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

If
your skin is feeling flaky and lacklustre, under the rough layer lies a lustrous
canvas of smooth skin. It won’t necessarily shine through on its own though, so
this is where exfoliation can give things a helping hand.


Where did it originate?


Exfoliation
is the removal of dead skin cells from the epidermis and it has been used for
many years to help maintain healthy skin.

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

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


The process

We
all know that we shed skin cells naturally, but as we get older we need a
little exfoliation help to fully remove the dead cells.

As
we age, the glue-like intercellular cement holding the cells together becomes
thicker. This results in a build-up in the layers of skin cells and the skin
sloughing process becomes harder to accomplish.

This
is where exfoliation comes in. The dead skin cells do need to be eliminated in
order for the regeneration of new skin cells – so removal by exfoliation will
brush them away, clearing the surface.

Removing
these dead skin cells means that you can uncover new ones, which will leave
your skin feeling much softer and smoother in appearance.



Benefits

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

It’s
the clogged pores that ultimately lead to blackheads and spots, so exfoliating
is a vital way of keeping your skin clean and healthy. Pores also appear larger
when they are clogged, so if this is something you suffer with, regular exfoliation
can really help.

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


How to exfoliate


You
can exfoliate both your face, body, feet and hands, but not every area should
be exfoliated in the same way.

For
the face:

You can exfoliate your face no matter
what your skin type, but remember your facial skin is sensitive, so you must
avoid the delicate eye area and be gentle in approach.

Wet a clean washcloth or rag under hot water and then place it on your
entire face for 1-2 minutes to open your pores.

Gently exfoliate in circular movements
with an exfoliating product of your choice – but make sure the product is
designed for the face only.

You can also exfoliate your lips too –
but gently!

Wash off the exfoliating product and
enjoy 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 when
exfoliating your body, so it can be easier to do this in the shower.

Skin on the body isn’t as sensitive as
skin on the face, so you can try a range of body exfoliators or use a loofah
brush to get at those hard-to-reach areas like the back.

Remember knees and elbows too – this will
help if you’re going off for a spray tan, to help leave skin smooth and even in
texture.

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


Some helpful tips

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

Always
moisturise your face and body, both after exfoliation and regularly throughout
the week – this will ensure the results of exfoliation last longer and will
help to prevent your skin from becoming dry and flaky.

Exfoliating
can leave your skin with a fresh glow which helps with the application of
make-up. If you have an event coming up, make sure you exfoliate a day or so
before to leave your skin feeling fresh and smooth.


Learn
with us

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

Students study:

Consultation techniques

Contraindications

Accurate skin diagnosis using
mapping techniques

Selecting the correct products
and techniques to suit your clients’ requirements

Superficial and deep cleansing
routines

Skin warming and extraction of
skin blockages

Skin exfoliation

Massage of the face, neck and
shoulders using relaxing techniques

Mask application – you will be
shown how to mix your own masks

Scalp massage


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

You
can find out more information about the course here:


http://www.thebeautyacademy.org/facial-massage-and-skincare/


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