This post as you may have guessed, is about exfoliation.
I have been a Beauty Therapist, working full-time in the industry for almost a year now and the one thing I have really discovered while carrying out facials every day is how important exfoliation is.
The other products arent exactly important, and it is really down to personal preference what you want to use on your face.
Cleanse, tone, exfoliate, mask and moisturise are the most important steps, and there are other things like massage and using concentrated serums and oils which are essentially personal preference.
*Cleansing is THE most imporant step. The key is to STEP AWAY FROM THE FACE WIPES!
It doesnt matter if your cleanser costs €50, €15 or €5 (the one im using at the moment is the latter, bu Olay), the important thing is that youre using a cleanser. Cleanser helps to really clean the skin and get rid of all makeup. Trick is to get one that suits all skin types, not to creamy, not too watery. The one im using is by Olay and its really nice. Its for normal/ dry skin and it feels really comfortable on the skin, during and after washing.
*Toning, is a step to really 'squeaky-clean' the skin. It helps to remove any trace of product/ remaining makeup left on the skin and in some cases, is used to tighten and close the pores.
*Masks are like concentrated moisturisers and help to deliver ingredients into the skin in a short period of time such as 10-15 minutes.
*And moisturisers help to attract and conserve the skins water holding ability. To do this, moisturisers usually contain humectants- which are like water magnets.
Onto the exfoliation, and 10 reasons why I think it is one of the most important steps in everyones skincare routine:
Exfoliators are used to remove dead skin cells from the surface of the skin using either a mechanical or non-mechanical form of exfoliation.
Mechanical means it physically removes the dead skin cells using grains or beads present in the exfoliator. This exfoliator will have texture.
Non-Mechanical means it chemically removes the dead skin cells using a chemical or fruit acid to 'eat away' at the dead skin cells on the skins surface. This exfoliator will be smooth.
10 Benefits of exfoliation:
1. Removes dead skin cells.
2. Smooths skins texture.
3. Makes moisturiser more effective on the skin.
4. Brightens dull skin.
5. Evens skin colour by speeding up the skins natural renewal process (cell turnover)
6. Makeup applies more evenly.
7. Stimulates bloodflow to the skin.
8. Gets rid of flaky dry skin, bringing fresh skin to the surface.
9. Keeps pores from clogging, therefore stopping buildup spots and breakouts.
10.Helps to reduce fine lines as it works as a skin re-surfacer.
If number 10 doesnt convince you to incorporate exfoliation into your skin car routine, then i dont know what will :)
Best of luck and happy exfoliator shopping!
Hope you enjoyed this post, and if you are interested in any more posts like this, then let me know.