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Why Skin Exfoliation is Important

Did you know how badly our skin is damaged on a daily basis? Our skin is constantly affected by environmental factors. The sun, UV rays, harsh winds, and different temperatures are all but a few of the components that damage our skin. Without proper care and protection irritants can prevent our skin from looking its best. 

Here is an example of skin damage caused by the sun courtesy of CADMEN Clinic. 

damaged skin

It’s our responsibility to make sure we provide our skin with the best care in order to counteract that damage caused naturally. One way to take care of your skin is by exfoliating properly. So, let’s check it out, here is some information about skin exfoliation.

What Is Skin Exfoliation?

Skin exfoliation is when you remove the dead skin cells present on the surface of the skin. Although it is not visible, every minute we shed tens of thousands of dead skin cells. There are two categories of skin exfoliants, mechanical and chemical. Mechanical, otherwise known as physical exfoliation, is the process of manually removing dead skin cells. This usually involves a harsh substance or firm object. Chemical exfoliation is the use of enzymes or acids to shed dead skin cells. Both methods are considered effective.

Why You Need To Exfoliate

Exfoliation should be an important step in everyone’s skincare routine. Exfoliating aids the skin in presenting its best appearance. It removes unwanted skin cells and leaves your skin looking smooth and fresh. Without exfoliation, dead skin cells may remain on the surface of the skin and cause dryness and flakiness, while giving an overall image of dull-looking skin.

A black man applying face exfoliator in the mirror
Exfoliating can do wonders to men's skin, which is thicker and rougher than women's

Benefits Of Exfoliation

There are many benefits of exfoliating, although exfoliation typically enhances the appearance of your skin, it also helps the overall health of your skin.

  • Exfoliating allows the skin to observe moisture better. After exfoliating, the skin is left refreshed. The previous dead skin cells are removed exposing a new layer of skin. Pores are left open and moisture is more easily absorbed.
  • It helps to unclog pores. Exfoliating not only removes dead skin cells but it also assists in removing any dirt. This can be seen as reducing the image of larger pores and preventing breakouts. 
  • Exfoliation helps with anti-aging. The process is actually a common solution in preventing the look of aging. By removing the dead skin cells present on the skin, newer skin from underneath the surface is exposed, giving a more youthful appearance. It also softens the skin while preventing wrinkles from forming.

How To Exfoliate

The main question asked when people are told to exfoliate is how to do it? The process is much simpler than the average person may think. Exfoliants are commonly sold in drug stores and beauty sections. Here are the most popular ways to exfoliate.

  • Exfoliating face wash is one of the most common ways to exfoliate and also the most efficient. Exfoliating face washes contain microbeads and other exfoliating substances to get rid of dirt and build-up. This step can easily be implemented into your skincare routine. You can use these washes up to twice a week, leaving your skin healthy and fresh. 
  • Exfoliating tools, these tools range from spinning brushes, silicon brushes, textured gloves, etc., all tools developed to make exfoliating easier. The rough surface of these items are strong enough to get rid of dirt, while also being soft enough to not puncture the skin.
  • Chemical peels, this exfoliant is usually administered by professionals, although some are sold to the general public, it is best to approach with caution. Chemical exfoliants can burn the skin if used wrong or used too often.
CADMEN Clinic offer several facial treatments that can help you exfoliate the dead skin and stimulate new skin growth. Visit our treatment page for more information.

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