Skin Exfoliation: The Most Important Rule of Post Waxing Care
December 27, 2016
Even though there are all kinds of post waxing care products like calming oils, gels, creams, and tonics that are great for pampering the skin after a hair removal session, anyone who wants radiant, healthy skin must follow other kinds of beauty treatments at home. Among these treatments, regular skin exfoliation is probably one of the most important in post waxing care.
As we have stated in previous posts, the waxing procedure alone has its own exfoliating effect that takes away dead skin cells while removing fuzz. Nevertheless, the skin needs more than that to preserve and maintain its smoothness – beauticians advise to exfoliate at least once or twice a week, although you should wait 4 to 7 days after a waxing session before performing said procedure. At home, exfoliation can be performed with loofahs, dry brushes, or exfoliating scrubs especially made for your skin type, which you can surely find at your spa or beauty salon.
But why is exfoliating so important? The answer is simple: dead skin cells. Maybe you have already heard about them, but what are they exactly? And why are they bad for our health? Well, human skin can renew itself every 28 days; that is to say, every month or so, new cells move upward to the epidermis (outer layer of the skin) while old cells harden and die, breaking away and later falling off from the skin. We lose dead skin cells every day – scientists estimate that we lose about a million in a 24-hour period. In fact, most of the dust in your house is composed by dead skin cell residue.
The skin's periodic renewal is a natural process of the human body, but it doesn't work efficiently one hundred percent of the time. As we age, the process of getting rid of these cells slows down. Therefore, sometimes dead skin cells build up on the skin, causing clogged pores, blackheads, blemishes, and dull or dark spots. Moreover, it can be the cause of severe skin problems. That's why exfoliating is important not only for skin care, but also for your health in general.
Now that you know that the benefits of exfoliating the skin are marvelous, you must follow these essential dos and don'ts that will teach you how to exfoliate regularly without damaging the skin. Remember these simple yet vital rules of exfoliation, and you'll notice how your skin considerably changes.
- Exfoliate in the morning: the skin renews itself at night, so removing the dead cells in the morning is the proper way to go.
- Be gentle: Exfoliate with light pressure in circular motions. Scrubbing too hard can cause irritation.
- Remove your makeup every day: this ritual promotes cellular renewal, as it eliminates dead skin like exfoliation does.
- Don't exfoliate daily: three to four times a week is enough for the face, and once or twice a week for the rest of the body.
- Don't exfoliate if your skin feels dry: do it only when your skin is damp, as it's less aggressive.
- Don't exfoliate right after waxing: Your skin will be too sensitive! Wait 4 to 7 days.
- Don't choose just any product: do research, learn what your skin needs, and buy the perfect products for your skin type.