Skincare routines can be complex. Between purchasing fancy products, going to the spa, and using all the latest techniques, it’s not always easy to keep up with maintaining your fresh-faced glow.
Want to know a secret, though?
Your skincare routine does not have to be so complicated. In fact, there’s one skincare game-changer that’s often overlooked: exfoliation.
What is exfoliation?
Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. While we can’t often see this buildup, without exfoliating, dead skin sits on the surface of the face, which often leads to dull complexions and acne. When you remove these dead skin cells, you reveal fresh skin for a brighter complexion and cleared pores.
The process of exfoliation can be administered at a spa by way of a facial, microdermabrasion, or even a chemical peel. However, rather than spending a pretty penny on expensive treatments, you can easily exfoliate at home.
What are the best exfoliators?
While exfoliation is certainly possible at home, you won’t truly get the benefits without a proper exfoliating product. You can find plenty of scrubs, masks, peels, and specialized cleansers that are specifically formulated for exfoliation; however, it’s important to be cautious of what exfoliators you’re using.
While exfoliation is key to your skincare routine, it can also be harmful when not managed properly. Harsh chemicals and rough scrubs can actually damage the surface of your skin, resulting in an irritated and inflamed complexion, which can then lead to more breakouts.
Look for exfoliators that are specifically formulated for your skin type. In particular, if you have sensitive skin, ensure you’re only using exfoliators that are clearly marked as gentle. Read labels, consult reviews, and always test a small portion of the product on your skin prior to use to avoid any adverse reactions.
What benefits should I expect from regular exfoliation?
When you find an exfoliating product that works for you, there are some benefits you can expect to see:
- A healthier, more glowing complexion
- Better absorption of serums and moisturizers
- Less pigmentation
- Less dry skin
- Less breakouts (thanks to unclogged pores)
- Smaller pores
- Easier makeup application
- Less wrinkles
- Improved skin texture
- Baby soft skin
Can You Exfoliate With A Sheet Mask?
With all these benefits for exfoliating clearly spelled out for you, you might be wondering whether a sheet mask is able to provide the same benefits. And the answer is, unequivocally, yes!
In fact, a sheet mask is one of the most effective methods for exfoliation, because of how strongly the serum is able to permeate the skin. However, there is one important caution to be aware of before trying an exfoliating sheet mask.
Here at BioRepublic, all of our masks use lactic acid instead of glycolic acid. Because a sheet mask amplifies the effects of exfoliation, the strength of glycolic acid will often result in burning, red skin. Lactic acid, on the other hand, is much gentler, while still providing all the benefits of exfoliation.
Really, what it all boils down to is ensuring exfoliation is a part of your regular skincare routine, but also being cautious of what products you’re using to avoid inflamed and irritated skin.
So, how about it? Who’s ready to get the glowing skin of their dreams with a little exfoliation? Hands up!