Why Do I Need to Exfoliate? Everything You Need to Know About Exfoliants With Polish to Perfection
Why do I need to exfoliate?
“Exfoliating is the most important thing that women age thirty and up can do for their skin." - Robin McGraw
Our skin is truly nature’s self-cleaning oven.
The cells of skin’s uppermost layer, the epidermis, are constantly replacing themselves.
However, this process slows down dramatically with age, and skin looks and feels dry and flat as a result. Exfoliants speed up the shedding process so skin stays vibrant.
Also, Robin adds, “Exfoliating speeds this process up so you get that youthful glow, and it makes it easier for your treatment products like wrinkle and acne fighters to penetrate the skin since there’s no dead layer of cells for them to get through."
That’s why Robin created her Polish to Perfection Micro Polishing & Exfoliating Scrub, to keep skin buffed and glowing.
What happens if I don’t exfoliate?
How much exfoliation your skin needs to look its best is dictated by your genes and your lifestyle.
Slower cellular turnover can produce enlarged pores that expand because they’re clogged with a mixture of dead cells and oil.
These factors can contribute to acne, so keeping your skin exfoliated is an important step toward keeping your skin clear and blemish-free.
If you experience eczema or other forms of dermatitis, the accumulation of dead cells on the skin’s surface can make your condition more difficult to treat.
If your skin is not turning over new cells at its peak rate, fine lines and wrinkles will become more pronounced.
Un-exfoliated skin forms a tough surface layer, making it difficult for even the most potent serum or moisturizer to work effectively.
What’s the right age to start exfoliating?
Skin metabolism generally peaks by your mid-20s, and then cell turnover gradually begins to decline, so that’s the perfect time to begin integrating exfoliation into your skincare routine.
A baby’s skin replaces its top layer in about two weeks. This is why “baby skin” is bouncy, plump and vibrant.
The process slows to 28 days or so by the time we’re 20 years old. And as the decades progress, cellular turnover slows down to between 45 to 90 days.
Allowing dead skin cells to accumulate on the surface of the skin makes your complexion look dull, obscuring skin’s natural translucency.
This translucency is key to what makes skin look young and lit-from-within.
Are there different kinds of exfoliants?
Polish to Perfection is what’s known as a physical or manual exfoliant. Another kind of manual exfoliation is microdermabrasion, a professional medi-spa treatment that removes the toughened top layer of epidermis to reveal the glow below.
This treatment basically works like a scrub, but with a more dramatic effect.
In addition to manual exfoliants, there are chemical exfoliants which don’t require friction or pressure to loosen accumulated cells.
Chemical exfoliants generally resurface the skin by using acids—glycolic, salicylic, ferulic, mandelic and lactic peels are some of the most popular methods.
These acids can also help un-clog pores, fade hyperpigmentation, and soften the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
What’s in Polish to Perfection?
As mentioned above, Polish to Perfection is what’s known as a physical exfoliant.
This means that this product loosens the cellular “glue” that makes dead skin cells stick together on the surface of your skin, allowing new cells to take their place so skin looks brighter and smoother.
We use a powder made of extremely small, completely spherical beads of Ecuadorian Ivory Seed to accomplish this.
These particles gently buff away dead surface cells, unlike the larger, jagged pieces of fruit-pits used in many other more abrasive scrubs (often apricot pits and shells).
The points and sharp edges of these rougher particles actually cause micro-tears in the skin, which can weaken the skin’s protective barrier, and cause irritation.
Our exfoliating scrub energizes cell turnover with antioxidant Japanese green tea extract, and keeps skin protected with sweet almond oil that’s high in essential fatty acids and vitamins A, B and E.
How do I use Polish To Perfection?
Use this exfoliant to polish your skin after you wash your face.
We suggest that you exfoliate a couple of evenings a week (if you have very sensitive or dry skin, once a week may be enough). Robin recommends exfoliation in the evening, so that the active botanicals can continue to fight free radical damage and regenerate cells while your skin is in a resting cycle.
It’s simple to do. First, cleanse your face with our Foaming Joy Purifying Facial Cleanser or our NEW T.L.C.Tender Loving Cleanser Foaming Sensitive Skin Cleanser, rinse well. While skin is damp, work a pea-sized bead of Polish to Perfection Micro Polishing & Exfoliating Scrub over your freshly-cleansed face in a circular motion. Rinse, blot dry, and follow with serum, treatment and moisturizing steps.
Here’s the takeaway:
Get back to basics in four easy steps with Robin’s Recovery Kit Moisturizing and Polishing Routine.
It’s an anti-aging game-changer if your skin needs to hit the “re-set” button.
A mild alpha hydroxy acid in our foaming cleanser loosens the bonds that make skin cells stick together, helping our exfoliant scrub work even better.
Add the daytime moisturizer and nourishing night cream, and your skin takes on a newly refined glow.
You can also get our fan-favorite cleanser, exfoliant and daytime moisturizer in Robin’s Mini Essentials—three travel-friendly tubes to keep in your gym bag and pack in your carry-on (they meet TSA size regulations).
Yes, skin does naturally exfoliate itself, but remember that the process slows with age.
Help nature take its course in the best and most beautiful way possible with Polish to Perfection Micro Polishing & Exfoliating Scrub a couple of evenings a week to keep your complexion healthy, fresh and vibrant!
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