Regardless of what your skin type is, exfoliating is vital for healthy skin!
Naturally, the skin renews itself with new cells every 30 days or so.
Just like using a loofah on your body, your face needs that little help to get rid of dead skin cells too. (If you don't do either, this is your sign to start now...) When old cells don't shed entirely or accumulate on the skin's surface, it can lead to blemishes and acne from excess oil and clogged pores.
Benefits of Exfoliating
Not only does exfoliating uncover fresh cells, but it also aids in the effectiveness of your skincare routine and in solving issues arising from skin imperfections.
- Betters skin's moisture levels
If your skin has been deprived of a good exfoliation session, it's very likely that your skin is dehydrated and unable to properly take in hydrating moisturisers applied. Just by exfoliating regularly, you can remove dry, flaky skin and make space for your skin cells to optimally absorb nutrients.
- Diminishes blemished skin and breakouts
If you suffer from breakouts and acne-prone skin, exfoliating could just be what you need to unclog pores as well as minimise the formation of white and blackheads.
- Counters skin's ageing process
As a natural process of life, your skin will age along with you too. This is when you may notice rough patches, reduced elasticity and darker hyperpigmentation. To prevent dull skin, exfoliate! It'll break up pigmented cells and help retain a healthy glow in softer skin.
Celebrity esthetician Renée Rouleau states when you increase exfoliation "you are tricking your skin into acting young again".
- Enhances collagen growth
If there's one thing we all love, it's collagen: the key to glowing, vibrant skin! Exfoliating long-term can increase collagen production, which promotes elasticity and minimise the appearance of fine lines or sagging skin as well.
How Should Exfoliation Go?
So what's the ultimate way of exfoliating? It all depends on your skin's sensitivity and health.
There's manual exfoliation with granule scrubs and clay masks; chemical exfoliation like peels and acid serums with alpha or beta hydroxy acids for a deeper level of cleansing; natural and gentle exfoliation with fruit-derived enzymes.
Exfoliation's all about balance, timing and strength: knowing when and how to do it without taking away too much of your skin's natural oils. More often than not, we end up being too harsh on our skin which will result in rough, dehydrated, and patchy skin. When the skin has lost its ability to absorb and retain moisture, the effects of other skincare products will be insignificant.
It's also crucial to go for a gentle exfoliant, otherwise, your skin might get too dried out and produce excess sebum instead...which adversely puts you back on the track of acne and blemishes.
Youthful Skin With Bright Skies
It can be rather tedious and get tricky when deciding on the perfect exfoliant for your skin, which is why Sigi Skin came up with a vegan option that caters to all skin types! Introducing our Bright Skies Gentle Gel Exfoliator, made up of a blend of goji berries, pumpkin extracts and spinach extracts.
This prime exfoliant is without microbeads, which are banned in certain areas because they contaminate water supplies when washed down drains, as well as damage marine life and the planet's ecological equilibrium. So if you've been trying to acquire planet-friendly products that'll also give you great skin, look no further!
To reap all benefits, exfoliate your skin about two to three times a week. Here at Sigi Skin, our go-to routine includes Bright Skies twice a week and following it with a weekly extra cleanse using Garden Party Deep Cleansing Clay Mask or Tea-Tox Probiotics Sheet Mask. For those with sensitive, dry and combination skin, exfoliate once a week.
At the end of the day, you could be doing everything from cleansing to masking, but if you're not exfoliating, your skin wouldn't be at its optimal health. Don't sleep on this; start your exfoliation routine today!