By now most of you have heard about the importance of exfoliation for maintaining healthy skin. (The rest of you should really get with it.) You know how it helps to rid the skin of dead skin cells, dirt, oil and other contaminants that are detrimental to healthy skin. And you also know that an exfoliating body scrub is particularly effective after the use of products such as Apothederm’s moisturizing cleanser. (In addition to ridding the skin of impurities, our moisturizing cleanser also contains age-fighting antioxidants and vitamins.) However, we at Apothederm thought that you might also like to know these other useful facts about this all too often neglected part of a daily beauty regime.
- Your skin can exfoliate itself: Up until the age of about 30, the skin exfoliates itself every 25 days. Afterwards, the skin slows down considerably making exfoliation even more important in older women. Also, simply because the skin of younger women does exfoliate itself naturally does not mean that it does not require additional help depending on their lifestyle, diet, heredity, etc.
- How often you exfoliate is determined by several factors: Women with oily skin, for example, may need to exfoliate more often than women with dry skin. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, skin conditions such as severe acne can also determine how often you should exfoliate.
- You should be gentle when you exfoliate: Rubbing the skin too often or too hard when exfoliating can cause more harm than good. Use light pressure when exfoliating. Scrubbing the skin too roughly is more likely to irritate the skin than it is to clean it.
- You should exfoliate year-round: Many people fail to adhere to a strict beauty routine during the winter months. However, the winter season presents its own set of challenges to the skin. You may sweat less during this time of year but the skin has to contend with dryness and dirt as well as other contaminants. These conditions assault the skin all year round.
- Evening is the best time to exfoliate: According to Dr. Arleen Lamba of the Blush Med Institute, the skin rebalances its ph level and produces collagen most effectively at night.
In short, exfoliation is – or should be – a simple, yet critical, part of your daily beauty routine. For those of you who are not exfoliating your skin the cost of not doing so may be skin that is not as clean as it could be. Clean skin looks and feels better and resists the effects of aging more effectively than does skin that is not properly cared for.