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Top Tips for Natural Exfoliation

Top Tips for Natural Exfoliation
Top Tips for Natural Exfoliation

Here at Andalou, we believe skin is a beautiful thing! Constantly replenishing itself day after day, your skin naturally sheds dead cells to show new ones every 30 days or so. However, dead and dry skin cells don’t always shed completely, resulting in clogged pores and a dry, dull-looking complexion.

Exfoliating can save the day by removing excess dead cells from your face, body or lips, revealing the healthy, new skin underneath, so you can say hello to a healthy glow. Exfoliation can be done in a few different ways, physically with a natural exfoliator or with chemical exfoliation. Learning how to exfoliate your skin starts with understanding the ingredients used to remove dead or flaky skin.

Find the best way to exfoliate your skin with our top tips for natural exfoliation. We're going to share our top tips for exfoliating your skin, like how often you should exfoliate, which skin exfoliation products to use, and everything else you need to exfoliate your face and body naturally.

Skin Exfoliation Encourages Natural Skin Cell Turnover

Skin exfoliation is all about skin cell turnover, the natural process your body undertakes to replace old dead cells with new ones. When it comes to skin, collagen is critical. Exfoliation naturally encourages more skin cell turnover, increasing the production of collagen in your body. The more of this protein you have in your skin, the more elastic it becomes, leading to fewer wrinkles, fewer breakouts and better-looking skin!

Both chemical and physical exfoliation encourages natural skin cell turnover and collagen production, but in entirely different ways. Understanding this difference for your skincare routine is an essential step in achieving a glowing complexion without irritating your skin.

Chemical vs Physical Exfoliation?

Natural, physical exfoliators like Jojoba Berry and Organic Cane Sugar use a physical exfoliant, combined with manual scrubbing or rubbing to remove old skin cells. Chemical exfoliants, including Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) derived from sugary fruits, react with the enzymes in your skin to renew your skin. These acids help peel away the surface layer of your skin to reduce surface scarring and improve skin appearance by exfoliating dead skin cells and impurities.

Because every exfoliator uses different ingredients, it’s essential to consider your skin type or skin concern before choosing an exfoliation method. Natural exfoliating products like our CannaCell X.Foliate Scrub feature bioavailable vegan ingredients that are gentle and effective for all skin types. Combined with a cleansing scrub, body brush or loofah, this facial scrub uses CannaCell® Hemp Stem Cells, Organic Hemp Seed Oil, and Pure Plant Essential oils to reveal a glowing complexion.

Our Brightening Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask features Fruit Stem Cells, Vitamin C, and Glycolic AHA blended with Manuka Honey and Organic Pumpkin, rich in Beta Carotene. These plant-based ingredients gently dissolve and sweep away dull, dry surface cells from the skin, naturally exfoliating and resurfacing for even tone, smooth texture, and a luminous complexion. Users will also experience a tingly sensation on their skin as the AHAs dissolve those pesky dry surface cells. But don't worry as this just lets you know the AHAs are working their magic.

Using a Natural Exfoliator

So how do you exfoliate? Firstly it is so important to not over-exfoliate your skin. We recommend scrubbing 1-2 times per week depending on your skin’s needs. Secondly, when using a natural physical exfoliator, apply the product in small circular motions for about 30 seconds before rinsing with warm water. Exfoliating in the shower makes this process super easy as the warmth of the water softens skin, opens pores to release body oils naturally.

Be careful not to exfoliate if you have an open cut or wound or your skin is sunburned. Always follow instructions on the label, as both chemical and physical exfoliants can lead to irritated or damaged skin if misused. Remember also to use a moisturiser afterwards to help your skin retain moisture throughout the day.

Those with dry and sensitive skin types will love our Sensitive 1000 Roses Pearl Exfoliator and its Alpine Rose Stem Cells, which physically sweep away impurities. Moisture-binding Humectants are also included to help revive the skin's hydro-lipid barrier, alongside Pomegranate extract, to uplift skin tone naturally.

Discover the best face exfoliator for your skin type and particular skin concern today with Andalou Naturals. Or check out our best selling Clear Skin Lemon Sugar Facial Scrub from our massive range of exfoliators.

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