Exfoliating your skin is a great way to improve the texture, tone and health of your skin, but many of us have tried it with not-so-amazing results and left our faces feeling dry, raw, and red. When you scrub too harshly, the micro damage it causes can actually make your skin worse. Let’s take a look at how to go about it so you’re left with nothing but a natural glow!
The lifecycle of a skin cell
Today you have new plump skin cells being made in the basal (innermost) layer of the Epidermis (outer part of your skin). Here, the cells bathe in the nourishment provided by the ample blood flow of vessels directly beneath them. As they migrate upwards to the Stratum Corneum (outermost) layer of the Epidermis where we can eventually see them, their nourishment subsides and they begin to change shape. During their lifetime, they work hard to protect us from environmental stress and aid the sweat in its process to carry out a level of detoxification. After a month they will have reached the end of their lifecycle, and be flattened, dry and dull. If you want to sound really fancy pants among your friends, you can refer to this constant process of skin renewal as Desquamation.
What can exfoliation do?
Our own ageing process increases the thickness of the glue-like substance holding these skin cells together, making it harder for your body to shed the dead skin cells at the outermost layer of the skin. This can lead to dull, rough, lifeless looking skin. Exfoliating can help remove the old cells to expose the more plump, smooth cells below and refreshing your complexion. The key is to do this gently, and not too deep, so that you still maintain the protective function of your skin without it becoming too sensitive to the products you use over the top (eg. moisturisers, suncream, make up).
How should you exfoliate?
There are two ways to aid the desquamation process:
1. Mechanical – this method uses a tool (eg. sponge) or substrate (eg. facescrub) to lift away the old cells.
2. Chemical – utilises the application of acids (including vitamins) and enzymes to help remove the cells, increase hydration and stimulate cell turnover.
Some skin scrubs include harsh ingredients such as volcanic stone, plastic microbeads, apricot kernels, or walnut shells. Whilst these can be effective, they are very unforgiving if you get too excited when you start massaging it into your face. Yep, we are all guilty of that one! Some people are also sensitive to the concentrated acids in chemical formulations, not to mention the fragrances added along the way.
FOOD4FACE® is a new type of powdered scrub that works in the gentlest, most natural way possible. This ensures your skin is fed well and works well, rewarding you with that healthy-looking glow that demands attention. FOOD4FACE® uses whole food ingredients high in naturally occurring complex vitamins, minerals, enzymes and fatty acids that have been processed as minimally as possible. Each ingredient has been carefully selected for its nutrient-dense profile. Nothing more is added, there is no water, so no preservatives needed, and there are no extracts, derivatives or essential oils to upset your skin. Just real food for unreal skin!