Don’t let dead skin cells dull your glow
Do you ever wonder how some people seem to have a natural glow that defies the hands of time? Turns out, the secret to smooth and radiant skin starts with a simple skincare practice that has been cherished for centuries.
Now, while any skincare junkie knows the importance of lathering up your complexion morning and night, many people seem to minimize the importance of actually exfoliating the skin. Just think of your complexion like a rare gem: as a stone needs polishing to maintain its inner brilliance, your skin requires a similar process to unveil its true radiance.
If you’re new to the game of exfoliation (or want to avoid overdoing it), we’ve got all the deets on how to do it right, plus the best products to achieve that radiant glow. So, keep on scrolling to discover how you can elevate your skincare game to a whole new level.
THE SCIENCE BEHIND EXFOLIATION
Exfoliation involves the removal of dead skin cells that accumulate on the skin's surface over time. These cells can make your complexion appear dull, uneven and even lead to clogged pores and breakouts. By gently sloughing off these dead cells, you're not only enhancing your skin's appearance, but also allowing your other skincare products to penetrate more effectively.
WHY EXFOLIATION MATTERS
Brighter Complexion | Regular exfoliation helps reveal fresh, healthy skin cells, giving your complexion an instant boost in brightness and vibrancy.
Smooth Texture | Say goodbye to rough, uneven skin texture. Exfoliation encourages the growth of new skin cells, promoting a smoother feel.
Prevents Breakouts | By removing dead cells that can clog pores, exfoliation helps prevent acne and breakouts, leading to clearer skin.
Anti-Aging Benefits | As we age, our skin's natural exfoliation process slows down. Exfoliating helps stimulate cell turnover to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Enhanced Product Absorption | When dead skin cells are out of the way, your serums and moisturizers can penetrate deeply to maximize their effectiveness.
THE BEST PRODUCTS TO GENTLY EXFOLIATE YOUR SKIN
When it comes to adding exfoliation into your skincare routine, finding the right products is essential. Luckily, we have two essentials that fit seamlessly into any skincare routine for added smoothness and glow:
Exfoliating Cleanser: Adding a cleanser with exfoliating ingredients is an excellent way to streamline your skincare routine. And when it comes to choosing the right exfoliant, you have choices:
Physical Exfoliators | Usually what you think of when you hear the word exfoliant (*enter* the apricot scrub that was ever-present on all our bathroom counters). Physical exfoliators are textured ingredients like seeds and beads that scrub your skin to polish away dry, flakey skin.
Chemical Exfoliators| Invisible to the eye, but good at their job, chemical exfoliants include ingredients like salicylic, alpha hydroxy and beta hydroxy acids that work to exfoliate the complexion by “breaking down” dead skin cells.
Enzyme Exfoliators| The gentle sister of chemical exfoliators, enzymes also do their job by loosening the bonds between dead skin cells, helping them wash away with ease. Enzyme exfoliators also tend to be gentler on the complexion, which makes them great for daily use and/or sensitive skin types.
SKIN GYM PICK | Super Ginseng + Celery Gel Cleanser: This gel cleanser from Skin Gym harnesses the power of ginseng and vitamin-rich celery extract to invigorate your skin while removing impurities. This gentle yet effective formula ensures a fresh canvas for your skincare routine and is gentle enough for everyday use.
Retinol: Known as one of the most popular chemical exfoliants, retinol is a form of vitamin A that’s totted for its ability to promote healthy cell turnover and improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and uneven skin texture. This multi-tasking wonder makes a great addition to an exfoliating routine (especially for mature skin types), and it can easily be added incorporated in the form of serums, lotions and moisturizers.
SKIN GYM PICK | R-Dew Retinol Body Lotion: Don't forget that exfoliation isn't just for your face! The R-Dew Retinol Body Lotion by Skin Gym is a game-changer for your body care routine. Infused with retinol, it promotes skin renewal and helps improve the appearance of uneven skin tone, fine lines and rough texture. Your body deserves the same level of care as your face, and this lotion delivers just that.
HOW TO INCORPORATE EXFOLIATION INTO YOUR ROUTINE
Frequency: Depending on your skin type, exfoliate 1-3 times a week. Those with sensitive skin should opt for gentler exfoliation.
Preparation: Cleanse your face before exfoliating to ensure your skin is free from makeup and impurities.
Application: Apply your chosen exfoliant using gentle, circular motions. Avoid scrubbing aggressively, as this can irritate the skin.
Follow Up: After exfoliation, moisturize to keep your skin hydrated—and enjoy your smooth, radiant complexion!