If you have any interest in skin care, you’ve probably heard the word exfoliation being tossed around. But what is exfoliation and why should you be doing it?
Exfoliation is an extremely important part of a proper skin care routine for all skin types. Regular exfoliation helps to remove dead skin cells from the surface of the skin, smooth the skin, and really brighten the complexion – hello glowing goddess!
What is Exfoliation?
Exfoliation is a skin care step that involves the removal of the dead skin cells that are on the surface of the skin. These dead skin cells, if left behind, can cause the skin to look really dull. Exfoliation instantly brightens and refreshes the skin.
The average life cycle of a skin cell is only 28 days! Yep, your skin is constantly working hard to reproduce new cells from the bottom. Once they are produced, the older skin cells start making their way up, and get pushed to the skin’s surface. As they move up towards the skin surface, our skin cells die. Once these dead skin cells reach the surface of the skin, their proper role is to shed from the surface of the skin. However, this does not always happen in the way that it’s supposed to.
Dead skin cell build up on the surface of the skin can cause the skin to look very devitalized. The skin can also become rough and bumpy as dead skin cells start to clog the pores. Exfoliating these dead skin cells from the surface of the skin can help to brighten the skin, reduce acne breakouts, revitalize the skin, improve the skins texture, and give the skin a much healthier colour and glow.
Types of Exfoliation
There are two main types of exfoliation, mechanical and chemical.
Mechanical exfoliation is an abrasive method of exfoliation. It involves the use of a scrub, such as almond meal, jojoba beads, or sea salt. The action of using this type of exfoliant loosens and lifts the dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. Too much abrasive exfoliation can cause skin irritation and may damage the skin. I only recommend exfoliating once a week. For someone with extremely congested pores or very dull complexion, twice a week should be ok, but should not be performed more than once every 3-4 days.
While it’s so important to use a natural exfoliant, all mechanical exfoliants are not created equally. You have to be cautious to avoid ones with ingredients such as apricot, which contains the apricot pit ground up into tiny pieces. These sharp pieces of apricot pit can actually cause microscopic tears on the surface of your skin, leading to damaged skin.
Chemical exfoliation is exactly what is sounds like; it involves the use of chemicals to exfoliate the skin. These chemicals can include Hydroxy Acids, such Lactic Acid, Alpha Hydroxy Acids, Salicylic Acid and Glycolic Acid. It is believed that hydroxy acids help the skin cell turnover in the top layer of the skin to normalize it and encourage it to function better. These acids help stimulate the formation of healthy skin cells, which slough off from the surface of the skin when they are meant to.
In low levels, certain chemical exfoliants can be great for all skin types, including sensitive skin, however, at strong levels, these chemicals can burn the skin and really damage it (I’m sure we’ve all read the popular glycolic peel horror stories online – yikes).
What Should You Use?
Ok, so now that I’ve explained why you should exfoliate, you are probably wondering, “Which one should I use?”.
As an aesthetician who has performed countless facials throughout my career, and seeing the results that a good exfoliant can create first hand, it was vital that I create a really good quality exfoliant for the R Devine Skin Care line. I wanted a cross between mechanical and chemical, but I wasn’t sure if that was even possible in a completely natural exfoliant. So, I opened up my herbology books and researched away until I came up with something!
Well, guess what?
I created Sacred Botanicals Hibiscus Facial Exfoliant. This magical exfoliant combines both mechanical and chemical exfoliation into one, 100% completely natural facial exfoliant.
Almond meal and organic oatmeal are combined together to create the perfect, all-natural mechanical exfoliant. These two ingredients are safe for sensitive skin. Oatmeal helps to nourish, soften and calm the skin, while almond meal works hard to loosen and remove the dead skin cells from the surface of the skin.
Organic Hibiscus works as the chemical exfoliation. What? I know you’re wondering how this is possible, right? Well, Hibiscus contains naturally occurring Alpha Hydroxy Acids. By exfoliating your skin with Sacred Botanicals, these naturally occurring Alpha Hydroxy Acids will help to normalize the production, life cycle and sloughing of your skin cells. By using this product on a weekly basis, your skin cells will become healthier, your complexion will brighten and glow, and your face will be ultra smooth.
Sacred Botanicals also contains Organic Lavender, known for it’s enchanting scent, and it’s ability to regenerate skin cells, also helping to encourage healthier life cycles of your skin cells.
Needless to say, Sacred Botanicals is a unique facial exfoliant that I am extremely proud of. And if it’s super power skin capabilities isn’t enough for you, it’s captivating scent will lure you in the moment you open the bottle.
I hope you enjoy your new and improved self care ritual!