I’m sure you’ve noticed how dry and scaly your skin tends to get in the winter. I turn into an alligator. It's not fun at all, especially when combined with the inevitable dry itch that comes from the winter air sucking moisture out of your skin. Exfoliation is always touted in the summer because that is when we are wearing the least clothes and our skin to appear smooth and radiant. However, it is just as important in the winter if you want to avoid the dull, crispy skin that comes every year.
What is it?
Exfoliation is the act of removing dead skin cells. Your body naturally removes dead skin cells, but at a rate governed by an internal clock. If too many dead skin cells build up before that time, you are left with dull, scaly skin. You can remove these dead cells yourself with the help of a body scrub, loofah or a dry brush.
Your skin benefits from your products the most when there aren’t any dead skin cells in the way. Exfoliated skin allows your moisturizer to penetrate deeper, thus allowing you to experience the full benefits of the product (ex. nutrients can penetrate your skin at deeper levels and your skin stays moisturized longer).
Exfoliation also speeds up cell turnover, which is great for those looking to improve their skin’s overall appearance. Cell turnover is when your body replaces damaged skin cells with healthy ones. The cell turnover rate for babies is every 1-3 weeks- that’s why their skin is so soft and their skin tone is so even. As we age, our cell turnover slows down. This can lead to dull skin and body acne triggered by the accumulation of dead skin cells.
As you can see, exfoliation is essential for maintaining moist, glowing skin in the winter. Exfoliation:
Which method do I recommend?
Exfoliating in the shower with a body scrub is my favorite method.
That way involves exfoliating and adding moisture at the same time. Terrene Fusions Coffee & Himalayan Salt Scrub moisturizes with Shea Butter while the Himalayan Salt and Coffee granules remove your dead skin. The caffeine content in the coffee also helps diminish the appearance of cellulite. It’s an indulgent treat to use in the shower before starting your day.
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