Exfoliating Benefits, Do’s and Don’ts.
Are you as confused about exfoliating your skin as most people are? The truth is, there is so much information out there on the subject, with everyone claiming to know what is best for your skin. Some of the information is also either too technical or too biased.
You may have read some conflicting ideas on this skincare procedure and wondered which one is right for you. You don't need to worry. We filtered out the noise to give you only what you need to know because we understand how confusing it can be to make an informed decision with everyone claiming to be honest.
So, what's skin exfoliation?
Skin exfoliation is the removal of dead cells from your skin to reveal the newer fresher skin. It has lots of benefits. We'll talk about those in a few.
But right now, we settle this argument once and for all time; Is exfoliation necessary? Should you exfoliate?
Some argue that the skin should be let alone to shed dead cells naturally without any interference. But that's bad advice. Why? Because as you grow older, there’s still dead cells to be removed from the skin, but the shedding process gets slower and slower.
Have you ever wondered why babies and children have such smooth skin? It's because when you are still young, the shedding process is much faster and the skin always looks fresh and flawless. As you grow older though, if you want your skin to look as flawless, you may have to aid it a little, so to speak.
In fact, in many cultures, people have been exfoliating their skin since time immemorial. So exfoliating is not really a new thing. But the best way to do it probably is.
What are the benefits?
So, what are the benefits of removing the dead skin as soon as possible?
Exfoliating unclogs pores.
The best and most important benefit of exfoliation is unclogging your pores. Who wants to have pores that are blocked that end up giving you blackheads and whiteheads? If you've gone through that experience, that's something you sure don't want to go through again. That's the reason you should not pass on exfoliating. Give your skin space to breathe.
Get rid of acne
This may even be argued to be the best benefit of exfoliating your skin, especially your face. Think about it, if the dirt in your pores cannot leave the body because your pores are blocked, aren't you just leaving the bacteria that cause acne on your skin for too long?
This just means that you need to make sure your skin is as clean as possible.
Acne is bad news! And anything that can reduce your chances of getting it is welcome. Isn't that a good reason to exfoliate?
Each time you exfoliate, you get rid of the dead rough skin. You reveal the new skin leaving your skin feeling fresher and healthier. Just so you know, it's not too hard to get smooth skin, exfoliating regularly can help you.
These, among other benefits of this simple skincare routine, are worth giving it a try. Don't you think?
But the biggest elephant in the room has always been how to exfoliate and what to use.
How to do it.
There are too many ideas on which skincare products to use when it comes to exfoliating your skin. There are chemical products that you apply to your skin and wait for the job to be done. There are also some that are physical that you use like scrubs and sponges.
The manufacturers of both chemical and physical exfoliators swear by their products. They promise that these are tested by dermatologists and are good for your skin. Some even guarantee that you will see results within a short period of time.
Well, you are no expert. You can't argue with the experts in their field. Are you back to ground zero? Again?
What if there was something else that didn't require you to argue? Something that just made sense and has results. No fear of chemicals, no harm to your skin and no harm to the environment either? And no, it's not expensive either.
You know what? There is!
Have you heard of the konjac sponges? Probably.
But what is it, really?
The konjac sponges are made from the root of the konjac plant. This plant grows mostly in Asian countries and has been used for ages to scrub the skin.
The best thing about the konjac sponge is that it is 100% natural. No additives are necessary and you can even use it without soap or a cleanser to massage and exfoliate your skin.
So, if you have been thinking about how to exfoliate your skin and wondering where to start, we just told you the secret. An easy, cheap, healthy way to start.
But how do you go about it?
Should you exfoliate every day, twice a day, every week, twice a week?
Most of the konjac sponges you'll buy will have directions on how to use. But we just want to make sure you are well informed.
To start, you need to know that when exfoliating you do not need to scrub your skin naked. If you bruise your skin you are doing yourself more harm than good. Removing dead skin doesn't require much force. Soft, tender movements are tough enough for the dead skin. So, no scouring your skin, please.
But how often? It's possible to exfoliate every day if you take care to be gentle and if you use the konjac sponges. However, you can exfoliate at least four times a week and still get the desired results.
How long should you use your konjac sponge before replacing it?
Replacing usually means spending. So how soon? Do two months sound like a short time? It's good to know that you can keep your konjac sponge for up to 3 months before thinking about replacing it.
One final tip you would like to know is that you should observe good hygiene when handling your konjac sponge. Do not store the sponge in a stuffy place. Make sure to squeeze extra water from the sponge and hang in a well-ventilated place.
It would also help if you used a different sponge for your face and for the rest of your body to avoid transferring bacteria.
With all this information, you are now armed with all you need to make the best choices. Enjoy Exfoliating!
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