime botanical oil gives this organic body scrub a gorgeous scent, plus it contains antioxidants and can help to increase collagen production, and natural cane sugar works to exfoliate those dead skin cells and unwanted dark patches away. This scrub also includes coconut extract which will leave your body feeling super smooth. To apply Coco Lime Verbena Revitalizing Body Scrub, simply apply it to wet skin in a circular motion, paying extra attention to rough and discoloured areas.
Now you know the top three benefits of exfoliating, treat yourself to some of our Organic African Honey & Lemon Facial Scrub and Coco Lime Verbena Revitalizing Body Scrub, and you’ll be showing off an even, glowing complexion in no time.