Ever wondered why everyone makes such a big deal out of exfoliating? If you think your skin is too oily to bother with it – you need to think again. Exfoliating has a range of benefits that extend to every skin type, though the type of skin you have will determine how often it needs to be done, and what kind of exfoliator will benefit you the most.
The major benefits of exfoliation can be classified into four points:
CLEARS ACNE & BREAKOUTS
Exfoliating cleans and unclogs your pores, which prevents oil from being trapped under the skin’s surface leading to breakouts and blackheads. Problem skin can be prone to shedding extra skin cells more than other types, and those cells stick to the skin, clogging pores and hair follicles. As the dead skin cells build up, the skin produces extra follicle oils, which leads to blackheads and breakouts.
Exfoliation removes this layer allowing for the regulation of these oils, which reduces likelihood of acne or blackheads.
Removing dead skin cells from the skin’s surface allows for faster skin renewal. Your skin will feel smoother and softer, changing your complexion from dull and dry to bright, vibrant and smooth.
COUNTERACTS SIGNS OF AGEING
As you age, your skin becomes drier and less elastic, which can result in lines and wrinkles. By exfoliating the dead cells that tend to exaggerate the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, you can acheive a more youthful looking skin.
Exfoliating removes the layer of dead skin cells on the top layer of your skin, which means it allows your skin products to reach the new, fresh cells that would be hidden underneath. Your skincare products are then able to penetrate more deeply and effectively because they are not fighting to get through a layer of dead cells.
Which should you use?
Elixir Fusion offer two different types of exfoliators to cater to different skins and preferences. Their Granular Exfoliator is suitable for all skins, and consists of apricot kernels suspended in an Aloe Ferox gel infused with Lavender and Rose Geranium. The apricot kernels are a coarser grain, so this product is best used a maximum of twice a week.
The Multi-Active Enzyme Exfoliator is gentler than the Granular Exfoliator, as it relies on bamboo granules, papaya enzymes and fruit acids in the exfoliation process. Suspended in an Aloe Ferox gel, it is also infused with Grapefruit, Lemon and Sweet Orange that work to clear congested skin, balance and revive the skin. This product may be used up to three times a week due to it’s gentle nature.
Thank you to Elixir Fusion for this article.