Why Should You Exfoliate?

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By Master Esthetician Brit Jessop (from justbrit.com)


Why is everyone talking about exfoliation all the time? There’s a good reason. Around the age of 20, your skins ability to slough (shed) its skin cells slows down.

Have you ever looked at babies or toddlers and thought, “Their skin is so perfect!” It is because their cell-shedding rate is much higher than adults!

When I say cell turnover and sloughing, here is what I mean:  

Your skin cells have a life span of about two or three weeks. After those weeks are up, the dull dead cells detach and fall off. Or should I say, “try to fall off.” This reveals the newer and brighter skin cells underneath.

As we age we need a little extra help in helping those cells come off. Enter in exfoliation. Exfoliation is the process of removing dead surface skin cells by manual removal (scrubs or microdermabrasion) or by chemical removal (chemical peels).

Manual exfoliation, such as body scrubs, can offer instant gratification. Meaning you don’t have to go through the long process of applying a chemical and then hide inside for days waiting for it to peel. I use Borika Body’s Mocha + Cinnamon Scrub for my skin. Simply mix the scrub with a bit of water, scrub in circular motions, and then rinse with water. You are left with skin that is literally glowing because the dull dead cells have instantly been removed, leaving new bright and healthy cells. It is good to exfoliate about 2-3 times a week.

Exfoliating with natural ingredients, such as Coffee, Cocoa and Epsom Salts (as found in some of the Borika Body Scrubs) can also help with acne, stretch marks and cellulite. It is also an amazing addition for those wanting a closer shave.

So next time you feel like your skin is a little bit dull, reach for that scrub and exfoliate!