We hear from so many women who think exfoliating is an optional step in their skincare routine. It may seem like a 'nice to do' activity, a bit like a pedicure or a Brazilian wax (side note: can we please bring back the 70's aversion to waxing? Brazilians are more trouble than they're worth!) but in actual fact, exfoliating regularly will keep your skin looking gorgeous. Today, we want to step you through why you really need to exfoliate.
Your skin is a collection of beautiful cells that do a whole lot of work behind the scenes, as nature intended. New skin cells are constantly forming but to let them through, you need to get rid of the older cells first. The very best way to do this is to exfoliate regularly.
Removal of Excess Oil
When your pores become clogged with oil, they start to act like putty blocking new skin cells from surfacing. This leaves you with tired, acne-prone, oil-blocked skin. Oil glands are stimulated by hormones. Hormonal fluctuations can be triggered by stress, puberty, poor diet, disease and of course, your menstrual cycle.
While exfoliating won't treat excess oil production, it will unclog your pores and allow them to breathe.
Treatment of Dry Skin
If you suffer from dry skin, your best friend is obviously our Olive Repair Cream which works to hydrate your skin while healing dry, aging and damaged skin. But did you also know exfoliating will turbo-charge your moisture seeking efforts? Dry, flaky skin is an indication that your older skin is hindering your skin regeneration production.
By removing the outer layer of dead skin through gentle exfoliation, you are allowing new skin cells to make their way up to the surface.
Improve Absorption of Skincare
If you've recently purchased gorgeous skincare, it goes without saying you want it to work! By regularly exfoliating you are removing the 'defence' layer aka dry, older skin cells. These serve no purpose and in fact, they stop active skincare products from reaching the layers that are still a work in progress. You want to treat these first and foremost to ensure each new layer of skin is performing at its best.
Increase Blood Flow and Circulation
Good blood circulation is imperative for good health. Blood delivers oxygen and nutrients to your skin and if working well, you'll be glowing. Exfoliating works to promote blood flow and circulation which explains why your skin has a healthy shine to it post-exfoliation.
How Often Should You Exfoliate?
We suggest exfoliating 1 to 3 times per week to remove dry, flaky skin and let your new, radiant skin shine. Any less, your skin regeneration efforts will be stalled. It may be tempting to exfoliate everyday but doing so will reveal new skin cells before they are properly formed.
Our 2-in-1 Exfoliating Scrub and Mask is the perfect potion for all skin types. Made from Oat Bran, Rice Flour, Quandone, Jojoba Oil, Australian Bentonite and Olive Squalane it works to gently purify and brighten skin by removing dead skin cells.
Best of all, it's Vegan and 100% plant based. Also, it won the prestigious top gong at the 2018 Natural Health Beauty Awards. Developed by our Founder, Barbara Botani, it has been formulated to treat all skin types, naturally.
Twice a week with this pocket rocket of a product and you'll be doing makeup free selfies on the daily!
How To Exfoliate
There is a right way to exfoliate and a wrong way to exfoliate. If you want a deep clean, all you need to do is:
- Cleanse prior to exfoliating (we suggest our Purify or Olive Soothing Cleanser if you have sensitive skin)
- Refresh the skin with our Soothing Facial Mist
- Apply the exfoliator liberally by gently rubbing in circular motions and pressing into the skin.
- Rinse off in the shower or with a gentle facial cloth.
If you have sensitive skin, our 2 in 1 Mask & Exfoliator should not be used as a mask. If you would like a deeper exfoliation, apply the exfoliator to your face (avoiding the eye area) and leave it on for 2 minutes. Finish with a soothing facial mist to refresh and hydrate your skin.
To nourish and hydrate your skin, finish off with our Olive Skin Serum. This will leave skin looking plump, soften fine lines and give you a healthy glow.
The truth is, you don't need a million products to let your inner-beauty shine. We're going to go against the grain and say every great skincare routine is made up of 5 high-quality, natural products. And a sensational exfoliator should be a must-have for everyone.