The Top Five Reasons Why You Must Include An Exfoliant In Your Skincare Routine
Exfoliating your skin – is it really essential or can your skin still function at its best without this step in your skincare routine?
Here are the main benefits for including an exfoliant in your skincare routine, so you can assess if it’s right for you!
1. Your skin can use a little boost
Your skin’s natural regeneration cycle (where it sheds older skin and reveals newer skin cells) is 28 days on average (the cycle slowly increases as we age).
Some skin types are better at shedding dead skin cells on their own than others, and gentle exfoliation can help buff away dead skin cells to keep your skin smooth, soft, and clear.
An exfoliant is also such an easy product to add to your existing skincare routine –a wash-off exfoliant can be used right after on a damp face and washed off (apply after cleansing and before toning, serum, and moisturiser).
2. Exfoliating works for all skin types and concerns
Stemlab’s Detoxifying Exfoliant Paste can help to remove dry flakes and rough patches, whilst adding moisture back with each use thanks to the hydrating and healing rosehip it contains. In some cases, rosehip has also helped reduce scarring and pigmentation damage with consistent use.
There really is an exfoliant designed for every skin type, even sensitive. Ideally, avoid a harsh scrub or chemical option as these may irritate sensitive skin and could impact your skins natural balance. Instead, we suggesting opting for a gentle, natural product that uses eco-friendly physical exfoliants.
Made from 100% natural ingredients, this exfoliant also contains watermelon and strawberry extracts which is great news for combination and oilier skin types too. These ingredients help to purify and detoxify, whilst boosting collagen and promoting cell regeneration
3. Optimise the results of your skincare routine
Using an exfoliant after you cleanse provides a fresh, clean base for your next steps. By removing the uppermost layer of no longer beneficial dead skin cells you are preparing your skin for better absorption and penetration of other skincare products and treatments in your routine.
This enables the active ingredients and nutrient-rich ingredients and antioxidants in your serums and moisturisers to work even more efficiently and effectively to improve skin condition at a cellular level.
4. Exfoliating is restorative and preventative
As well as being restorative by helping to unclog pores and act as a ‘re-set’ button for your skin, exfoliating also helps to stop breakouts before they have a chance to appear. By removing the dead skin covering the pores there is less change of them becoming clogged. This is essential for drier skin too as sebum and dirt become trapped under flaky or dry, rough patches.
5. You’ll experience some immediate results
Unlike some skin products in your care routine, exfoliation has visible immediate results. After using a gentle, natural-based physical exfoliant, you can expect to have softer, smoother, more supple skin. Exfoliants with beneficial active ingredients will also continue to work long term to nourish and protect, whilst improving overall condition for healthier skin.