Something about exfoliating just feels refreshing and freeing to the skin. It’s almost like restoring your skin to its natural, fresh state - especially if you’ve been wearing a lot of makeup, your skin feels congested, or your skin feels a little stressed. Aside from feeling great, exfoliating has a ton of benefits, such as increasing the skin’s radiance, clarity and youthfulness. Additional benefits include:
When you’re exfoliating, you’re effectively unclogging your pores, sweeping away dead and dry skin along with all the other surface debris that might remain on your skin after cleansing. That leftover debris gets stuck in your pores and cause those testy blackheads to appear. Dead skin seals the pores, so when sebaceous glands produce oil, it's 'stuck' under the dry skin. This causes breakouts because there is nowhere for the oil to go.
Just like how unclogging your pores prevents whiteheads and blackheads, it also prevents other blemishes—namely acne. "Exfoliating helps to unclog pores, therefore reducing acne. However, only exfoliate in a safe and nonirritating way - you can easily over-exfoliate and irritate your skin, making it extremely sensitive. In other words, don't scrub your skin raw in the name of acne reduction. That will harm your skin and lead to a whole host of other problems.
Since pores are unclogged and the surface of the skin is smoothed, rid of any dead or dry skin, your skincare products can penetrate more deeply. Exfoliating effectively helps serums and moisturizers nourishing ingredients penetrate deeper into the skin, allowing it to work more effectively. Why spend money on great skincare products if you don’t allow them to work their magic?
Remember, dead skin basically becomes a barrier between your skin and serums. By removing it you allow everything to work much better.
By consistently exfoliating and removing dead skin cells, people with dark spots, rough texture, hyperpigmentation and acne scars can see serious relief. Over time, the skin will look more uniform by consistently getting rid of those old, dead skin cells.
Exfoliation has many benefits, including stimulation of lymphatic drainage for internal cleansing and stimulation of oxygen-rich blood to feed and nourish the skin's surface. The former is a form of skin detoxification, working to remove toxins and other unhealthy debris. The latter boosts cellular health to reveal glowing, radiant skin (that's why oxygen facials are so pervasive in spas and esthetician and dermatology offices around the globe).
Aside from increased circulation, exfoliation also boosts the skin's radiance in another way. It helps cell turnover so the skin looks more glowing. This means that the skin keeps fresh, healthy cells at the surface, removing dead, dry, or dying ones. In terms of appearance, this results in that ultra-dewy and baby-faced complexion we all strive for.
Finally, regular exfoliation helps to stimulate collagen synthesis to improve the skin's texture, integrity, and keep the skin looking plump, tight, and young. In this way, exfoliating actually offers anti-aging benefits, which might be why so many people swear that it helps lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. People with rosacea should exfoliate once a week. Normal skin can handle three to seven times a week with a gentle exfoliant, but cut that number back if you're using something more intense.