6 reasons why you need to exfoliate your body
Skin is constantly turning over, generating new cells at the lower level (the dermis) and sending them up to replace dead skin cells on the upper layer (epidermis). As we age, this process of cell regeneration slows down and we are slower to shed skin cells and generate new ones. When old skin cells start to pile up on the surface of the skin, it can leave skin looking dull, rough, bumpy and dry. In addition, the build-up of dead skin cells can result in excess oil and clogged pores, which can lead to blemishes and acne.
Exfoliation removes the barrier of dead skin cells clogging the skin and uncovers the fresh new cells below, leaving your skin looking fresh and healthy.
As dead skin has less elasticity than skin that is alive and younger, it forms wrinkles more easily, it sags, it pulls and it doesn’t ‘bounce back’. Exfoliating the dead skin layer means skin stays elastic and wrinkles are reduced.
As dead skin forms a barrier, it stops anything from getting through. Exfoliation opens the way for moisturizing products to penetrate more deeply into the skin, making them work more effectively.
If you use spray tans regularly, you should really exfoliate regularly too, as it gives skin tanning products a cleaner, smoother canvas. This, in turn, allows for a better, longer lasting tan.
You wouldn't shave with a dull razor, and you shouldn't shave dead skin - it clogs up your razor and doesn't give you the close shave you want. Exfoliating before you shave means you will benefit from a smoother, closer shave.
Suffer from itchy skin? It may be worse during the winter, when winter dry skin sets in, and scratching will just make everything worse. If you exfoliate, you’re getting rid of the gunk that has been building up on your skin, which is the cause of all that hideous itchiness. Exfoliate regularly, and your skin will feel clean and totally itch-free.
In short, when you exfoliate, you are benefitting your body by increasing the blood circulation and lymphatic system; this helps encourage new skin cells, breaks down fatty tissues, and breaks down and drains toxins from the skin. After exfoliating the skin is left beautifully soft and ready to absorb a good moisturiser.
Thank you Lucaxx Freire for the photo.
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