In winter, the weather is cold and the humidity is low, which means the water in your skin evaporates faster, resulting in dry, tight and sometimes flaky skin. Additionally, most of us are turning the heaters up and getting closer to the toasty fire, increasing that evaporation rate. The skin naturally sheds the outer superficial dead layers of skin, however in winter with moisture essentially being sucked out those dead layers compact and stay put. What this means is that no matter how much moisturiser and oil you slather on, it will not absorb.
Exfoliation is removing those dead skin cells to allow serums and moisturiser to be delivered into the skin. The skin naturally exfoliates or sheds the dead skin cells, however there are a lot of contributing factors that can slow down that process. Examples are aging, environmental factors, pollution, diet and lifestyle, genetics, skin care regime — all of these can result in dull, lack lustre skin. Exfoliation brings back that healthy glow and can also reduce the appearance of pores.
There are physical exfoliants that will ‘buff ’ the dead skin cells off such as scrubs, loofahs and exfoliating towels. There are chemical exfoliants, these have active ingredients that will dissolve the dead skin cells and provides a deeper result.
Depending on your skin type and product, exfoliate two to three times per week on average.
I like to consult with my client and tailor a skin treatment journey to their skin concerns and to suit their lifestyle.