Regular exfoliation is probably the most underutilized component of most people’s skin care routine.
Immediately after exfoliating, your skin will feel smoother and softer. By removing the outer layer of the dead cells of the epidermis, you not only improve the feel and texture of your skin, but you also stimulate production of fresh, new skin cells to achieve a more healthy complexion. At the same time, removing the layer of dull, dead skin cells not only allows oxygen to reach and nourish your living cells, but it makes it easier to benefit from skin care products applied to your skin.
There are three main categories of skin exfoliation products. Fruit acid or glycolic acid loosen the “glue” than binds dead skin cells together, making it easier to wash them away. Retinol products not only help remove the outer layer, but also stimulate the production of collagen, which helps support your skin’s structure and provide firmness.
Microdermabrasion exfoliation uses tiny abrasive crystals to scrub away the outer layer without irritation. A popular type of facial scrub uses very small amber crystals that effectively remove dead skin without any tearing or irritation.
As a final note, because your outermost layer of skin is removed after any exfoliation procedure, it is important to use a sunblock afterward.