You may already have a great skin care routine all worked out, effectively cleansing, moisturizing and frequently applying sunscreen to your body each and every day, but, unless you are also regularly exfoliating, you are missing out on a key aspect of skin care. OROGOLD takes a look at why exfoliation is key when it comes to healthy skin.

What is Exfoliation?
Exfoliation is the removal of the dead skin cells that build up on the surface of the skin. It can either be done manually, by using abrasive scrubs on the skin, or chemically, by using certain products that contain special acids that eat away at the dead skin cells, removing them without the need for scrubbing.

Removes Dead Skin Cells
The process of cell regeneration in our bodies slows down as we age, meaning that it takes longer for our body to shed old skin cells and replace them with new ones. When these dead skin cells begin to build up, not only can it leave skin looking rough and dry, but it will also result in clogged pores, leading to acne and blemishes. Exfoliation clears away these dead skin cells, uncovering the fresh new cells below. However, OROGOLD reminds you that it doesn’t take much to remove this layer of dead skin cell, so be gentle and use a light touch.

Woman getting a cleansing treatment in a spa.

Stimulate Outer Dermal Layer
The outer dermal layer is the body’s first defence against the elements, so it is important to keep this as healthy as possible. Regular exfoliation stimulates the dermal layer and encourages it to regenerate much more quickly. This leads to a smoother, more even, complexion.

Skin Care Products Become More Effective
Since exfoliation removes the barrier that the dead skin cells have formed on the surface of your skin, your skin will now be able to better absorb any skin care products. This will make work much more quickly and be significantly more effective.

How Often to Exfoliate
OROGOLD recommends that you exfoliate your face once a week, and definitely not more than twice. Over-exfoliation will strip your skin of its natural oils, which it needs to stay hydrated, and will leave you with dry and damaged skin. The exfoliation method that you choose depends on the sensitivity, and health, of your skin. Manual exfoliating scrubs are usually more popular than chemical exfoliants, and it is usually wise to opt for products that contain fruit-derived enzymes.

It is always important to drink plenty of water if you are regularly exfoliating, as you are increasing your blood circulation and breaking down toxins. Drinking plenty of fluids helps to flush those toxins out, and give your new skin cells some hydration from the inside. However, make sure that you are also using a hydrating moisturizer, so that you are providing hydration from the outside as well. You will soon find that your new, regularly exfoliated skin drinks in moisturizer much quicker than before, leaving your complexion glowing, smooth and healthy.

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