Your skin takes a beating every day. The largest organ, it is the body’s first line of defense against the natural effects of sun, wind and seasonal temperatures. Your skin is also exposed to dirt and toxins from pollutants in our air and water. All of this can leave your skin rough, dry and dull. This isn’t a good look on anyone and it can be uncomfortable, itchy and maybe even a little embarrassing. When our skin gets like this, most of us reach for the moisturizer but there might be a better solution. Exfoliate! The benefits of exfoliation are many. It can rejuvenate your skin without using a lot of conventionally produced skin care products.
What is Exfoliation?
Skin with a dull, dry appearance is typically the result of dead skin cells. These expired skin cells are a natural occurrence. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells from the upper layer of the skin. Once removed, the healthy skin beneath will be revealed. Done regularly, exfoliation can have a positive effect on your skin.
Many people who take good care of their skin only exfoliate their face. What about the rest of your body? The benefits of exfoliation can also rejuvenate the skin on many areas of your body including your arms, legs, and feet. It will help keep skin looking fresh and radiant by removing any dead skin cells, dry patches or flakiness.
Is Exfoliation Necessary?
Well, no it’s not necessary. At least not in the sense that without exfoliation, you will suffer any dire health complications. Your skin just won’t be as beautiful as it could be, and who doesn’t want their skin to look it’s best? And not just on your face?
Actually, the skin on the rest of your body can benefit from exfoliation even more than the skin on your face. Obviously, there is more skin than on your face, but your body sheds dead skin cells at a higher rate. Most people shed 8 to 9 pounds of dead skin cells per year. Many of these make up 75 to 80 percent of the dust in your home.
Not all the dead skin cells fall from our bodies. Some of them remain on the surface of the skin. Left there too long, the dead cells clog pores, block moisture from the lower layers of skin and just leave your skin with an overall lifeless and unattractive appearance. Exfoliation also promotes hydration. Skin cells revealed from below the skin’s surface contain essential lipids and moisture.
So while it may not be a necessity, exfoliation is the key to having the smoothest healthiest skin possible.
Benefits of Exfoliation
- Enjoy smoother skin, even elbows, knees, and feet
- Minimize the appearance of pores
- Reduce or eliminate dry, flaky skin
- Smooth razor bumps and bumpy “chicken skin”
- Reduce or prevent ingrown hairs
- Reduce or eliminate breakouts on your neck, chest, or other areas
- Minimize the appearance of dark spots or age spots
- Allows skin to nourish itself from the inside out
Best Way to Exfoliate Your Skin
There are different ways to exfoliate your skin. You can use a dry brush, a loofah, exfoliating glove or an exfoliating scrub. The quickest, easiest and one of the most effective ways to exfoliate is to use a scrub. Keep in mind, you would not use the same scrub on your face that you use on your body. Don’t take the word ‘scrub’ literally. This will result in red, irritated and even flaky skin. Scrubs should be gently massaged into the skin using only a slight pressure.
Which Scrub is Best?
It is always best to test a scrub on a small area before using it on your entire body. This will allow you to see how your skin will react to it. Using a natural or organic body scrub is usually the best choice as these are free of chemicals and dyes that could irritate the skin.
Even with these, be cautious. Some natural or organic body scrubs contain ingredients that can potentially irritate and inflame skin, like ground nuts and salt. These can leave microscopic tears in the skin. Body scrubs made with sugar usually provide the most benefits when exfoliating. Because sugar is a natural humectant, sugar scrubs will not only remove dead skin cells and revitalize your skin, they can help hydrate it as well.
I AM Organic offers four varieties of sugar scrubs for the body, all made with organic white granulated sugar and other natural, organic and wildcrafted ingredients. Our mission is to provide our consumers with premium quality products that are free from chemicals or dyes and are kind to you as well as our environment. We want to provide you with not only a luxurious product but an experience as well. In addition to our sugar scrubs, check out our other products as well.