Why Exfoliation Should be a Regular Part of Your Skin Care Routine

Oct 28, 2019 | Skin Care

Are you religiously slathering on the sunscreen, cleansing, and moisturizing, but your skin still looks dull and broken out? It is time to revamp your skin care regimen by adding exfoliation to it.

Exfoliation is the removal of dead skin cells on the skin’s top layer. While our skin naturally sheds those cells, the process slows down as we age. This means that the cell regeneration process is much slower. When old skin cells collect on the surface of the skin, the result is rough, dry, and dull skin. What’s more, the buildup can result in clogged pores and excess oil. Proper exfoliation removes the buildup of dead skin cells and speeds up cell renewal.

Here’s why you should add regular exfoliation to your skin care routine:

  • Makes Your Skin Smoother: As exfoliation removes dead skin cells, it can improve your skin texture and make it smooth and silky to the touch. If you have dry or dehydrated skin, regular exfoliation can help treat your flakes and ensure you have new, younger skin.
  • Unclogs Pores: Clogged pores trap oil and debris under your skin’s surface, which causes breakouts because the oil has nowhere to go. Sweeping away dead and dry skin through exfoliation effectively unclogs your pores and prevents stubborn stoppages in the form of blackheads, whiteheads, and acne.
  • Helps Even Out Skin Tone: Because exfoliating gets rid of debris and dead skin cells, it makes your skin appear to look more uniform over time. The newer skill cells are fresher looking, which gives skin a nice little glow.
  • Helps Counteract Signs of Aging: Regular exfoliation helps stimulate collagen production, which keeps the skin looking tight, plump, and young. This helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Helps Other Skin Care Products Work Better: When that layer of dead skin is removed, the surface of the skin is smoothed and pores unclogged, your other skin care products are able to penetrate more deeply. As such, growth factors, moisturizers, and serums are able to penetrate deeper into the skin and do their job more efficiently. Regular exfoliation also allows for a more flawless makeup application since makeup products sit better on smooth and polished skin.

The overall benefits show the more you exfoliate, the better – but don’t overdo it. Over-exfoliation can remove too much of that protective barrier and strip away natural oils. How often you should be exfoliating will depend on the type of exfoliation and your skin’s response to it.

For expert advice and product recommendations, contact the skin care experts at North Scottsdale Laser and Skin Care Clinic at 480-513-2888 or set up an appointment online for a complimentary consultation.