When Should You Exfoliate In Your Skin Care Routine?
Exfoliation is the secret ingredient to a well-rounded and complete skincare routine.
However, the exfoliating process isn't as black-and-white as it may first appear. Here are all the things you need to know about incorporating exfoliation into your health and beauty routine.
The Unparalleled Benefits Of Exfoliating Your Skin
Few things in life can help you feel wholly rejuvenated and revitalized. Luckily for your skin, exfoliation exists for that very reason.
Many people continuously seek to improve their health and wellness, and incorporating exfoliation into their skincare routine is one way to do this. After indulging in this essential process, you will be left with a younger and healthier complexion!
At a minimum, exfoliating can help prevent acne, clear clogged pores, and improve uneven skin tone. It also works wonders in brightening your complexion and leaving you with refreshed and healthier skin.
The surface of your skin can accumulate impurities over time, leaving you with an uneven tone or clogged pores. But when you exfoliate, you're deep-cleaning your skin and removing any firmly-rooted dead skin cells or contaminants hiding further where your daily cleanser can't reach.
Here at JUARA, products like our Candlenut Body Polish take the best of both worlds and combine exfoliation and moisturization into one dual-action scrub. This unique blend of natural ingredients skips the aggressive nature of most physical exfoliants and instead opts for a calming and hydrating formula that relieves stressed skin.
Our signature body polish is crafted from candlenut oil, which contains a rich concoction of creamy moisturizing agents to soothe your complexion as it exfoliates. Exfoliation paired with hydration is the best way to deliver a genuinely healthy and well-rounded beauty treatment for your skin!
If you're short on time, you don't even need to use the shower for this body polish, as the natural ingredients that make it up don't need to be washed away. All you need to do is apply it on dry skin to give your skin's texture the luminous glow it's been missing.
When it comes down to it, exfoliation is a valuable tool to keep in your skincare kit. If you haven't started it yet, here's your sign to get going with it!
The Reason Why Exfoliation Works So Well
Exfoliation isn't the only component of a well-rounded health and beauty regime.
When crafting your perfect skincare regime, a vital part is using a gentle cleanser that treats your complexion well. A facial cleanser is the best method for tenderly whisking away dead skin cells, dirt, oil, and makeup from your face.
But there's a vast difference between just using a facial cleanser and using an exfoliator or an exfoliating cleanser.
Exfoliating brings many benefits that a simple facial wash can't provide on its own. When you exfoliate, you're removing the dull surface layer of your skin to reveal the younger, brighter complexion underneath. It's a great way to rejuvenate your skin in just a couple of minutes completely!
But how do all these dead skin cells show up in the first place?
Your skin is a living, breathing part of you, and it's up to you to take care of it. The outer layers of your skin are continuously recycled over time as part of a natural process. Exfoliating helps promote healthy cell turnover, allowing your body to make way for new, healthy cells.
Incorporating Exfoliation Into Your Skincare Routine
A lot goes into curating and maintaining a successful and helpful skincare routine. Exfoliating is a vital step in many people's health and beauty routines that promotes a healthy and glowing complexion.
But sometimes it's true that you actually can have too much of a good thing. When it comes to exfoliating, it only works if you don't overdo it.
When you start to over-exfoliate, it can cause your pores to produce excess oil (sebum), which can then lead to clogged pores. It's also common for frequent exfoliation to lead to inflamed and irritated skin, especially if you already have acne-prone skin.
Certain exfoliators can even lead to the development of micro-tears in your skin if they're too rough. And then the cycle continues.
How often you exfoliate depends on your skin type and what works for you. However, it's usually best to refrain from daily exfoliation.
It's widely recognized that exfoliating your skin should happen on average once or twice per week. This can even be bumped up to nearly every other day for more resilient skin. Just listen to what your skin tells you - it knows what's best!
How To Properly Exfoliate
Exfoliating can work wonders for your skin for both its appearance and health. But if you don't exfoliate the right way or properly use the products themselves, you'll be left with less than satisfactory results.
So, what is the best way to exfoliate?
Start In The Shower
The key to exfoliating is being encompassed by steamy, warm water. Whether in the shower or the bath, ensure you are surrounded by heated water and steam when you exfoliate.
This is for a couple of reasons: the first is that the warm water will effortlessly open your pores and allow your skin to relax fully. In addition, as you exfoliate, the water will gently coax away dead skin cells that you remove.
Immersing your face or body in hot water will release your skin's natural body oils and keep your skin soft.
Cleanse First, Exfoliate Second
After your pores are relaxed from the hot steam and water, you should cleanse with a gentle facial wash before exfoliating. This is to prep the skin by removing any makeup, oil, and dead cells clinging to the surface.
Next, take a small amount of your exfoliant and massage the product across your face or body in gentle, circular motions. Avoid delicate areas such as around your eyes and eyebrows.
Exfoliants like our Radiance Enzyme Scrub & Enzyme Mask refine your complexion by using botanicals and the rich presence of vitamin C to promote healthy and glowing skin. The natural physical exfoliants of bamboo and jojoba beads effortlessly clear your pores and cleanse your skin while being gentle on even sensitive skin.
The formula in this enzyme scrub smoothly glides across your skin to soothe stressed skin while delivering an intensely hydrating treatment. This product, in particular, has garnered many avid fans who attest to the beautiful benefits this scrub can give your complexion.
After exfoliating, thoroughly rinse off and product and pat your skin dry with a clean towel.
For exfoliating your body, you can focus more aggressive physical exfoliation on areas like your elbows, knees, and heels - these areas have the thickest skin and can withstand more vigorous scrubbing.
When choosing an exfoliant, opting for products made with natural ingredients is a great way to avoid a negative reaction to the harsh nature of a physical exfoliant.
Using our cleansing Invigorating Coffee Scrub as an exfoliator will reinvent your definition of "skincare." Paired with the hot steam and water from your shower, this scrub will use the natural invigoration contained in ground coffee to cleanse and buff your skin as your use it.
We create our unique skincare products from natural ingredients like coconut and rice bran oil, with formulas inspired by long-lasting Indonesian health and wellness customs. The specially crafted blend in this coffee scrub will even help improve your skin texture, leaving you with glowing results, regardless of your skin type!
Using a natural ingredient like coffee grounds as a physical exfoliant is an easy way to provide your skin with the most healthy and beneficial exfoliation treatment.
How To Use Chemical Exfoliants
There are two types of exfoliants in the health and beauty market - physical exfoliants and chemical exfoliants.
While physical exfoliation buffs the skin, chemical exfoliation removes dead cells by dissolving them. It might sound a bit more intimidating, but you can typically even use a chemical exfoliant on dry skin as a leave-on treatment.
Chemical exfoliants are either alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) or beta hydroxy acids (BHA). Alpha hydroxy acids like glycolic acid are the most popular and work by loosening impurities on the skin's surface to make them easier to wash away. Beta hydroxy acids, on the other hand, are best for oily skin, as they can easily penetrate sebum to deeply delve into your pores.
Salicylic acid is one of the most reliable and valuable BHAs you can use for your skin. These types of powerful ingredients are not only excellent for exfoliation but also for treating acne and erasing fine lines and wrinkles.
Finishing Your Skincare Routine
After exfoliating, any serums or creams you apply to your skin will be more effective. Removing the deepest facial impurities will make your skin much more receptive to any products you will use after exfoliating.
So, the best time to apply any skincare products will be right after exfoliating. Lather on your choice of serums, moisturizing lotions, and leave-on treatments, and watch how your complexion shines!
Your exfoliation journey starts here. We'll be right next to you on this adventure to healthier and better skin!
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