Did you know that you shed dead skin cells constantly? Did you know that approximately 80% of household dust is dead skin cells? (I know, TMI). But, just because your skin “sheds” dead skin cells, it doesn’t mean they all leave your skin. Some dead skin cells may hang on and remain on the surface of your skin. That’s why it is important to exfoliate on a consistent basis.
By exfoliating your skin, you clear away all the dead skin cells. Have you ever had a plant that you forgot to water for a long time? When you finally go to water it, the water just sits on top of the soil. That’s because the soil is dry and flaky. Now, if you move the soil around, getting rid of the dry and flaky soil from the top, the water sinks right in. That same concept can be applied to your skin. Removing the dry, flaky skin will help your moisturizer sink in better. Even if you have normal or oily skin, you still need to remove the dead skins cells. Exfoliating will also help ensure the pores are clean and open – which is especially important for oily skin to help prevent blackheads and breakouts. Smooth skin will also mean a smooth makeup application. If you wear a liquid foundation or even just a powder, you want to make sure it does not “grab” to dry spots on your face. This can make your makeup application look splotchy and uneven.
If you don’t believe what a difference exfoliating can make, try the tape test! See the steps below and my photo demo. Notice the difference between Step 3 and Step 5.
Step 1: Find some clear tape
Step 2: Place a piece of clear tape the top of your hand
Step 3: Pull tape off and take a look at it. Yep – dead skin cells
Step 4: Use an exfoliator on your hand
Step 5: Take the tape test again on the exfoliated area of your hand. Results – much better!
Don’t forget about the rest of your body. The dead skin cell issue applies to all your skin. Areas such as your elbows, knees, and feet tend to get extra dry. Applying moisturizer to those areas won’t help if it can’t sink in. Also, if you use a self-tanner product, exfoliating is a must. Self-tanner will cling to dry areas giving you a very uneven tan.
Now the hard part – finding a good exfoliator. There are lots to choose from and you may try several until you find your favorite one. Check out my product review post from last week about a couple of exfoliators I’ve tried. If you find one you love, comment on this post and let me know.
Until next time, stay beautiful! ~ Devon