The skin on the face and body is our largest organ. It is made up of cells that are organized in layers. The top layer of the skin is made up of dead skin cells that have worked their way up from lower layers. This is an ongoing process in our skin that happens rapidly when we’re young, but gradually slows over time. As we age the surface dead skin cells tend to remain longer, causing our skin to appear dull, spotted, and wrinkled.
Regular exfoliation can help to change the appearance of our skin.
Top 5 Benefits of Exfoliation
- Remove Dead Skin Cells
A manual exfoliation or scrub is a very popular way to gently use friction to increase the cellular turnover and remove the surface dead skin cells. Popular scrubs can include crushed seeds or kernels, however, those rough exfoliating agents can scratch and mare the skin. It’s recommended to use a sophisticated perfectly spherical scrub such as Ecobeads® which won’t impact the skin and are biodegradable. Another popular form of exfoliation is chemical exfoliation which works at the cellular level to break down the “glue” that holds the dead skin cells together so they just slough off. Popular chemical exfoliants are glycolic acid and papaya extract.
- Bring New Skin Cells To The Surface
As the dead skin cells on the surface are removed via manual or chemical exfoliation, fresh, new cells take their place on the skin’s surface. These new cells are vibrant and full of vitality, which leads to skin that looks brighter, firmer and appears to have fewer fine lines and wrinkles.
- Minimize Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Dead skin cells have jagged edges and have uneven surfaces. They create a very rugged landscape on the skin that can amplify the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. After exfoliation the skin’s surface is far less rugged which tends to minimize the appearance of fine lines.
- Increased Luminosity
Luminosity is the measure of light reflection. When your skin is covered in dead skin cells those cells tend to absorb light, leaving your skin with a dull appearance. After exfoliation with optimally functioning skin cells on the surface, light is easily reflected, giving your skin a healthy luminescent glow.
- Reduction in Dark Spots
Dark spots on the skin are actually discolored skin cells that start below the skin’s surface and over time make their way to the surface through the cell turnover process. That process can be accelerated with manual or chemical exfoliation. So the time that a dark spot is on the surface of the skin can be reduced with regular exfoliation. There are also skin lightening agents that can be applied to the skin to help reduce the appearance of dark spots. Chromabright is our patented formulation that works on the cellular level to exhibit a considerable lightening in vivo effect on the skin.
As you can see a key factor in reducing the signs of pre-mature skin aging is effective exfoliation. A combination of manual exfoliation with a safe product such as Liquid Luffa which contains Ecobeads® and a chemical exfoliation using a mild acid, enzymes or a combination of the two will result in skin that has a smoother surface, is brighter and more even toned. If you’d like more information on products that can help your skin, read more on our 2 Step Lightening System here.