Exfoliation is a process that removes the dead skin cells on the surface of the skin. You can use a scrub to remove these cells or use special scrubs that have special acids which dissolve and aid with dead skin cell removal without having to scrub.

So why should we exfoliate?

As we get older, the skin’s ability to regenerate cells starts to slow down, making it more difficult to get rid of dead skin cells and make new ones. The dead skin cells start to accumulate on the skin, which can cause it to look rough, dull, and dry; the layers of dead skin cells can also clog pores and cause excess oil, which increases the risk of breakouts and blemished.

When you exfoliate, the dead skin cells that clog the skin are removed and new, fresh cells appear. The moisturizers can go more deeply in the skin and will result in fresher, healthier skin.

However, be careful when you exfoliate-too much or too rough can damage your skin. Just like choosing a moisturizer and cleanser that suits your skin type, you should also think about what kind of exfoliator you need; they are not all the same. If you have a sensitive complexion or are prone to blemishes, you need to select your exfoliator carefully.

For best results, do not exfoliate manually (with a scrub) more than 3 x a week. You may decide to try a chemical exfoliator, but follow instructions for how often you should use it; it should not be done on a weekly basis.

When you are shopping for a scrub, look at the particles; if they are jagged and rough, avoid the scrub; it could hurt your skin. Choose one with particles that are round and smooth and don’t scrub too roughly; scrubbing lightly is fine if you have a good exfoliator. Otherwise, your skin may end up red and irritated.

If you decide to try a chemical exfoliator, look for one with alpha or beta hydroxyl to make sure it exfoliates deeply. However, if your skin is sensitive, select a peel that has enzymes derived from fruit- there are many natural products out there for sensitive skin.

Remember, if you want your skin to be as healthy as possible, you need to exfoliate regularly. Make sure you don’t do it more than once a week. If you do this, you will notice healthy, glowing skin and skin that feels healthy and happy.