Stop sitting there staring at your dull, uneven textured skin & take it off baby!!! "Take off my skin...Amy you must be crazy! How is that even possible?" Well, I am crazy...CRAZY about exfoliating that is! Exfoliating is the act of mechanically or chemically removing dead skin cells from the skin's surface. I'll be discussing the former today since we've already addressed forms of chemical exfoliation prior to this blog post. (I'm sure I'll be writing more on chemical exfoliation in the future since its my favorite form of exfoliation). If you missed it then you should probably start following this blog-this is life changing stuff people!!!
Mechanical exfoliation or scrubs have little granular particles that "scratch", for lack of a better word, the skin's surface removing dead cells. Scrubs contain particles like hydrogenated jojoba oil beads, ground nuts or shells, and cornmeal. There are many different particles that companies may use, those are just a few examples.
Our cell turnover rate slows down with age. Which is what causes your skin to have that dull & uneven skin texture. Daily exfoliation will give a helping hand to your slowed down cell renewal process, stimulating the cells to renew quicker. Long-term good skincare habits will result in much healthier and much younger looking skin. Exfoliation isn't just an anti-aging warrior but a hero in the world of clogged pores & excess oil too.
My 2 favorite mechanical exfoliantes are Cliniques 7 Day Scrub Cream ( for all skin types) & Cliniques Exfoliating Scrub ( for oily & very oily skin types). I have put to the test both of these products and absolutely love them both. The 7 day Scrub Cream is an Allure Reader's Choice Winner that gentley polishes the skin's surface smoothing away fine lines & prepping the skin for your moisturizer. The Exfoliating Scrub is a 2009 winner of InStyle magazine's BestBeautyBuys. If you have oily skin say goodbye to the yucky oil & hello to radiance! This water-based scrub will unclog your pores leaving you with a refreshed complexion. The instructions for both of these products suggest that you use them before you wash your face. Sorry Clinique I love these exfoliantes but don't love the suggested usage. To me it makes more sense to have my collected dirt & oil be removed before I started scrubbing it into my pores...with both of these products, I 1st removed all makeup (eye & face) then washed my face (with the Clarisonic) then used either scrub. Makes more sense this way-silly Clinique!