Our skin naturally exfoliates about every 28 days, but regardless of the body part, it can only shed so much on its own. Exfoliation is key in maintaining healthy skin, helping it shed more quickly than normal.
Here are the main reasons why exfoliators-whether manual, chemical or enzymatic-need to be used.
EXFOLIATION EVENS OUT SKIN TEXTURE
The granules in manual exfoliators polish the skin, leaving it with a softer, smoother texture, much like using sandpaper on coarse wood makes it smoother.
EXFOLIATION FIGHTS THE SIGNS OF AGING
With age, the skin’s ability to naturally exfoliate shows down. When the skin is laden with dead cells, lines, wrinkles and dryness become more apparent. Removing dead skin reveals fresher, brighter, younger-looking skin.
EXFOLIATION PREVENTS BREAKOUTS
When the pores gets clogged with dead skin and oil gets stuck beneath the surface, pimples-whiteheads and blackheads-can occur. Exfoliating helps keep pores clear.
EXFOLIATION MINIMIZES DARK SPOTS
Long after a blemish has healed, a red, brown or purple mark may remain. But each time you exfoliate, you’re removing the top layer of skin to diminish the appearance of exfoliation.
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