How Much Should you Exfoliate or Scrub

The skin is a miraculous piece of engineering. It is the single largest organ in our body with the prime responsibility of protecting the body from the elements. It is an organ which contains tens of thousands of nerve endings, blood vessels, oil glands and sweat pores. The skin is exposed to the elements 24/7 and does a marvellous job of rejuvenating and renewing itself. Close to 50000 cells are shed by the body every day thus maintaining a balanced and healthy skin.


While the cells shed by the body are for the most part not noticeable to the naked eye, at times, the dead skin cells do not slough off and instead stay on. The dead cells form a layer on the skin and make the skin look dull and pallid. The cells clog the pores of the skin and cause build-up of oils and sweat on the skin. This may result in acne outbreaks and skin infections that can leave ugly marks and pigmentation on the skin.


Exfoliation is a part of cleansing the skin of dead skin. While exfoliating, a rough, grainy substance is rubbed on the skin. This helps dislodging the dead skin cells and exposing the new skin underneath. Commonly used exfoliants comprise of loofahs, exfoliating creams, sponges, brushes and rough face cloths. 


While exfoliating, the grainy cream is rubbed gently on the face in circles and then washed off. Brushes, loofahs or sponges are rubbed in circular motions over the body and then washed. This action dislodges dead cells, while massaging the body to improve blood circulation.  Pores of the skin are opened and the skin is allowed to breathe properly.  Fresh, radiant skin is exposed by this action.


‘How often to exfoliate’ is often a debatable question.  Sensitive skin may become inflamed and red with too much scrubbing. Exfoliation may be counterproductive in such cases. Beauty experts recommend that as a general rule, exfoliation once or twice a week in sufficient to keep the skin healthy.


Oily skin is prone to deposits of sebum .Sebum clogs skin pores and causes acne, boils, whiteheads and ingrown hair. Exfoliation of oily skin is a must as dead skin cells do not slough off easily. Exfoliants like oatmeal; rice flour and gram flour have a grainy texture and are effective natural exfoliants that remove toxins and impurities from the skin to make it fresh and clean.


Combination skin is oily along the T-zone i.e. along the forehead and nose, but dry elsewhere. Combination skin is prone to blackheads and whitehead along the T-zone area. Exfoliants with fruit extracts work best on combination skin.

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