Skin cells are produced on an ongoing basis, resulting in old, dead cells being sloughed off. Exfoliating as part of a daily skin care routine helps to remove these dead cells, encourage production of fresh, new ones, and boost circulation to the skin surface to supply oxygen-rich blood to nourish skin cells.
What’s more, the increased blood flow to the skin encourages collagen
production. Skipping this vital part of your skin care regime can lead to a dull and lacklustre complexion and the need for more expensive beauty treatments.
Tips for adding exfoliation to your skin care routine:
- Start with moist skin – if it’s too dry, your skin may become red and irritated.
- Massage the exfoliant into the skin very gently in circular motions.
- When you’ve finished, rinse with lukewarm water – never too hot or cold, especially if you’re prone to reddening or broken capillaries.
- Always moisturise well afterwards – many women enjoy the tight, squeaky clean feeling that exfoliation can create, but this won’t help wrinkles or moisture levels of the skin.
- Use the finest, gentlest exfoliating agents as harsh ones can strip skin of natural moisture and irritate the upper layer.
- People with broken capillaries (‘spider veins’) should take extra care when exfoliating, as should those with sensitive skin.
- Never exfoliate close to the eyes, as skin here is very delicate and can easily be damaged.
- Don’t exfoliate more than twice a week, especially if skin is dry and sensitive.