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Out With The Old, In With The New: Why Exfoliation Can Be The Critical Step You May Be Missing

by Simranjeet Sahni 18 Aug 2023

Exfoliation is a crucial step in any skincare routine, helping to remove dead skin cells, unclog pores, and promote a smoother, more youthful complexion. But with abundant techniques and products, it can be challenging to comprehend the process thoroughly. What are the best products and tools for your skin type and concerns? And how often should you do it?

In this blog, we answer these questions and more, providing tips and tricks on achieving healthy and glowing skin with exfoliation. We explore the physical to chemical exfoliation procedure, as well as another lesser-known process, helping you identify the best routine and product for your skin.

What Exfoliating Does

Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells from the skin’s surface. This process has become a widely popular skincare routine helping to promote a healthier, more radiant complexion. But how exactly does exfoliation work?

Naturally, our skin sheds dead skin cells, but sometimes this process can become slow, resulting in a dull, rough skin buildup. Exfoliation speeds this shedding process by manually, chemically, or enzymatically sloughing off the dead skin to reveal a fresher, smoother layer underneath.

By removing dead skin, exfoliation improves the overall skin appearance in several ways. First, it eliminates a dull and lackluster complexion, creating a clear path for fresh, healthy skin to shine through. Exfoliation also unclogs pores by removing excess oil and dead cells and preventing anything blocking the skin from breathing freely.

Regardless of the type, exfoliation also smoothens and refines the skin’s texture, leaving it smooth and soft. Other benefits of exfoliation include addressing hyperpigmentation and dark spots, boosting collagen production, and enhancing the skin’s ability to absorb other skincare products.

These are some of the numerous benefits of the exfoliation process. Embracing this powerful technique is crucial for unlocking healthier, glowing skin.

When to Do It And When To Stay Away

Exfoliation is a powerful skincare routine, but like any other routine, knowing when to use it and when to hold back is essential. This section explores the crucial balance of exfoliation and explores when it’s ideal to integrate it into your skincare routine and when not to. Understanding the timing of exfoliation will help to optimize the full benefits while avoiding possible downsides.

When to Do It

  • Regular Maintenance

Exfoliating regularly is a valuable addition to any skin type and skincare routine. Ideally, you should exfoliate 1-3 times weekly, depending on your skin tolerance and the method you choose to use. By exfoliating regularly, you can support a healthy skin turnover cycle, resulting in fresher, radiant skin.

  • Dull Skin

When you observe your skin appearing lackluster and dull most likely indicates an ideal opportunity to embrace exfoliation. Exfoliation effectively eliminates dead skin cells, reviving the luminosity of your complexion and bringing back that natural, healthy glow.

  • Rough Texture and Uneven Skin Tone

Incorporating exfoliation has proven beneficial for people with rough-textured skin and uneven skin tone. The exfoliation process smoothens the skin’s surface by refining its texture and creating a smoother appearance – furthermore, exfoliation aids in promoting a balanced and even complexion.

  • Acne-Prone Skin

Exfoliation holds potential benefits for people with acne-prone skin. However, with most acne-prone skin being sensitive to skincare products, it’s vital to exercise caution by selecting gentle techniques and refraining from excessive exfoliation that may trigger irritation and breakouts.

When to Stay Away

  • Sensitive and Inflamed Skin

If your skin shows sensitivity or exhibits signs of inflammation, it’s best to be cautious when considering exfoliation or opt for more gentle approaches; more on that later. Exfoliating sensitive skin without care could exacerbate skin sensitivity, resulting in unwanted outcomes, from redness to stinging sensations or discomfort.

  • Open Wounds or Active Breakouts

If you have open wounds or active breakouts, it might be best not to exfoliate. Exfoliating over open wounds and breakouts could prolong the healing process and introduce bacteria into the skin. As such, allowing the skin to heal adequately is essential before considering any exfoliation process.

  • Sunburned or Windburned Skin

A sun or windburned skin undergoes a compromised state and usually becomes extremely sensitive. Exfoliating under such circumstances can worsen the damage and restrict natural healing. As with other active skin injuries or conditions, giving the skin sufficient time to recover before introducing any skincare routine is best.

  • Recent Skin Treatment

Suppose you have recently undergone any skin treatment, including chemical peels, laser resurfacing, or microdermabrasion. In this case, it is crucial to consult a dermatologist and adhere to their recommendations regarding exfoliation. A dermatologist would be best placed to offer professional advice on the appropriate time to reintroduce exfoliation into your skincare routine.

Different Types of Exfoliation

There are two prevalent types of exfoliation methods – mechanical and chemical. However, we are being introduced to a lesser-known but highly effective third option; the enzymatic process. They all work towards the same goal; clearing dead skin cells, helping to speed cell turnover, and exposing brighter and smoother skin. But each option goes about these processes in different ways.

To choose the best exfoliation type for your skin type, it’s crucial to understand how each method works.

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Mechanical

This method refers to the process of physically removing dead skin cells and blockages from the skin’s surface with abrasive materials or tools. Mechanical exfoliation requires you to apply gentle friction or scrub the skin to remove the outermost layer of the epidermis.

This process can be done with scrubs, brushes, or devices with textured surfaces. The abrasive particles in scrubs or the bristles of brushes help to mechanically remove dead skin cells, excess oil, dirt, and other impurities, revealing fresh, smooth skin underneath.

Mechanical exfoliation is ideal for skin that is not overly sensitive or prone to irritation, like normal, oily, or combination skin. This is because these skins tend to have a thicker epidermis capable of withstanding the mild abrasiveness of mechanical exfoliation. And while it also benefits various other skin types, it would be best for people with sensitive, dry, or acne-prone skin to be cautious when considering mechanical exfoliation.

Chemical

As the name suggests, chemical exfoliation involves using specific chemical formulations to weaken the bonds between dead skin cells. This process results in their shredding and removal without physically scrubbing the outer layer. Chemical exfoliation also helps to smoothen the skin and expose a bright, even tone.

If you wish to exfoliate chemically, you can opt for one of two primary chemical exfoliants; alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs). AHAs are water-soluble and work on the skin’s surface to remove dead cells and improve its texture and complexion. On the other hand, BHAs are oil-soluble, capable of penetrating deep into the skin pores. This capability makes them ideal for treating acne, unclogging pores, and reducing inflammation.

Chemical exfoliation is ideal for various skin types depending on the type of chemical exfoliant. Individuals with sensitive skin should use mild AHAs with a lower concentration. Higher concentrated AHAs can help remove dead skin cells buildup from dry skin, improving skin texture and promoting smoother, more hydrated skin. BHAs are ideal for people with oily and acne-prone skin. This oil-soluble option effectively unclogs pores, reduces excess oil production, and addresses acne breakouts.

Enzymatic

Enzymatic exfoliation is a form of chemical exfoliation that uses enzymes derived from fruits instead of acids used in AHAs and BHAs. These enzymes are natural proteins capable of targeting and dissolving the proteins that hold dead skin cells together. As a result, you can achieve ideal exfoliation results without abrasive scrubbing.

Enzymatic exfoliation works best for people with sensitive skin and those prone to irritation and redness, providing a milder alternative to mechanical and chemical exfoliation. Furthermore, enzymes like papain have anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce the symptoms associated with acne breakouts. This also makes enzymatic exfoliation also beneficial to acne-prone skin.

That said, the mild nature of this exfoliation means they may require a longer time to show noticeable results compared to other tougher methods. Hence, it’s best to use them consistently for ideal results.

Explore The Best Exfoliation Products From Bee Naturals

At Bee Naturals, we invite you to explore our finest exfoliation products. Our unique products offer a range of exceptional skincare solutions designed to reinvent your skin. Whether you prefer the tougher mechanical exfoliation approach or the automatic process of chemical and enzymatic formulations, Bee Naturals delivers products to cater to your unique skincare needs.

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Mechanical Facial Polish

You can opt for the Bee Naturals’ Queen Bee Soft Facial Polish if you prefer a mechanical exfoliation process. This product removes dulling surface cells to reveal a fresher, brighter complexion. Entirely formulated from natural ingredients, including a soft mixture of oatmeal flour, lavender, and gentle exfoliating clay, this facial polish can be mixed safely with a skin cleanser or moisturizer.

We also recommend pairing this product with MySkinBuddy. This cutting-edge device combines ultrasonic vibrations, LED light, and thermal heat to enhance skin care absorption. With six settings, it offers targeted treatments or mini facials for achieving optimal moisture, hydration, and nourishment. Pairing MySkinBuddy with our delicate Queen Bee Soft Facial Polish, you can be sure of smooth, even skin.

Clarifying Facial Wash

At Bee Naturals, we provide an effective chemical exfoliant through our Clarifying Facial Wash With AHA & BHA. This clarifying face wash is a gentle yet effective clarifying and exfoliating facial wash, ideal for various skins. The product provides an excellent deep clean, providing fresh and bright skin.

Our clarifying facial wash features 10% water-based glycolic acid, and 2% oil-based salicylic acid, making it both an AHA and BHA exfoliant. It also features lactic acid, which attracts moisture to the skin and helps to make the skin plump and bright.

Enzyme Exfoliating Creme

Suppose you wish to opt for enzymatic exfoliation; in this case, we offer our Enzyme Exfoliating Creme. Bee Naturals formulates this product with moisture-retaining triglycerides and bacillus ferment, a proteolytic enzymatic ingredient that eliminates dead skin cells to smooth the skin’s surface.

These ingredients make the Enzyme Exfoliating Creme an effective humectant and moisturizer, keeping the skin hydrated and protecting skin cells’ lipids. It’s also a suitable solvent for various water-insoluble ingredients and possesses effective emollient and lubricant properties.

Exfoliation can be an effective process in obtaining healthier, more radiant skin. And with Bee Naturals’ range of exfoliation products, we guarantee a safe, effective, and natural formulation that helps provide younger-looking skin. We recommend you understand your skin, adjust the exfoliation frequency, and process accordingly. Achieving the perfect balance allows you to harness the incredible advantages of exfoliation.

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