Exfoliation is the removal of the dead skin cells from the surface of the outer skin layer, the epidermis, and has a number of benefits for skin health. It’s particularly important to do in winter months though.
The practice of exfoliation is thought to have originated in warmer climes by ancient Egyptians and the etymology of the word comes from the Latin exfoliare, meaning, to strip off leaves.
Our body is continuously producing new cells and our skin is changing every 28 to 40 days, depending on our age and individual physiology.
When we have excessive amounts of dead cells laying on the surface of the skin, it becomes dull looking, the pores can become trapped, creating blockages, which are unhealthy and can lead to blemishes.
Exfoliation is an important step in any facial treatment we might have in a beauty salon or at home, and along with brightening the complexion, it speeds up skin renewal, allowing new, healthy skin cells to grow.
In winter months, due to the climate, skin is more prone to dryness and irritation and so good exfoliation is even more important. By removing dead cells from the skin’s surface, not only does it help maintain the intrinsic health of skin but it also allows the topical products we apply, such as moisturisers, to absorb more effectively into the skin and be utilised by it. This helps skin to maintain it’s suppleness and vibrancy.