Exfoliation 101: Part 1

Exfoliation 101: Part 1

Hey wonderful humans, this post is all about exfoliation, an in-depth look into why you should, how you should, etc.

Let’s start at the very top, what do we mean by exfoliation, Exfoliation is basically removing dead skin cells from the outermost layer of the skin. If we don’t properly cleanse and exfoliate, these dead skin cells build up and clog our pores, makes our skin look dull, we get breakouts, milia and all other forms of clogged pores like even blachkheads.

Why do we have dead skin cells? I won’t bore you with the science of it all, at least not a lot! We shed about 30000-40000 skin cells every hour, this means old skin dies and new skin cells are produced, as you grow older, your skin cell renewal rate slows down (This is why retinol is very important, it doesn’t exfoliate your skin but speeds up skin cell renewal rate), but as you get older, the ability of your skin to renew itself to reveal smoother younger skin slows down and this causes the dead skin to just accumulate, proper cleansing and exfoliating as well as hydrating of the skin helps clear the skin and reveal smoother, brighter skin.

Now that we know what exfoliating is and why it is important, let’s move on to types. There’s only two methods of exfoliating, the physical/mechanical/manual method and the chemical method. Before I talk about both methods, I’d cover two important concepts, under and over exfoliating.

Under exfoliating is a thing , a thing we don’t want, it’s using something that’s not good enough to properly exfoliate your skin and so products can’t penetrate deeper into your skin, you’re getting milia (rash like things on the face), your skin is looking dull.

Over-exfoliating can strip the skin of oil, irritate and sensitize your skin and we don’t want this, which is why we advise against abrasive scrubs like sugar, salt, st Ives etc for the face.

Going to Stop here today, to recap, we have covered what exfoliation is, why we should, what happens if we don’t. I don’t want to overwhelm you with too much information at once, next post, I will talk about the methods of exfoliating and how they exfoliate the skin.

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you now know more on exfoliation and it’s importance, in part 2, I’d cover everything from different methods, AHAs, BHAs, etc. If you enjoyed this post and learnt something new, please do share with your friends and subscribe to my mailing list. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them in the comment section and i’d respond as soon as i can.


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