8 Beautiful Benefits of Exfoliating
by Sarah Thomas
Have you heard that Lume Whole Body Deodorants and Acidified Body Cream are clinically proven to exfoliate? Read on to find out why that’s such an amazing bonus for your skin.
Ever watch a snake wriggle out of its old skin, or discover a whole snake shed on a hiking trail? I had a rattlesnake shed as one of my treasures as a child, I kept it in a shoebox along with a real rattle from another snake.
Like snakes, we shed our skin, but instead of a dramatic turnover a couple of times a year, we are continually shedding a million itsy bits of skin as our body creates new skin. This perpetual shed happens all on its own, but there are some real benefits to helping this process along with exfoliation.
What Exactly Is Exfoliation?
Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. As we age the natural shedding of skin slows down (along with our metabolism, muscle building, and just about everything else…but I digress), leading to a buildup of dead cells that can make our skin look dull. Exfoliation helps to slough off the dead cells, encouraging the emergence of that beautiful, fresh, new skin.
There are 2 ways to exfoliate. Physical exfoliation involves using a tool or some kind of textured scrub that will remove old skin. Chemical exfoliants like alpha hydroxy acids or AHAs use gentle acids to help break down and dissolve dead skin.
Why Exfoliate? Here Are 8 Compelling Reasons:
1. Unclogs Pores
Clogged pores are caused by a build up of dead skin cells, combined with oils and dirt on our skin. A little gentle exfoliation keeps pores clear, and may help avoid acne, blackheads, and rough patches.
2. Increases Cellular Turnover
Cellular turnover refers to the process by which new skin cells replace old or damaged skin cells. Cellular turnover plays a crucial role in maintaining the health and appearance of skin. The outer layer of the skin is constantly shedding old, dead skin cells and generating new ones. This process helps in the renewal of the skin, promoting a smoother and more youthful complexion. Babies and young children turnover cells twice as fast as older adults - which explains why babies are radiant little sunbeams.
3. Helps Skincare Products Penetrate Deeper Into the Skin
Dead skin cells create a bit of a barrier that prevents moisturizers and serums from penetrating at a level where they will do the most good. Exfoliating removes that barrier and helps you get the most out of your skincare.
4. Evens Skin Tone
Exfoliating can reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation and improve skin tone because it breaks up clusters of melanin and removes flaky patches that dull the appearance of skin.
Over time, as cells turnover, dark and dry spots will slough off so that healthy, new skin cells can come to the surface.
5. Softer, Smoother Feeling Skin
Removing textured outer, rough, and dry layers of skin through exfoliation makes skin feel smoother and softer - it’s all about decreasing the resistance! Add a moisturizer, and you are in business for some baby smooth skin.
6. Brightens Skin
Let your skin shine! Your inner radiance will shine through when you slough off the dull and dry outer layers. Blood flow is stimulated through exfoliation, and signals your body to repair and renew.
7. Improves Appearance of Skin Texture
What causes uneven skin texture? Aging, sun exposure, dryness, genetics, and acne, to name a few. Most of us have experienced at least one of these causes. Gentle exfoliation improves skin texture by smoothing out rough patches without disrupting healthy, new skin cells.
8. May Reduce Razor Burn and Ingrown Hairs
Unclogging pores may be a solution to razor bumps and ingrown hairs. With extra layers of dead skin cells removed, hair is more easily able to grow without any roadblocks.
Wanna Skip A Step And Still Bask In The Glow?
As you can see, the benefits of exfoliating are pretty attractive. If you are using a scrub or exfoliating device, most agree exfoliating 2 or 3 times per week is sufficient to reap the benefits.
If that sounds daunting to you (keeping track of which days I’m supposed to remember to exfoliate, or really, adding anything to my list of to dos is daunting for me), you might consider saving a step in your skincare routine by using high quality, gentle products that exfoliate while also providing other benefits.
Get That Lume Glow Up From Your Toes Up
If you’re a fan of Lume, hang on to your hat because our Smooth Solid, Invisible Cream Tube and Cream Stick Deodorants and Acidified Body Cream are powered by Mandelic Acid - a gentle alpha hydroxy acid - and are all clinically proven to EXFOLIATE.
So while you enjoy outrageously effective odor control and lavishly moisturize your skin with facial quality ingredients, you can also enjoy the benefits of exfoliation wherever you use those products.
We frequently receive rave reviews from customers who have seen a real difference in their skin. Here’s one such review:
“My armpits look fantastic! (and I've accidentally/tiredly put Lume deodorant on my face, twice, and did not need to freak out about it, bc my pits are gorgeous!) ❤️” Genie Queenie
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