If you are one of the millions of women who desire a smooth, radiant complexion, you may want to examine your skin to see if it would benefit from an exfoliation. Exfoliation is a skin care procedure that involves the removal of aged surface skin cells that make your skin appear lifeless and dull. It’s a procedure that is easy to do. To determine if dead skin is preventing you from having the beautiful young looking skin you desire, and to help you decide whether or not your skin needs exfoliating, check to see if your skin shows any of the signs listed below.
Rough, Dry Skin
Stroke your face with the pads on your fingers and take note of what you feel. If you don’t feel soft, smooth skin, what you may be feeling is scaly skin that should be sloughed off so that the nourishing and hydrating face creams you apply to your face can seep into the pores beneath it and do their job. Silky skin is what you want to feel, and exfoliation is the way to get it.
Clogged Pores and Blackheads
If you see that your pores are congested or plugged up with blackheads, extraction of the impurities in your pores is necessary if you want to improve the appearance of your skin. Exfoliation prior to extraction makes extraction easier. It produces more satisfactory results once the dead skin is removed from the top of the pore opening.
It is true wrinkles come with age and make you look old, but what is also true is old skin that remains on your face makes you look years older too because it accentuates wrinkles. Old skin cells settle in crevices and make wrinkles appear deeper. If you notice more lines on your face than usual, exfoliation should help.
Should your skin analysis bring you to the conclusion exfoliation is warranted, the suggestion is to use an exfoliant that also serves as a mask. Choose one that fits your skin type. Dry skin will especially benefit from an exfoliating mask because masks designed for dry skin usually contain hydrating ingredients.
Caution: Do not exfoliate over moles or broken skin. Also avoid exfoliating skin if you have a skin disease. Follow the directions printed on the product you use, and never rub your skin with great force.