Let's try to understand what happens when we exfoliate the skin and where this action is exerted.

Exfoliation it is important at any age, but after thirty it becomes essential to maintain soft skin. This is due to the slowdown in the natural cell renewal process, which leads to a generally duller skin.

Through the exfoliating action, the scrub or peeling allows you toeliminate dead cells and impurities that accumulate on the surface layer of the skin, while at the same time promoting the cellular regeneration.

The most superficial part of the skin (epidermis) is divided into 5 layers:

  • horny
  • shiny
  • grainy
  • thorny
  • basic

The exfoliating action is exerted on this last layer, accelerating skin renewal

The epidermis renews itselfcompletely through a process that continuously leads new cells generated in the deepest layer to migrate and transform by crossing the overlying layers until they are dispersed by desquamation.

It is precisely because of the dead cells that our skin, if we do not exfoliate, has that dull, dull, uneven color and that dry and not very elastic appearance.

This turnover occurs with a cycle of 24-28 days and as we age this cell renewal process tends to slow down.

It is precisely for this reason that it is essential to exfoliate the skin, as it facilitates the removal of accumulated dead cells and encourages cell turnover.

Benefits of skin exfoliation

Here, then, are the cosmetics formulated with exfoliating products they can rejuvenate the aesthetic appearance by carrying out the following actions:

  • They promote cellular turnover: physiological epidermal renewal tends to slow down as age advances. The application of exfoliating substances on the skin promotes and stimulates the production of new cells. By doing so, the "renewed" skin surface can regain brightness and softness, while improving its natural complexion.
  • They remove dead cellsand gives the skin a silky appearance.
  • They restore the natural color of the skinand even out the complexion.
  • They prevent the appearance of pimples
  • Fewer ingrown hairs due to hair removal because the top layer of skin is frequently removed.
  • More uniform tan and fewer spots.
  • They open the pores of the skin and allow it to better absorb moisturizing care.
  • They prevent premature aging of the epidermis.
  •  They stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, enhancing the activity of fibroblasts.
  •  They facilitate the absorption of other active ingredients on the skin moisturizers, nutrients and emollients applied immediately after the treatment

Exfoliation is comparable to physical exercise , which is why it is best to follow a tailor-made program.

The right intensity of exfoliation varies based on the type of skin, the time of year we are going through, the external environment and the lifestyle of each of us.

Therefore, based on climate changes or the mutations that the skin undergoes with age, you can switch to a more delicate formula or vary the intensity or frequency > of exfoliation.

Be careful not to over-exfoliate your skin

As with everything else in life, the key word is moderation. Overdoing it and exfoliating too much can damage your skin's natural barrier, causing irritation, inflammation and rashes. It can also make you more vulnerable to sun damage and loss of hydration.

Sostart cautiouslyand gradually and you can exfoliate up to twice a week. The important thing is to observe how your skin reacts and adjust accordingly.

Finally, remember that freshly exfoliated skin is more delicate and needs to be protected with a good moisturizer and sunscreen.

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