Regular exfoliation is the key to get (or keep) your skin looking healthy and radiant. The skin is constantly generating new skin cells at the lower layer (the dermis) and sending them to the surface (the epidermis). As the cells rise to the surface they gradually die. Exfoliation is a great way to improve your complexion by removing the outermost layer of dead epidermis cells and exposing the finer, more translucent tissue underneath. By removing the top layer you will make your skin appear smoother.

If the old dead skin cells are not removed, they can clog sebaceous pores leading to blemishes, spots and blackheads. Exfoliating serves the purpose of unclogging the pores, which allows the oil to flow freely to the surface and therefore would help to reduce the first lesions of acne, which are blackheads and whiteheads. You can exfoliate any area of skin by using an exfoliating cleanser together with a face cloth, loofah sponge or a body brush.

There are two types of exfoliating cleansers; mechanical and chemical. Mechanical exfoliators are made from minuscule pieces of grit most commonly from walnut shells and apricot pits. These remove dead skin cells by gently rubbing against the skin. Chemical exfoliators usually contain alpha-hydroxy acids, beta-hydroxy acids or salicylic acids.

Exfoliation Guide

1. Rinse the face.

2. Scrub gently on the wet face.

3. Use circular motion to remove the dead skin.

4. Rinse with water and pat dry with a towel.

 Tips

•  When exfoliating your face make sure you use suitable products specific for the face. Products designed for the body may be too abrasive and irritating.

•  Opt for grainy types of cleansers to clean the skin, rather than soap. The grainy texture exfoliates the skin better, taking off all dry skin.

•  Beware; Chemical exfoliators may cause the skin to tingle for up to 15 minutes.

•  When scrubbing the body be gentle over sensitive parts such as the neck, under the arms and thighs.

•  Greater exfoliation is necessary during hot humid months of the summer. Your skin will not shed, or turnover, as often as it should which could result  in dense, clogged skin and even acne.

•  Regular exfoliation can cause the skin to dry out and will do more harm than good unless the skin is re-hydrated with lotions. Make sure you moisturise your skin regularly.

by Moh Dehghani- Production Director, Myego Cosmetics.