What is exfoliation and what you need to know about your skin’s natural process.
Have you ever taken a bath and looked at the water in the tub? If so you’ve probably seen the byproduct of you skins natural exfoliation process. Exfoliation means to eradicate dead skin cells. This can be done naturally through a process called desquamation or through an exfoliant.
The immediate benefit to us if we exfoliate our skin on a regular basis is that the texture becomes smooth and soft, the complexion has brightened, and we are less prone to skin conditions such as acne, adult acne, eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea.
Let’s explore the natural meaning of exfoliation referred to as desquamation.
This natural process repeats itself every 28 days and recreates new cells in the epidermis, the outermost layer of the skin. The new cells are actually born in the deepest layer of the epidermis called the stratum germinativum. Once the process starts the cell gravitates to the highest layer of
the epidermis called the stratum corneum. The news cells have a major responsibility which is to push out the older skin cells.
So where do the dead skin cells go?
Check out your furniture, the floor, and your bedspread, many people mistake dead skin cells for dust or dirt.
Desquamation also can be attributed to potential skin problems such as disease and skin conditions. Because it involves in the upper layers of the skin through the shedding of dead skin cells, the human body utilizes it as a constructive mechanism to naturally replenish the skin with new vibrant cells.
Desquamation is a latin word that actually speaks to scaling fish, hence, the sloughing of dead skin cells from the epidermis on a consistent basis.
What is an exfoliant?
You just need to take a trip to the local mall or drug store and head to the beauty and skin care section and exfoliants will jump out at you. They’re products or procedures designed to eradicate the build-up of dead cells on your skin.
Be sure to check out my “1 Minute Beauty Tip Videos” with different exfoliating tips.
This is one area of skin care that you should really do your homework in advance. Because many exfoliating products make use of chemicals, it could be possible to have a skin reaction or an allergic reaction to them. Always check with your skin care specialist, family physician, or dermatologist before using an exfoliant.
Make the appropriate choice of the correct product to exfoliate your skin is essential to achieving skin that is soft, hydrated, healthy, and great looking.
Need a natural exfoliant? Here is a list of the top 10 natural exfoliants!
- Baking Soda
- Ground Fruit Seeds and Nuts
- Lemon Juice
- Ground Coffee
- Sea Salt
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