Exfoliating is an important step in skincare because it is key to having a glowing visage. We spend hours on end searching for the best facial scrubs to remove our blackheads, or even asking aestheticians at women wellness parlours in Singapore for an effective chemical peel, or non-extraction facials like Strengthening Porefection Facial from Cheryl W. But what most of us forget is the skin below our neck - the accumulation of dirt and dead skin cells on the surface of our skin.
Not just your face, but regularly exfoliating your body provides your skin with a detox cleanse, boost circulation, unclog pores, as well as buff away your dead skin cells. All of these leave your skin feeling smoother, and looking brighter. Here, we provide you with an introduction to physical exfoliation.
What is exfoliation?
Exfoliation is the process of sloughing dead skin cells from the surface of the skin, and there are two kinds - manual and chemical. Manual exfoliation involves the physical scrubbing of your skin’s surface with a loofah, body scrub, or dry brush. Whereas, chemical exfoliation uses ingredients like salicylic acid, alpha hydroxy acids (AHA), and enzymes, to break down surface buildup. Products formulated with these exfoliating ingredients are usually liquid exfoliators, face creams, and even cleansers.
How often should you exfoliate?
While exfoliation is essential for a detox cleanse, how often you engage in it depends on your skin type. Some people’s skin can only handle exfoliating weekly, others are able to do so up to a few times each week. What’s most important is to pay attention to your skin’s response after exfoliation in order to determine what’s best for it.
Excessively exfoliating your skin can expose the raw tissues to bacteria and infection. Thus, instead of glowy skin, you may end up having scars.
Benefits of physical exfoliants.
If you are looking for a faster way to de-flake dry skin, then you might gravitate towards physical exfoliators like body scrubs and loofahs. Combined with friction, the granules in body scrubs slough away dead skin cells to reveal a brighter and smoother complexion.
Aside from having a brighter complexion, exfoliating using a loofah or scrub also promotes blood circulation through the body. Aided by its bead-like or granule particles, the massaging action that you do when exfoliating stimulates circulation. This in turn makes your complexion look more radiant and healthy. Furthermore, with most of us staying home these days, we all could use a little extra, do-it-yourself help to achieve a bright complexion.
To some of us, exfoliating our skin is also therapeutic as the process of physically buffing your dead skin away can feel satisfying. It triggers positive feelings and happiness when you see the instant result of a brightened skin.
Whether you are feeling sluggish in spirit or need something to reawaken your skin, then a body scrub is the answer. Physical benefits of body scrubs aside, the botanicals and oils in these scrubs help to nourish and hydrate the skin, prepping it to absorb body lotions and moisturisers that follow after.
Cheryl W’s Ignite: Matcha Latte Scrub is carefully formulated with natural ingredients to provide your skin the detox cleanse that it needs. Matcha is known to improve inflamed skin, protect it from free radicals, as well as rejuvenate it. In addition, coffee is a rich source of niacin (Vitamin B3) to combat uneven pigmentation. It is also known to reduce cellulite by dilating the blood vessels beneath the skin and improving overall blood flow, making them ideal for body scrubs.
There is no better way to spend quality time with yourself than to create an amazing spa experience from the comforts of your bathroom. A tip that we have for you is to always set your goals before exfoliation - to purify your mind and body, or to simply unlock your inner radiance through a detox cleanse for your skin.
There is more to exfoliation than just using a loofah to scrub yourself down. Unlock radiance and health with a good detox cleanse for your skin. Shop Cheryl W’s Ignite: Matcha Latte Body Scrub to deeply cleanse your pores and remove dead skin cells.