Did you know that we shed up to 30 000 dead skin cells a minute? The thought of it is rather frightening, and a little disturbing!
Exfoliating removes the dead skin cells that remain on your body covering the healthy skin cells underneath, and if not removed your cleansing and moisturising products become limited in their effects.
By regularly exfoliating your skin you are helping it to look younger, feel smoother and also prepare it for an effective skin cleaning routine.
The one problem when it comes to exfoliating is that many people don’t know when and how to do it which can cause damage to the skin, further putting them off exfoliating in the future.
Here are four hints that’ll help you get it right:
1 Be gentle
Be gentle when exfoliating your skin. Soft, circular motions are all you need to ensure that the dead skin cells are removed and replaced by the healthy ones.
2 Time it right
It is suggested that you should exfoliate your body and your face twice a week. There are a few exceptions to this: if you have oily skin or live in a warmer climate you should exfoliate more than twice a week, however if you have sensitive skin you should only exfoliate once a week.
3 Don’t over do it
The minute you hear that there are dead skin cells trapped on your body, your mind goes into over-drive and so does your exfoliating. You will notice that you are over-exfoliating when your skin becomes sensitive, red and irritated. This will cause excessive dryness and remove not only the dead skin cells, but the healthy ones underneath.
4 Be consistent
When you reach your 30’s, skin cell rejuvenation slows down and to keep your skin looking and feeling younger, exfoliation is a must. Exfoliation from this age onward needs to be part of your weekly routine.