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The Importance of Exfoliation

We’ve all heard ofexfoliation, but how much do you know about its importance? Experts from TheBeauty Academy explore the benefits of this treatment, which can leave yourskin healthy, glowing and radiant!

Ifyour skin is feeling flaky and lacklustre, under the rough layer lies a lustrouscanvas of smooth skin. It won’t necessarily shine through on its own though, sothis is where exfoliation can give things a helping hand.

Where did it originate?

Exfoliationis the removal of dead skin cells from the epidermis and it has been used formany years to help maintain healthy skin.

It’s theEgyptians who are said to have come up with the concept of exfoliation – abrasivemasks, minerals and alabaster particles were used for this purpose.

Exfoliation products have now been developed to cater for the sensitivitiesof facial and body skin. It’s also acknowledged as a vital part of the skincareroutine, yielding great results if done regularly. It’s widely used as a vitalstep in facials and body treatments in spas all over the world.

The process

Weall know that we shed skin cells naturally, but as we get older we need alittle exfoliation help to fully remove the dead cells.

Aswe age, the glue-like intercellular cement holding the cells together becomesthicker. This results in a build-up in the layers of skin cells and the skinsloughing process becomes harder to accomplish.

Thisis where exfoliation comes in. The dead skin cells do need to be eliminated inorder for the regeneration of new skin cells – so removal by exfoliation willbrush them away, clearing the surface.

Removingthese dead skin cells means that you can uncover new ones, which will leaveyour skin feeling much softer and smoother in appearance.


Exfoliatingthe skin is a really important step in your skincare routine. This is becausethe removal of dead skin cells will help to prevent the clogging of pores.

It’sthe clogged pores that ultimately lead to blackheads and spots, so exfoliatingis a vital way of keeping your skin clean and healthy. Pores also appear largerwhen they are clogged, so if this is something you suffer with, regular exfoliationcan really help.

Theprocess of exfoliation also helps to stimulate blood flow, so it can leave yourface with a more youthful glow and a lot smoother in texture.

How to exfoliate

Youcan exfoliate both your face, body, feet and hands, but not every area shouldbe exfoliated in the same way.

Forthe face:

  • You can exfoliate your face no matterwhat your skin type, but remember your facial skin is sensitive, so you mustavoid the delicate eye area and be gentle in approach.
  • Wet a clean washcloth or rag under hot water and then place it on yourentire face for 1-2 minutes to open your pores.
  • Gently exfoliate in circular movementswith an exfoliating product of your choice – but make sure the product isdesigned for the face only.
  • You can also exfoliate your lips too –but gently!
  • Wash off the exfoliating product andenjoy the feeling of smooth, fresh skin.

For the body:

  • Exfoliating your body is also a must,as our bodies shed skin at rather an alarming rate!
  • There’s a lot more area to cover whenexfoliating your body, so it can be easier to do this in the shower.
  • Skin on the body isn’t as sensitive asskin on the face, so you can try a range of body exfoliators or use a loofahbrush to get at those hard-to-reach areas like the back.
  • Remember knees and elbows too – this willhelp if you’re going off for a spray tan, to help leave skin smooth and even intexture.

Then always moisturise – both face and body –after exfoliation, to ensure the results last!

Some helpful tips

Don’texfoliate vigorously. You don’t want to hurt or excessively rub at the skin –exfoliate in gentle movements and not too hard!

Alwaysmoisturise your face and body, both after exfoliation and regularly throughoutthe week – this will ensure the results of exfoliation last longer and willhelp to prevent your skin from becoming dry and flaky.

Exfoliatingcan leave your skin with a fresh glow which helps with the application ofmake-up. If you have an event coming up, make sure you exfoliate a day or sobefore to leave your skin feeling fresh and smooth.

Learnwith us

If you want to learn more about exfoliation andfacials, The Beauty Academy offer the two day Facial Massage and SkincareCourse.

Students study:

  • Consultation techniques
  • Contraindications
  • Accurate skin diagnosis usingmapping techniques
  • Selecting the correct productsand techniques to suit your clients’ requirements
  • Superficial and deep cleansingroutines
  • Skin warming and extraction ofskin blockages
  • Skin exfoliation
  • Massage of the face, neck andshoulders using relaxing techniques
  • Mask application – you will beshown how to mix your own masks
  • Scalp massage

By working on the face, neckand shoulders using a variety of techniques and products, you can provide arelaxing treatment that also improves the condition of the skin.

Youcan find out more information about the course here:

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