The do’s and don’ts of exfoliation for healthy skin
Exfoliation is a skin treatment that can confuse consumers.
We all know that regular exfoliation is essential for healthy cellular turnover. But by the same token, it is possible to over-exfoliate or exfoliate using abrasive products that can strip the skin’s natural oils leaving the skin sore, red and irritated.
The risk of exfoliating the wrong way doesn’t mean you should avoid exfoliation completely. Exfoliation is an essential step in your skincare routine for the following reasons:
While exfoliating skin that is experiencing painful breakouts may be the last thing you should do, gently sweeping away excess oil, dirt and dead skin cells of healthy skin can remove the particles that cause spots minimising the risk of future breakouts.
Reduce the signs of ageing
Exfoliation won’t necessarily stall the ageing process but by removing dry skin cells and balancing the complexion, makeup will apply more evenly covering dark circles and fine lines easier.
A build-up of dead skin cells can make the complexion appear dry, dull, and lifeless. Removing these cells leaves fresher, brighter, and healthier cells visible leading to a glowing complexion.
Promote an even skin tone
Cells that have been exposed to the sun can become patchy and uneven through pigmentation or sunspots. Regular exfoliation helps to reduce these imperfections leading to an even skin tone.
Increase the efficiency of products
By clearing the pores, the active ingredients in Biologi serums can penetrate further into the skin’s layers to begin nourishing and repairing cells on a deeper level. By the time those skin cells reach the surface, the products have been working for longer to create a stronger, healthier appearance.
While we know that exfoliation is pivotal, exfoliating in the wrong way can harm cells leading to long-term skin damage.
Manual exfoliation with harsh, chemical-based exfoliants is a process that physically removes dead cells from the skin’s surface. The problem with this is that most scrubs are unable to define between healthy and unhealthy skin, so they also remove or tear the healthy cells too.
To exfoliate in the kindest way to your skin, here are our do’s and don’ts for healthy exfoliation.
Do use an enzyme exfoliant
Enzyme exfoliants work differently to manual exfoliants. Instead of removing the cells from the skin’s outer layers, they break down the protein which creates the dead cells. Enzyme exfoliants don’t directly remove cells so they won’t harm your healthy skin cells in any way.
Don’t exfoliate damaged skin
If your skin is irritated, sensitised, or damaged in any way, wait for this to heal before using an exfoliant. Even the gentlest of manual scrubs can damage broken skin causing pain and taking longer to repair.
Don’t exfoliate too often
Depending on the condition of your skin, we recommend approximately twice a week. Any more than that and you risk irritating healthy cells and stripping the natural oils causing dryness that can further damage the skin.
Do use an exfoliant mask
Applying a mask rather than mechanically scrubbing cells away helps remove dead skin cells gently and without causing irritation or tearing healthy cells. Choose the right mask and your cells may also be treated to a nourishing infusion of restorative ingredients.
Do apply Bd serum
Manual exfoliation with harsh products can leave skin sensitive, red and blotchy and vulnerable to environmental factors which can cause long-term damage.
We recommend regular enzyme exfoliation with daily use of Bd Luminosity Serum. Rich in tartaric acid, the Davidson plum extract naturally breaks down the protein bonds that stop dead skin cells from dropping away. This helps regulate oil flow which promotes healthy cell turnover.
Exfoliation is a pivotal step in your skincare routine. If this has previously caused sore and sensitive skin, it no longer needs to be overlooked.
Enzyme exfoliation is gentle on even the most sensitive or acne-prone skin, and Bd serum promotes healthy skincare 100% naturally.
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