Benefits of Exfoliation
[5 Benefits to Rejuvenate Skin]

The benefits of exfoliation include providing healthier, younger looking skin, in addition to softer skin from elimination of dead skin cells, which clean pores and allow a brighter glow to skin's appearance. 

Body scrubs are not just a relaxing spa treatment. They are being used in homes everyday for their ability to exfoliate and soften dull, dry, damaged skin. 

Exfoliation is often a favorite step of skincare for many people. 

There's just something wonderful about a grainy-textured scrub, removed by warm, wet towels, followed by massage cream or lotion.

Maybe it's the sugar, the essential oils that are added, or the carrier oil (usually almond, grapeseed, or coconut) that makes it feel like it's really working to make the skin look better, brighter, and full of life. 

Whatever ingredient makes us love body scrub, it just works to help us feel and look better. It refreshes and rejuvenates skin like nothing else.

Benefits of Exfoliation

1. Removes dead skin cells - eliminating dryness, allowing a brighter, younger skin appearance

2. Unclogs pores - cleans pores and removes debris from daily life, helping feel refreshed

3. Helps clear acne - along with clearing the pores, exfoliants help remove oil produced by sebaceous glands that gets trapped underneath the dead skin cells of the face

4. Increases Circulation and Lymphatic Drainage - exfoliation stimulates circulation of oxygen-rich blood that nourish skin, and lymphatic movement to remove toxins and other debris to reveal beautiful, fresh, natural skin

5. Allows lotions and moisturizers to work better - by exfoliating dead skin cell, other skin care products are allowed to do their job better - and really soften and moisturize skin

Regular exfoliation also helps to stimulate collagen synthesis which improves skin texture, and makes it look plump, young and more radiant. In many ways, the benefits of exfoliation on a regular basis offers true anti-aging, which may be why so many people swear by the use of exfoliation products.

Types of Exfoliation

There are three types of exfoliation: chemical, physical and enzyme.

The goal of all three is the removal of dead skin cells to reveal more youthful, radiant skin.

  1. Chemical exfoliation uses alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs), and poly-hydroxy acids (PHAs), which combine with the natural lipids in the outer layer of skin,  dissolving them so dead skin cells break away. AHA’s, BHA’s, and PHAs essentially break down the “glue” or tough dead skin that holds those cells together. Scrubs alone can't break the glue acids are used. 
  2. Physical exfoliation is the most common type, and uses gainey sugar scrubs or salt scrubs to help break dead skin cells apart and exfoliate skin. This method is used primarily on the body, as facial scrubs are used on the face and should be very mild.
  3. Enzyme exfoliation is very mild and safe for sensitive skin, as they contain milder ingredients from fruits. Although they work a bit like a chemical exfoliant, in that they break down "glue", they are much easier on the skin.

Read more about how to exfoliate according to skin type on Healthline.

Our skin is constantly shedding old skin cells to allow younger skin cells to appear on the surface. As we get older, the turnover from old to new gets much slower, so we must exfoliate to help shed our skin cells.

So, the benefits of exfoliation, removing dead skin cells, helps us to not only look younger, but feel younger too.

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