How important is it to include an exfoliant in your skincare routine?


can an exfoliant help your skin?

Is an exfoliant really necessary?

There are so many different skincare products on the market that having to add an exfoliant as well, can sometimes blow your budget and increase the time factor. After all, who has time to add one more item to our to-do list in the mornings?

Well, it might be worthwhile taking another look at exfoliants, because they can make a big difference to your complexion, very quickly. An exfoliant removes the dead cells from the top layer of your skin and can turn tired, dull looking skin into fresh, healthy looking skin overnight.

For many people, it can be nothing more a buildup of dead cells on the surface of your skin that  gives your face an old, tired and grey looking appearance. Once all of this debris has been removed, most people are quite amazed at how healthy and clean the skin underneath actually looks.


How do you know if you need to use an exfoliant?

Woman exfoliating face Lots of women already know that their skin looks so much better when it is squeaky clean. There is nothing quite like a fresh, healthy complexion that simply glows for making you feel good about yourself. Exfoliating your skin is one way to give youself the complexion you deserve.

Over the past few years, men have also realized that they can do more to help their skin look better and have started to take skincare seriously as well. After all, exfoliation is one of the easiest ways for both men and women to make positive changes to their skin, so let’s take a look at 5 reasons why you might need to explore exfoliation.

1. Your skin looks dull, flaky and dry. A build up of dead cells and debris on the surface of your skin makes your skin look dull, because the dead skin cells no longer have a healthy glow. Underneath all of this debris your skin might be perfectly healthy, but it is hidden by a patina of old, dead cells that gives your skin a grayish cast.

The dead skin cells collect on the surface of your skin, flaking away over time, which is why your skin can be flaky. This layer of debris stops moisturizers from penetrating your skin, and this causes your skin to become dry. Exfoliating your skin removes all of these problems and reveals the beautiful, healthy skin that has been hidden away for years.

using an exfoliant 2. You have lots of blackheads and bumpy pores. Some types of skin are more prone to blackheads and bumpy blocked pores than others and a buildup of dead cells and other debris just makes it worse.

Blackheads occur when sebum blocks your pores and the sebum forms a clump with dead skin cells blocking the pore. When this mix of debris is exposed to the air, it becomes oxidized and turns black – forming a blackhead.

An exfoliant can help to remove the build up of dead skin cells on your skin, removing all of the excess sebum and preventing blackheads from forming. It can also go a long way to removing the blackheads themselves, but sometimes you also need a good deep cleanse to remove them all. Once your skin is finally clean, an exfoliant should keep blackheads at bay.

 3. You suffer from mild blemishes and acne. No-one really knows the true cause of acne and there is most probably a whole host of different causes. We do know however, that mild types of acne can be caused by a buildup of sebum and debris in your pores, just like blackheads. When the same blocked pores becomes infected, it becomes inflamed and turns into a pimple instead of a blackhead.

Since there is a similar cause for blackheads and acne, exfoliation of your skin can help both problems, clearing out blocked pores and removing the debris and excess sebum. Depending on the cause of your acne, exfoliation might not completely resolve the situation, but it will help to keep your skin clean, which is a big step in the right direction.

Woman being examined before using an exfoliant4. You have some minor pigmentation problems. Minor pigmentation problems can be made to look a lot better when you exfoliate your skin. Problems such as age spots and sun spots can sometimes be eliminated or made to look a lot lighter by removing the darkened cells on the outer layer of your skin.

If you add in a skin brightener (for example a vitamin C serum), then you give your skin a much better chance to overcome any mild pigmentation problems you might have with your skin.

Severe hyper-pigmentation needs to be referred to a dermatologist, but quite often milder cases can be improved with exfoliation and lightening products.

5. None of your skincare products seem to work. One of the problems with a buildup of dead cells and debris on your skin is that it forms a barrier to your skincare products. You might have spent a fortune on luxury moisturizers and serums filled with wonderful ingredients, but you find that they don’t work as well as advertised. Or you might find that the effectiveness of your skincare products decreases over time.

Removing this barrier of debris on your skin allows your moisturizers and serums to really penetrate your skin, working much more effectively. An exfoliant really is a cost-effective addition to your skincare routine, not only unblocking your pores, but also helping your other skincare products to do their job as well.


An exfoliant gives you clearer, more beautiful skin

Woman washing face with exfoliant in bathroomThere are so many benefits from including an exfoliant into your beauty routine that you really can’t afford to ignore them any longer.

They might not be the total solution to your skin problems, but they will definitely  help to clear blocked pores, remove blackheads and whiteheads, and reduce mild acne and mild pigmentation.

You can start with a mild facial scrub, chemical peel or even jump in and checkout microdermabrasion machines, but whichever you decide, your skin will be eternally grateful.



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