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Exfoliating? What's that?!




I get asked this question regularly. Some people have never even heard the term "exfoliate", and when I explain it to them, I still see the huge question marks over their head. So, allow me to explain what this magnificent thing is!


Imagine wearing makeup regularly, or going to the gym and sweating or even just walking around outside on a regular basis. All of the toxins in the air, or all of the ingredients in your makeup, or dirt that lives in your sweat just kind of hang out on the surface of your skin having a little party. Sometimes, these amazing bundles of joy alert you of their presence in the form of breakouts or irritation (acne). It's usually at this point where you are doing a Google search for skin breakout causes, or you go to the drug store and purchase cleansers for "immediate" relief.


More often than not, we end up using a product that will clear the breakout, but not help with the root cause of our issue. This is where a healthy skin regime comes into place. If you are anything like I was a few years ago, you would just lather a little acne soap on your face, rinse, and enjoy the rest of your day. It wasn't until I got my makeup done where the MUA asked me how I wash my face. Confused as ever because my answer was "with a towel and some soap..." but that wasn't what she meant.


Exfoliating has a lot of different benefits. Depending on the formulation of the product, you could be exposing your skin to some amazing bonuses like anti-inflammatory treatment, cleansing treatment, anti-fungal treatment and more... so, the question again is, "What is exfoliation?" In short, exfoliation involves the removal of the oldest dead skin cells on the skin's outermost surface. This is accomplished by using a mild abrasive such as salt or sugar. Exfoliants usually contain the abrasive agent, and some type of carrier oil, and sometimes essential oils and other elements to enhance the benefits of the exfoliation process.


Exfoliating only needs to be done once or twice a week, and can be performed on the face as well as the rest of your body. The benefits of exfoliating include increased blood circulation, revealing of younger fresher looking skin, and renewal of skin cells that give way to a brighter complexion. If you wear make up regularly or sweat it out at the gym, exfoliating is a great way to keep your pores clean and clear to reduce breakouts, and to help your makeup application be smooth and flawless. It's not as technical as it sounds, and is one of the most beneficial things your can do for your skin.


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Terms Used:

MUA - Make Up Artist


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