Why Exfoliate your body?
Skin needs to be exfoliated. As we age, the rate of skin cell turnover slows down, meaning the body takes longer to shed old skin. Yuck right? Recent studies have shown that it takes 40-60 days for skin cells to be completely regenerated in mature adults and the production of collagen - a crucial protein to skin's firmness and elasticity decreases with age, resulting in a structurally weakened skin.
What can you do to slow the process?
Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate. Removing dirt and dead skin cells help to eliminate dullness, roughness and dry skin on our bodies. Exfoliating is the LEAST used step in our body care regimen today, and we want to change that drastically. Exfoliating just 2-3 times a week will leave a smooth, radiant complexion. And according to top skincare researchers, “the key attribute of a youthful, healthy-looking complexion is radiance.”
Radiance is achieved when skin is smooth enough to reflect light! As we age, radiance diminishes as our skin begins to show signs of aging. This is due in part to the cell turnover rate, mentioned above, slows down and a build up of that dull rough and dry skin is not removed.
Skin care experts, as well as our own in house experts, suggest exfoliation to help with these conditions, dull lifeless skin, as exfoliation is stimulating and invigorating, resulting in a more polished smooth skin surface, that, you guessed it, reflects light better.
Exfoliating dead skin cells also improves the skin's tone and texture, revealing brighter and fresher, softer looking skin.
Many Ways to Exfoliate
There are a number of body exfoliates on the market today, some have synthetic chemicals boasting better exfoliation, deeper exfoliation etc. And other means of exfoliation are "dry brushing" your skin before you even step foot into the shower or bathtub. All these varieties are excellent means of removing old skin cells, and helping smooth out dry rough patches, but leave little to no means of nourishing your freshly revealed healthy skin left after exfoliation.
Choosing a body scrub that hydrates, moisturizes and softens WHILE you exfoliate is crucial to optimize the results.
The Most Important Lesson: Don’t Over Do It
As with most things in life, moderation is key when it comes to exfoliation. Whatever form of exfoliation you use do not go by the old saying “if it’s hurting, it must be working” trap.
Too-vigorous, frequent or harsh exfoliating can irritate the skin; in fact, dermatologists warn that overzealous exfoliation is likely to damage the protective skin barrier, which can lead to more damage. In fact, any assault on the protective skin barrier can lead to sensitized and dehydrated skin!~ So choosing a scrub that is light and delicate, but garners results is crucial.
The main takeaway: don’t over do it and choose a natural ingredient product that adds moisture back into the skin as it is exfoliating such as plant oils. Oils like coconut oil, grape seed oil, Abyssinian oil, and sweet almond oil are idea.
Exfoliation Do’s and Don’ts
As you work to perfect your exfoliation routine, consider these few tips to ensure you do so safely and effectively.
If you are not exfoliating at least 2 times a week you are denying your skin a much needed process to continue to be healthy and radiant. Exfoliating is a crucial step in our skin care regimen, and is not just for our face. Body exfoliates are a luxury at home bath time addition, not just found in high end spa's. Treat yourself to a relaxing at home spa exfoliate and enjoy! Because yes, YOU are worth it!
I launched my own skin care business officially in 2013, at the age of 47 yrs young. Received my Certification in Aromatherapy shortly there after and have continued my Clinical Aromatherapy education in the Integrative Healing Practices field and Organic Cosmetic Science. I am married, have one son and two stepchildren and live in a small town in the Texas Panhandle.