You may be cleansing, moisturising, and putting on sunscreen, but if you’re not exfoliating, your skin may not be the healthiest it can be. Exfoliation helps to remove dead skin cells and other impurities on the skin’s surface. It can be done by using physical scrubs or chemical acids that vary in intensity to dissolve dead skin cells and aid in cell turnover.
Whether you have dry or oily skin, you can stand to benefit from sloughing away your dead skin cells for a natural-looking glow. Soon enough, your skin can become clearer, brighter, smoother and healthier-looking. We explore some of the benefits below why exfoliation is essential in every skincare routine.
1. Unclogs pores
Firstly, exfoliating helps to effectively unclog your pores as it sweeps away the dead skin and other surface debris that accumulate on the surface of your skin over time. This will prevent them from entering your pores.
When dead skin cells and dirt mix with sebum (the oil produced from your sebaceous glands), this can easily cause stoppages in your pores which in turn leads to the formation of blackheads and whiteheads. The more oil that your skin produces, the more likely it is for your pores to become blocked.
2. Reduces occurrence of acne
Living in sunny Singapore means you might find yourself battling congested skin daily. Due to the constant heat and humidity, it is inevitable that excess oil, dirt and pollutants accumulate on your skin and contribute to breakouts.
When you clear out your pores, this also helps to reduce the chances of acne breakouts from happening. Regular exfoliation can help relieve build-up in the pores and target acne-prone areas like your jawline and chin. Look for chemical exfoliators (AHAs and BHAs) such as salicylic, lactic and glycolic acids to resurface your skin while clearing acne-causing bacteria.
Clear impurities in your pores and let your skin breathe with our Milk Cleanser. Its key ingredient, Lactic Acid, gently removes dull and rough skin without causing sensitivity. It also helps to promote cellular renewal by increasing cell turnover rates in the skin’s epidermis for younger, plumper skin cells, improving the look of any fine lines and wrinkles.
3. Other skincare products can penetrate deeper
Dead skin cells that are clogged in your pores can become a barrier between your skin and other skincare products. When you clear the surface of your skin from dead and dry skin, your serums and moisturisers can penetrate deeper in your skin to work more effectively.
Let your skin soak up and benefit as much of the key ingredients from your favourite skincare products so you can see a major difference to your skin.
4. Evens the skin tone
Dark spots, acne scars, and hyperpigmentation can be challenging to deal with, but exfoliating will do just the trick to tackle uneven skin tone. In addition, the build-up of dead skin cells also leads to skin dullness and roughness.
By exfoliating, it will reveal healthier new skin underneath and make your skin appear more uniform with a smoother texture. At the same time, it is also crucial to wear sunscreen daily to prevent sun damage and new formation of dark spots on your skin.
Try our Aikne Screen to keep your skin protected against the sun’s damaging UV rays. Suitable for acne-prone skin, this screen contains key ingredients such as Salicylic Acid, Allantoin, and Lemon-Scented Tea Tree Oil to reduce inflammation and heal blemishes. Without adequate sun protection, your skin is more vulnerable to developing pigmentation, dark spots and flare-ups.
5. Boosts the skin’s radiance
Exfoliating regularly stimulates collagen synthesis to improve and boost your skin’s texture, keeping it looking young, plump and firm. It also promotes cell turnover so the skin continuously has fresh, healthy cells at the surface to boost the skin's radiance – a great way to achieve that glowing complexion we all strive for.
Enhance your skincare journey to a more youthful look with our Hudor Eye Cream. Packed with two powerful anti-ageing ingredients: Squalene and Purslane, they will work to improve the hydration levels in your skin and stimulate cell repair to promote anti-ageing benefits. Recommended for dry, dull and dehydrated skin, our eye cream will nourish your delicate eye area and keep fine lines at bay.
Reset your complexion back to its fresh and healthy state when you exfoliate to get rid of the built-up dead skin, excess oil and other pollutants that are sitting on your skin. With all the benefits mentioned above, you will learn how important it is to include the exfoliation step in your skincare regime.
Regardless of your skin type and age, facial treatments can also help to maintain your complexion and address your skin’s needs. Check out our facial service that’s great for first-timers – our Auras Detox facial is available for new customers at only $51.36 (after 7% GST) for 1 session, limited to 1 time per pax. This affordable facial includes an exfoliation step, on top of basic cleansing, to unclog your pores and rejuvenate your skin.