Skin exfoliation is the act of scrubbing and wiping away dead skin cells that tend to collect on the surface layer of the skin. An exfoliator can improve the skin’s appearance and make it look more vibrant. Without an exfoliator, these dead skin cells would still fall off naturally, but an exfoliator allows all the dead skin cells to fall off at once and change the appearance of the surface layer of the skin. Skin exfoliation has multiple benefits. It plays a major role in helping prevent acne and unclogging the pores of your skin. Skin pores are clogged by debris and dead skin cells that clogs up. Exfoliating effectively wipes this away from the skin. Breakouts occur when the dead skin that is over the pores traps oil secreted by the skin. This causes acne, whiteheads, and blackheads. With exfoliation, these dead skin cells are scrubbed away and breakouts are prevented. Additionally, it improves skin appearance, texture, and feel. This is due to the skin renewal process occurring after exfoliating. Since the dead skin cells were removed, new skin cells can be formed on the surface of the skin. This smoothens the texture of skin affected by acne scars, dark spots, rough skin, and hyper pigmentation. Regular exfoliation ensures that new and healthy skin cells are constantly on the surface layer of the skin, maintaining the smoothness. Exfoliating also helps with wrinkles and aging of the skin. Our products contain naturally anti-aging properties to remove fine lines and stimulate the production of collagen. Blood comes closer to the surface of the skin when skin is exfoliated, causing more collagen production from increased blood flow. The production of collagen helps the skin maintain its compacted and youthful look. If more skincare products are used, their effects will be boosted by exfoliation of the skin. Since exfoliating removes dead skin cells and unclogs pores, other skincare products can make their way through the skin more efficiently.
It is possible for skin to become over-exfoliated, and it is actually one of the biggest mistakes that people make in their skin care routine. According to dermatologists, individuals should only be exfoliating their skin 1-2 times a week in order to wipe away the dead skin cells and unclog the pores without causing damage to the skin. Luckily, the signs of over-exfolation are not subtle and it should be fairly simple to recognize whether your skin has become over-exfoliated or not. Clear warning signs of the skin becoming damaged from over-exfoliation include redness and inflammation of the skin, peeling and burning of the skin, and becoming more sensitive to other skin care products. Additionally, breakouts can occur and small pimples may pop up. The skin can become irritated and it may even begin to hurt. When the skin becomes incredibly dry, it can create a texture that feels like wax. Although many mistake this tight texture for a natural glow, it is quite the opposite since the skin is exposed and lacking moisture.
However, there are many solutions to skin that has become over-exfoliated. The first step is necessary in order to prevent any more damage to the skin. All foaming cleansers, exfoliators, or products with retinol must stop being used. These products can make the skin even more inflamed if it is already damaged and over-exfoliated. Instead, a mild cleanser and moisturizer should be used in order to keep the skin clean while it is recovering. Emollient creams with hydrocortisone or gels with aloe can be used to treat the inflamed and red spots. If this recovery process is used for as long as a month, the skin will recover and the normal skin care routine can be used again. It may be scary to begin exfoliating after recovering from over-exfoliation, but exfoliating creams can be brought back into the skincare routine gently and slowly. Begin exfoliating once a week and if any signs of redness or irritation show up, stop exfoliating until the skin can handle the exfoliation.
There are different skin types that benefit from exfoliators. For dry skin, it is recommended to utilize a more gentle exfoliation formula with more hydration in order to add moisture to the skin. Skin can dry up when products penetrate the natural skin barrier, so using a gentler exfolatior can remove the dead skin cells on the surface layer of the skin while keeping the skin barrier intact and preventing the skin from drying up. Oily skin or skin that often goes through breakouts needs an exfoliator that can regulate oil production while keeping the skin smooth and hydrated.
For these reasons, it is recommended to purchase exfoliating formulas with salicylic acid. Salicylic acid helps wipe away the dead skin cells clogging up the pores and controls the amount of oil secreted by the skin. Skin that has a mix of oily and dry spots would best benefit from plant-based natural acids that dissolve excess oil on the surface level on the skin while declogging pores. These natural acids can be used on both oily and dry skin, making it perfect for skin that has a combination of both. Those with sensitive skin should be more careful about exfoliating often, since they are more prone to the effects of over-exfoliation. Balanced skin types have the ability to experiment with different types of exfoliators, and would highly benefit from the natural formula inside our exfoliating products at Lavender Whisper Apothecary.
In Lavender Whisper Apothecary, our products refrain from the use of harmful chemicals that damage the surface level of skin. These harmful chemicals cause inflammation, swelling, itchiness, and redness of the skin. Instead, we opt for natural ingredients and formulas to protect the natural skin barrier and effectively unclog pores, remove dead skin cells, and improving the texture of the skin. Lavender Whisper Apothecary uses these natural products to ensure the skin remains healthy and clean.
Lavender Whisper Apothecary was created, we have learned the impact of your skin care products to your health, that is why we use only the high quality ingredients, all natural plant based oils, butters, essential oils, botanicals and clays, we look for ingredient that are beneficial to you skin and your health, all natural emollients, moisturizers, antiseptic, exfoliating, detoxifying and soothing.