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Healthy skin is a reflection of overall wellness. One way of achieving a smooth and glowing skin is through exfoliation. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells from the outer layers of the skin. This process can be done easily from the comforts of your home, and this often results in a more radiant and softer skin than before.

So, how does the skin benefit from exfoliating?

Our skin is constantly repairing and replacing itself. As it undergoes this process, we are left with layers of dead skin in our body and exfoliating help get rid of this. It also helps maintain and brighten the skin. Removing dry and dull skin helps increase blood circulation and improves the skin’s appearance.

There are two forms of exfoliation: Physical and chemical. Physical exfoliation involves the use of facial scrub and brushes, while chemical exfoliation is when you use acids and skin peels to remove those unwanted dry and dead skin on your body. Be gentle to your skin, especially when you are doing physical exfoliation. Do light strokes and exfoliate for 30 seconds, then rinse off with lukewarm water. Thirty seconds is all you need to get it done.

Not all skin types are the same when it comes to exfoliation. Whether you have dry, sensitive, oily, or normal skin, it is important to make sure you use the right method of exfoliation for your skin type.

How often do we need to exfoliate and when to stop? 

It depends on your skin type and the form of exfoliation. According to skin experts, one to two times a week is just enough for it to be effective. Do not over-exfoliate. Stop exfoliating if you notice some form of abnormalities on your skin like redness, inflammation, peeling and irritation. Do not exfoliate if you are using certain medication or acne products. It might make your skin worse and may lead to breakouts.