It’s really important to exfoliate your face and body any time of year, but it’s especially important in the winter. Dry winter air causes skin irritation and reduces the efficacy of any products you are trying to use.
Our skin cells turn over about every 28 days. Generally, this is a good thing in that we get new, fresh, skin cells! But we’re not like snakes that shed completely and have wonderfully new, glowing skin already waiting underneath. No, our skin cells are selective and shed wherever they want. If we allow the dead cells to accumulate, we end up with lackluster, bumpy dry and itchy skin. Yuck!
Exfoliating on the other hand, removes this dead skin and speeds up cell renewal enabling new healthy cells to grow. This is super important in maintaining youthful, healthy looking skin. The other bonus? Your dead skin cells aren’t flaking off all over your home creating awesome dust for dust mites to munch on. Gross!
Exfoliating is actually more important than moisturizing because if you’re spending money on creams, lotions and oils etc, they can’t even penetrate properly and then you’re kind of just flushing your money down the toilet. Once you’ve exfoliated, you’ll notice a more even complexion and your products will go on more smoothly and absorb better.
At Evocative, we generally recommend the kaolin clay to help with exfoliation of the face. It’s gentle and can be used as a cleanser and a masque. For the body, we have our Scrub Muffins. They are both a chemical and mechanical exfoliant. They’re super effective, but if you have a cut, it will find it! That’s why we have the disclaimer: Not For Wusses! It’s also jam packed full of cocoa butter, so it infuses the butter at the same time you’re exfoliating, which is also super cool!