we're all about exfoliation

We love exfoliation!

Exfoliation – do we need to do it? With the cleansing, toning, moisturizing and twice-weekly masque, surely we could leave out this step? If you desire optimal skin health then we wouldn’t recommend it! If you suffer from blackheads and/or pimples, then this should be an even higher priority in your regime and we’ll look at why this is true.

Put very simply, exfoliation is the removal of dead, dry skin cells from the very surface of our skin (or epidermis). This is a natural process carried out by our skin, but it usually needs a helping hand by way of an exfoliating product to do the job properly.

It goes without saying that by removing an old outer layer of skin cells, things are going to look a lot brighter and feel smoother, so this instant glow-improvement is the most obvious reason to have an exfoliator in your skincare line-up.

Pimples and blackheads rear their ugly heads due to a combination of sebum (our skin’s natural oil secretion) and an accumulation of skin cells. These two things merge together and create a blockage. When a bit of bacteria joins the party (and bacteria love to hang out with old skin cells!) we have a slightly sore, red pimple. The key here is to prevent this cascade of events from getting started.

Exfoliating loosens the ‘glue’ that holds dead dry skin cells together so that can then be sloughed away easily. In addition, an effective exfoliant will help to loosen and remove plugs of excess sebum, stopping pimples and blackheads before they are a thing. Many chemical exfoliants also have an antibacterial action, even better!

So, we’ve all seen a huge array of exfoliation options out there – where does one begin? If you have sensitive or breakout-prone skin, then a chemical exfoliant is the way to go. Physical scrubs which use gritty particles to polish the skin are suited to some but the last thing you want to do is aggravate inflamed pimples by any vigorous scrubbing. Doing this may even cause little tears in the skin which may pave the way for more bacteria, therefore, more pimples. Treating breakouts in this abrasive way is likely to delay the healing process also, just not a great idea!

Your best choice here is a chemical exfoliant like our NEW Flashfoliant which omits any scrubbing agents and instead uses Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA’s) or Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHA’s). These clever acids work by dissolving the bond that keeps old skin cells hanging out together and also trapped oil. This way, existing blockages are loosened, and new pimples and blackheads are less likely to occur, without damage to your precious skin. A particularly effective chemical exfoliant for breakout-prone skins is Salicylic Acid, a BHA which is capable of penetrating deep into pores to dissolve clogged oil plugs. It’s also antibacterial and anti-inflammatory – win!.
Need yet another reason to exfoliate? By removing a layer of old skin cell build-up, you’re essentially removing a barrier which can prevent our other products from penetrating properly and doing their job. Let’s face it, we’d all rather that our skincare had its best shot at working its magic!

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