However, it's just as important as cleansing and moisturising as there is so much to gain from doing so.
We have listed the top 6 benefits of introducing exfoliating into your skincare routine.
1) Healthy, glowing skin
Have you ever wondered how to get bright, glowing skin? Well, an effective exfoliator is the answer. Here’s why…
When applying makeup over dead skin, the surface is un-even. As a result, your skin can appear to be flaky and patchy and even feel rough in texture.
By gently exfoliating dry skin cells, the skin will appear to feel smoother and look refreshed as the cells are newer.
This will also improve the tone of your skin.
2) Minimises pores
Pores are openings in the skin in which hair follicles grow.
Similar to small holes, when there is a build-up of dirt and dead skin, the pore will expand to accommodate for the increase.
As a result, this makes your pores larger and more visible to the eye.
Exfoliating removes the dirt in the pores and consequently minimises them.
3) Reduces breakouts and acne
Exfoliating is an essential way to manage breakouts and acne.
Many of us recognise the importance of cleansing our skin but under-estimate the power of exfoliating.
A deep exfoliation will help to un-clog your pores from excess oil which can lead to breakouts.
Therefore, if the excess oil and dirt is removed from the root of the cause, the amount of breakouts will most likely reduce.
It is important to consider that breakouts and acne are not only caused by external factors such as makeup and dirt.
There are a number of internal factors which can cause such problems.
For example, hormonal imbalances are often directly linked to the health of your skin.
Stress and a bad diet are other factors which can lead to an increase in spots.
For those who suffer with acne, you should visit a Dermatologist or get advice on how to handle your acne and self-confidence here.
4) Hides wrinkles
Unfortunately, when you place makeup over dead skin cells, the makeup will not just miraculously blend into the skin’s surface.
It will sit on top. We call this the ‘layering effect’. As a result, all fine lines will be magnified.
By removing the dead cells, wrinkles are less-exaggerated. Ultimately, exfoliating fights aging… or at least it hides it!
5) Allows absorption of other products
The reason that exfoliating is so crucial to your skin’s wellbeing is because without it, all of the other steps in your skincare routine will not be as effective.
If the pores are blocked, all of the other skincare products that you use won’t be able to successfully penetrate the deeper layers of your skin.
By removing dirt, a rich moisturiser can provide the depths of your skin with the best nourishment.
6) Improve your tan
One of the best beauty tips before going on holiday is to exfoliate your entire body.
This is because if you remove the dead skin cells, the sun will tan your new cells.
Ultimately, this means that your tan will last longer. If you don’t exfoliate, the dead skin will tan first and naturally shed quicker.
It is vital that you use a sun-lotion that has an SPF in as sun-damage is extremely dangerous for your health.
Getting a spray tan or applying fake tan without exfoliating first is sacrilege in the world of beauty.
Make sure to exfoliate certain areas more vigorously such as hands, knees, ankles and feet.
When applying fake tan over the top of un-exfoliated skin,the ingredients in the tan cling to dry skin.
Therefore, this makes areas prone to dry skin appear darker than the rest of the skin, giving an un-even tan.
So there you have it. Who knew a gentle scrub could do such wonders to your skin!
For all other exfoliating questions like how, where and when, we have created a complete guide for beginners.