There are many types of exfoliation techniques. Some gentle scrubs will freshen the skin and some stronger exfoliators will remove deeper clogged pores and dead skin cells.
What Does Exfoliation do For Mature Skin?
Our skin sheds all of the time, but unfortunately this isn’t as great as it sounds because the cells don’t just disappear into thin air, oh no. Instead, they cling to our healthy skin. They make our complexions dull and they clog up our pores. What effect does this have on mature skin? It actually makes fine lines and wrinkles appear worse than they are in reality. Who wants that?
Exfoliating mature skin helps to remove those dead cells entirely, leaving a smoother, brighter complexion in its wake. That alone will help your skin to look more youthful. Exfoliation is quick and easy and there are lots of ways that you can do it.
Exfoliation matters even more as we begin to age and our skin changes. We should exfoliate in order to combat the effects of dry skin, slow cell turnover, and the worsening appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. I started to notice major changes in my skin when I got well into my forties.
A Natural Approach to Exfoliation
I love a brown sugar and olive oil exfoliation. I often add a squeeze of lemon juice too.
All you need to do is mix up a tablespoon of brown sugar to a spoonful of olive oil to make a firm mix that will leave your skin glowing and soft. You can use this type of exfoliator a few times a week. You could also use coconut oil but that is a little more costly. Brown sugar is preferable to white sugar as it’s softer on the skin and we don’t want to use anything that will physically scratch the surface.
If you’ve watched any of my Youtube videos then you will know that I am a glycolic fan. I love the nip and fab exfoliators and particularly the scrub. All glycolic products exfoliate the skin but the scrub is great gently rubbed into the surface and then left for a couple of minutes. My absolute favourite is this one from Nip&Fab.
Derma-rolling, otherwise known as micro-needling is perfect for exfoliating. It doesn’t work right away. You need to wait a few days for the needling to take effect, but when it does, your skin will shed and then some! I use a 1mm needle roller every six weeks over the whole of my face, although I am careful not to go up under my eyes as the skin here is way delicate. For extra exfoliation use Tretinoin after rolling, or glycolic mixed with a moisturiser to minimise irritation.
Dermaplaning for Anti-Ageing
This is perhaps my most favourite of all exfoliating techniques. It’s not for the faint hearted though. I use a surgical blade but I started with a flat bladed face razor. You can get these on Amazon very cheaply.
You gently take the blade across your face in slow motions with gentle pressure. This removes the fine hair and also lots of skin cells! I love this technique as my skin is left feeling super-soft and glowing. Fine lines are diminished and deeper wrinkles appear less….well, just less 🙂