Exfoliation plays an essential part in achieving healthy and glowing skin... particularly as we transition from season to season!
The neck and décolletage are no exception and with it's thinner skin and fewer oil glands, we often imagine that this area doesn't need the same amount of exfoliation as our face.
You may be surprised to learn that the recommended exfoliation frequency for both the face and décolletage is 2-3 times per week, using a gentle AHA or BHA product, never a harsh or gritty textured one. While exfoliation is definitely essential as part of a healthy skin care routine, over-exfoliation can do more harm than good.
When you use a product formulated with gentle ingredients, it sloughs away dead skin while maintaining your skin’s delicate moisture balance. This means your skin is never going to be at risk of microscopic tears (caused by conventional exfoliators) that may impair your lipid barrier. And this is when the results can speak for themselves!
As we move into autumn, it's the perfect time to get rid of any dead skin cells, oil or product residue sitting on top of the skin.
In this feature we look at the key benefits of exfoliation and how using a gentle exfoliator can significantly improve your skin quality.
1 Stimulates flood flow
Exfoliation has many benefits, including stimulation of lymphatic drainage for internal cleansing and stimulation of oxygen-rich blood to feed and nourish the skin's surface. The former is a form of skin detoxification, working to remove toxins and other unhealthy debris. The latter boosts cellular health to reveal glowy, radiant skin.
2 Enhances absorption of your skin care products
There is little point applying your luxurious lotions and active ingredients onto skin in need of exfoliation. Your product will only sit above the old skin cells and simply stay on the skin's surface, rather than absorbing into the deeper layers.
Exfoliating will remove the dead skin cells and debris, so that the layers beneath are in the optimum condition and ready to receive the nutrients you feed them.
3 Unclogs the pores
Exfoliation comes into its own here, as we clear any build up of dead skin cells or debris from our pores, you will not only feel and see a difference in the texture of your skin, but enjoy enhanced absorption of your chosen skin care products, by up to 30%.
4 Smoothes the skin tone and texture
If you notice that your skin looks uneven in texture and perhaps have a dry patch or two, then it sounds like your skin could benefit from some TLC. Following exfoliation you should notice improvements almost immediately, with an ongoing routine leading to a brighter and more even toned appearance.
Keeping up exfoliation in the cooler months has been proven to slow down the formation of fine lines and wrinkles that settle when we are covered in layers and not necessarily focusing on this area.
5 Leaves your Neck and Décolletage luminous
Finally, regular exfoliation helps to stimulate collagen synthesis to improve the skin's texture, integrity and keep the skin looking plump, tight, and youthful. In this way, exfoliating also offers long term anti-ageing benefits.
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