A Guide on How to Exfoliate to Achieve Soft, Velvety Skin

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A Guide on How to Exfoliate to Achieve Soft, Velvety Skin

Exfoliate to Achieve Soft, Velvety Skin

For many, soft and radiant skin is at the top of the laundry list of skincare goals. However, attaining that goal is often riddled with difficulties, especially as the body ages. As we get older, our cell turnover rate slows down considerably, and the production of new skin cells gradually decreases. Compounded with the accumulation of dead skin cells that settle not-so-nicely on the outer layer of the skin, you are left with a dull and dry complexion that may also be a breeding ground for pimples and acne.

Fortunately, there is a way to prevent that from happening: exfoliation! With an effective exfoliation routine for both the face and body (never neglect your body), you can be a step closer to restoring the highly-coveted healthy, vibrant glow.

Understanding the Ins and Outs of Exfoliation

By design, the skin sheds dead cells in a 28-day cycle to make way for new ones. Ideally, this desquamation process requires little to no intervention on your part. However, lifestyle stresses and environmental factors like dry, cold air and heating systems may impede this process. To ensure efficacy, regular, mild exfoliating is crucial.

Exfoliating is the process of removing dead skin cells, which helps to improve your skin’s cell turnover rate. By keeping the skin free of irritants, skin issues like milia seeds (keratin-filled cysts), hyperpigmentation, blemishes, and superficial acne will be greatly reduced. Moreover, it may also help serums and moisturisers to better penetrate the skin and help foundation glide on smoothly, giving you the perfect canvas for makeup.

In the past few years, the understanding of exfoliation has dramatically transformed. Traditional exfoliation was about as delicate a process as refinishing your home tiles – not delicate at all. Certain brands that were once considered the gold standard of exfoliation have fallen out of favour for being too abrasive on the skin. These harsh exfoliators often cause microtears, exacerbating skin conditions such as eczema, rosacea and even acne-prone skin. Some were even widely banned due to their detrimental impact on the environment. If you are new to exfoliating, it may be confusing finding the ideal skin exfoliator.

Choosing The Right Exfoliators

There are a myriad ways to break down the top layer of the skin effectively, but they generally fall under two categories: physical and chemical exfoliants.

Physical exfoliation involves manually dislodging dirt and stripping away surface cells with teeny-tiny grains or granules of some type. It also extends to tech-savvy devices, such as skin brushes and facial buffers. These types of exfoliators, especially the former, have received a bad reputation for being too harsh on the skin – but the truth is, they are not necessarily bad! The key is to find one that is gentle enough to slough off the dead cells without causing too much damage to the skin. It is also important to exfoliate properly, which is something even skincare enthusiasts may overlook. You should not exfoliate for too long or press too hard, lest you break the blood vessels under the skin and develop pimples and a rash-like skin texture.

On the other hand, chemical exfoliants utilize alpha-and beta-hydroxyl acids (AHA and BHA) to chemically break down the bonds between skin cells and effectively decongest pores. They are arguably the safest and gentlest way to exfoliate, which explains their increasing popularity. Chemical exfoliants are available in varying grades, and it is important to find one that suits your skin type. You may want to experiment and exercise caution – always start with the lower grades before moving up, especially if you have sensitive skin. Be sure to patch test when trying out a new product.

When it comes to chemical exfoliants, you may want to consider our Skin Renewal Serum, which boasts glycolic acid, part of the AHA family, in its ingredient list. For those with sensitive skin, Exfoliating Toner is a toner that doubles as a gentle exfoliant that may help you achieve clearer and more luminous skin. Take it a step further by opting for our HydroCollagen+ Skin Treatment to promote cellular repair, rejuvenate the skin, as well as improve texture and tone.

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