Exfoliation and Our Skin
Exfoliating is something we think about more in Summer. Sun kissed skin exposed at the beach, slathered in sunscreen and moisturisers. But it’s just as important to exfoliate our skin in Winter – it should be part of our skin care regime!
In the cooler months heating, hot showers, cold air and a drop in humidity can all contribute in drying out our skin. Exfoliating is a great way to rid dead, flaky skin which helps our skincare products be better absorbed, promoting healthier, smoother skin.
Benefits of Exfoliation
- Assists the natural skin cell regeneration to promote healthy, glowing, youthful skin
- Improves absorption and penetration of moisturisers and serums
- Evens skin tone and texture
- Helps unblock pores and remove dirt and impurities to prevent acne and blemishes
There are two main types of exfoliation
Chemical – This exfoliation uses acids such as AHAs and BHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids and Beta Hydroxy Acids) Or Enzymes. These acids or enzymes slough or dissolve dead skin cells.
Physical or Mechanical – This is an abrasive like coffee, sugar, salt, nut husks and shells, rice flour, clays etc., that when applied to the skin remove dead skin cells.
Face and Body
As the skin on our face is more sensitive, things like husks, salts, sugars should be used only on the body. Fine natural ingredients like flours, oatmeal and clays are suitable for gentle exfoliation on the face.
Babs Bodycare Pink Clay & Cacao Face Mask contains Yellow Australian Clay which has gentle exfoliating and cleansing properties and is great to use weekly to promote healthy, toned, hydrated skin.
It’s important to be gentle when exfoliating and not to over exfoliate. Too much scrubbing or exfoliating too often can remove natural oils on the skin causing dry, patchy, inflamed or flaky skin. It is crucial to be gentle and work out what your skin needs.
While the recommendations on how often to scrub will vary with each product you use, as a guide 1-2 times a week for your face and 1-3 times for your body. I generally exfoliate my face once a week (I use a face cloth to cleanse and remove makeup most days) and my body once or twice a week.
Exfoliation is great for guys too. Especially those with beards as it promotes open pores and less ingrown hairs.
Need a scrub? Choose from our two Body Scrubs – Coffee and Cacao Scrub – packed with antioxidants. This jaffa, mocha blend will smooth bumps and lumps while gently moisturising. Looking for something a little fresher? Babs Detoxifying Scrub contains a mix of vitamin and mineral rich salts (think magnesium) which soothes tired and sore muscles. Essential oils of Rosemary, Peppermint and Juniper detoxify and refresh.
“The smell of this scrub is amazing! It has a perfect mix of sugar and salt crystals with lots of nourishing oils. It leaves my skin refreshed and silky smooth. It’s my go to product in the shower every Sunday after a long week. I can’t wait to try it out as a soak.”
Detoxifying Scrub – Cassandra Rowley
“To say that I am pleasantly surprised by this product is an huge understatement. It’s excellent, I love it….My skin is glowing and smells divine.”
Coffee & Cacao Scrub – Janice T