Exfoliation. I'm sure we have all been told that exfoliating is super important. If you've ever been to a waxing business before or walked into a local beauty supply store, you have seen a million different exfoliators. Different types, strengths, smells, key ingredients and some screaming, "ME! ME! ME! Pick ME!" from an aisle full of competition. What is exfoliation and why is it so important for skin care? Why does my wax specialist keep pushing these products on me? Which products should I be buying and do I actually have to spend more than $50 for a rock to rub my skin off?
Let's start with the basics. What is exfoliating? Exfoliating according to Google is to"wash or rub (a part of the body) with a granular substance to remove dead cells from the surface of the skin". So in essence, you are removing dead skin cells from the surface of your skin to allow the new, smooth skin to breathe and thrive. You ever tried putting makeup on to a face full of dead skin cells? Your foundation doesn't go on as smooth and may even appear blotchy. You must remove that extra barrier for that flawless look, my dear.
Why exfoliate? I kind of answered this with the definition but when it comes to your body, the same rules apply. You want to get that new skin to breathe and be open to receiving moisture, nutrients and all the vitamins you want it to receive. What's the use of spending money on products if it's just going to sit on top of dead skin cells and never reach it's intended recipient? If you aren't grossed out by the thought of caked up dead skin cells on your legs yet, let's talk benefits.
When it comes to waxing, benefit #1 is the minimizing of pores. Yes, you read that correctly. The pores shrink in size! Why? Well imagine your pore had hair in it and then there's dirt, oil, dead skin cells (yuck!), product buildup and all other things yucky gunked up inside of it. It's like filling a balloon, it will expand with the more stuff that's put inside of it. Exfoliating helps to clear all of that nastiness out and the pore will adjust to it's new size. Also, preventing breakouts (ingrown hairs ringing a bell?) and clogged pores. The shrinking of pores and the consistent removal of hair will result in finer hairs growing and some pores will stop growing hair. Less hair, everywhere...YAY!
Next up is product absorption. Those expensive (or inexpensive but working) products that you want to maximize benefits from are better absorbed through clean, fresh skin. If stretch mark creams don't seem to be working or serums are about to be tossed out but you haven't tried exfoliating first, DON'T throw them away just yet. Try exfoliating daily for a month (you can do it in the shower) and give your new product a real chance to work before you toss them. Besides, isn't it annoying when something seems to be working for everyone else but you? Give it a chance and if it still doesn't work, THEN write that review you've been dying to post on the website for ALL to see in it's glory.
Lastly, Exfoliate. Exfoliate. Exfoliate. There a million different types to choose from. For those with sensitive skin, there are natural/organic products out there. For the not so sensitive skin, there are some awesome smelling exfoliators to choose from. I'll put you in on a secret, one of my favorite beauty products is made right in my kitchen. Actually, most of faves are homemade but for exfoliating I mix baking soda and water. That's it. I know, sounds too simple to be true. Baking soda and water to be a paste consistency works just great for me. Well, that's all for now boys and girls.
EXFOLIATION. KEY TO SUCCESS!