Whether you’re a beauty guru or a relative beginner, most of us know that exfoliation is a key step in our beauty routines and an important part of keeping our skin healthy. But WHY do we need to exfoliate, and are we focusing on all of the parts which need a good scrubbing? We’ve got the low-down on exfoliation so you can make sure you’re getting it right.
Why should we exfoliate?
The skin is a living, breathing organ, constantly renewing itself and replacing old skin cells. During this process, dead skin cells sometimes manage to cling to the skin and this can leave your skin looking dry, dull and generally not great. Exfoliation clears away these old cells, encourages cell renewal, stops pores from becoming blocked with dead cells and improves circulation, too.
Where should we exfoliate?
Well, the obvious answer is – basically everywhere! Most of us will use scrubbing products on our face and bodies, but certain key areas often get forgotten. Your back is one huge area that often gets left out, so investing in a body brush and getting someone to give your back a once over every now and again would be a good idea.
Another key area which gets forgotten more than almost any other is our scalp. Exfoliating the scalp regularly can keep it healthier in the long run, preventing issues from cropping up and improving the look of hair. Our skin and scalp are part of the same ecosystem, as we would exfoliate, cleanse, and moisturise our skin, we should do the same with our scalp.
You may also be surprised to learn that exfoliating your armpits and bikini lines is really important. Most of us either shave or wax (or use some other hair removal method) in these areas which makes us susceptible to ingrown hairs. Exfoliating allows ingrown hairs to be released from under the skin, stopping them from forming into boils and becoming infected.
Which Products Do We Recommend?
For the face, we recommend Decleor Phytopeel Smooth Exfoliating Cream, a gentle cream exfoliator that removes dead skin cells for a clear and radiant complexion. It’s suitable for all skin types and can be used once or twice a week as a part of your regular routine.
For the body, we recommend Elemis Exotic Lime and Ginger Salt Glow, which is an invigorating and nourishing exfoliator that tones and boosts metabolism.