Exfoliation is a big word for the removal of dead skin cells . Why would you want to do that did I hear? Well, put simply, getting rid of dead skin encourages the regeneration of new, fresh and supple skin underneath.
There are 2 ways of exfoliating, chemically (through the use of acids) and physically (through the use of granules and bead-like substances). Some natural acids occurring in foods like citrus fruits, yoghurt and even baking soda can be used in the place of artificial chemical exfoliation (we’ll post some DIY recipes for you to try in a future post). At AJALI, we focus on physical exfoliation products such as our Raw Turbinado Sugar Polish, Pure Sea Salt Scrub and our Konjac Face Sponges.
For Oily Skin
Exfoliation is one of the most important skincare steps for oily skin. Oily skin tends to have an extra-thick coat of built-up dead skin on the surface, along with a thickened pore lining. Gently exfoliating is the only way to remove that build up and diminish clogged pores.Use lukewarm water with an exfoliating product at least twice a week.
For Sensitive Skin
Choose gentle exfoliants as sensitive skin is prone to rashes and irritation – (our Original Konjac Face Sponge would be perfect) or alternatively, try a muslin cloth.
For Dry Skin
You generally won’t need to exfoliate as often which is great news if you’re a low maintenance because dry skin, dead cells flake off quickly. Limit exfoliation to a few times a month and be sure to follow up with a good mosturiser is necessary, or better yet choose one of our scrubs and you won’t need to. They’re so rich in oil they exfoliate and moisturize at the same time.
For Normal Skin
Lucky you! The rule of thumb for people with normal skin is to exfoliate once a week.
Bear in mind that these are all just guides, so be sure to listen to your skin and give it what it needs. Also note that over-exfoliation can be just as bad. Excessive exfoliation accelerates skin-cell turnover way past a healthy rate. This leaves skin feeling tight and sensitive while also leaving it vulnerable to dehydration and, worst-case scenario, infection.
Written by Ifeyinwa Ojekwe