WHY EXFOLIATION IS AN IMPORTANT ADDITION TO YOUR SKINCARE ROUTINE
Whether you use a silicone exfoliation brush, or a peel which removes dead skin cells, it is important to cleans and purify the top layer of your skin, removing any dirt from pores in order to thoroughly clean your body's most important organ.
WHAT IS EXFOLIATION?
Exfoliation removes the barrier of dead skin cells clogging the skin and uncovers fresh new cells below. This opens the way for moisturising products to penetrate more deeply into the skin, which makes them more effective. A regular exfoliating routine will leave your skin feeling soft and looking radiant.
THE TWO TYPES OF EXFOLIANTS
There are two types of exfoliant: a scrub and a peel. A scrub has a grain that mechanically removes dead skin cells by massaging. These granules are often only made from ground nut shells or microplastics and the chances are that these will damage your skin (or the environment).
You don’t have to sand your skin with sharp grains. A natural peel consists of (fruit) acids, which ensure that the “glue” between the dead skin cells is dissolved and released. In addition to the fact that a natural peel does not damage your skin (we are not talking about a heavy, chemical peel here), it has another advantage. Due to the acids, the skin cells are temporarily better able to absorb and retain moisture. And that is exactly what skin care should do!
WILL EXFOLIATING LIGHTEN SKIN?
In short, yes, it can help lighten skin. However this isn't a permanent solution. Exfoliating helps take away dead skin cells, pushing your body to create new ones more frequently. This means skin which has been exposed to the sun will be essentially 'taken off', leaving your natural pigmentation behind. Exfoliating will not lighten your natural skin tone.
Naturally, this also means that exfoliating regularly will get rid of your sun tan, too.
DOES EXFOLIATING REMOVE HAIR?
No, but it can certainly help! As previously said, exfoliating removes dead skin cells, meaning that any cell build-up around the hair follicles will also be removed if you exfoliate in that area. After this, the hair removal process you choose can be a lot cleaner-looking and easier, as there is no build-up in the way of a razor or other hair removal method.
WHY DOES EXFOLIATING MAKE YOUR SKIN RED?
As you remove the top layer of skin, your new skin cells will be softer, redder, and more sensitive than the old ones, which are dry and, well, dead. However, constant redness and sensitivity is not good for your skin. This can occur if you are exfoliating very aggressively, or using a harsh exfoliator. These will do more damage than good to your skin.
WHICH CHEMICAL EXFOLIANT IS THE BEST FOR SENSITIVE SKIN?
We strongly advise against exfoliation, especially with skin that is sensitive or suffers from couperose, acne, eczema or rosacea. A regular, mild peel is a great way to keep your top layer of skin as thin as possible to stimulate cell division and blood flow. Your skin makes new, fresh skin cells that can be well nourished to reveal beautiful, clean and radiant skin.
The Witlof Smoothing Peel contains fruit acids (pineapple and bilberry) that are the perfect way to gently and thoroughly exfoliate your skin. Corallina seaweed is rich in magnesium and calcium and helps maintain the hydrolipid balance of the skin. This improves the skin’s suppleness and moisture and strengthens it’s barrier function. The red algae has antibacterial properties and contains many antioxidants that are anti-aging.
This Smoothing Peel not only removes dead skin cells but also ensures that your skin is able to hold moisture for longer. Fruit acids have an activating effect on the underlying skin layers which become firmer and more collagen is produced. Also blurs pigmentation and minor irregularities over time.
The Smoothing Peel is the ultimate part of your skin routine, ensuring smooth, even skin and a radiant glow.