When you’re first learning about skincare, you’ll probably hear the word “exfoliation” being thrown around a lot! But, you might be wondering, what exactly is exfoliation? How does it help your skin? And, does it cause wrinkles down the line? Let’s dive deep into exfoliation, so that you can understand what exactly it is, and how you can benefit from it!
What is exfoliation?
Exfoliation is a skincare practice that you can use in your skincare routine, with the purpose of removing dry or dead skin. When you exfoliate, you’re making room for your skin to absorb all the good stuff, from moisturizer to essential vitamins you might be adding to your skincare routine.
Exfoliation can be done using gritty face washes and scrubs (like our Papaya Enzyme Powder Face Cleanser and Sugar Lip Scrub), but can also be done by implementing dry brushing in your skincare routine.
What are the benefits of exfoliation?
There are two main benefits of exfoliating your skin. The first is that you’ll be getting rid of dry and dead skin, which will help your skin look and feel its best faster. Another incredible benefit of exfoliating regularly, is that by removing dead skin, you’re creating room for your skin to absorb essential moisture, vitamins, and anything else it needs to feel its best.
Can exfoliation cause wrinkles?
As a general rule, exfoliating is great for your skin at any stage in your life, but with anything, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. That’s why you should make sure you’re not exfoliating every single day. It’s a great practice to use in your regular routine, but too much exfoliation or scrubbing too hard with an exfoliator can, in fact, cause inflammation that might cause wrinkles down the line. If you don’t over-exfoliate, you shouldn’t have any issues with wrinkles down the line.
How to exfoliate skin
There are plenty of amazing ways to exfoliate your skin without having to worry about wrinkles. For regularly exfoliating your face, we love our Papaya Enzyme Powder Face Cleanser. If it’s your lips that need some love, use our Sugar Lip Scrub. If your body skin is feeling a bit dry, use our Sugar Body Scrub. With any of these products, make sure that you’re using it gently, and only when you genuinely need it. It’s also important to follow up with a moisturizer, so that your skin can replenish itself after exfoliating. Our favorite body moisturizer is our Kukui Body Lotion. For the face, use our Island Aloe Gel, and for lips, follow up with a Lip Treatment after exfoliating.
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How to use an exfoliating cleanser to reduce signs of aging
While over-exfoliation can cause inflammation and wrinkles, when you exfoliate correctly, you can actually use exfoliation to prevent wrinkles and other signs of aging. Skin has a harder time naturally exfoliating as you get older. When you exfoliate regularly, you’ll find that it helps with softening fine lines, and reduces hyper-pigmentation. We recommend considering one of our Powder Face Cleansers for aging skin.
Want to follow up your exfoliation routine with the best moisturizer in the Islands? Check out our favorite Island Aloe Gel!
About the author:
Halle Homel is currently based in Southern California, where she spends her time with her family and dog, Lassen when she’s not traveling. She spends her free time exploring new places, practicing yoga, and working on her blog, Halle’s Wandering Soul. Follow her on Instagram @sunbirdsoul