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Exfoliation Myths: Busted.

Updated: Dec 13, 2018

How often should you #exfoliate? Does exfoliating irritate your skin? Should you exfoliate to prevent clogged pores or will it cause more acne?

I’m sure we’ve all wondered what the real story is when it comes to exfoliating your skin. One source says it’s a necessity in your routine, the next says to avoid it at all costs. So what’s the deal?

There are three type of #exfoliation: mechanical, chemical and enzymatic. The one most of us can find in our bathrooms are mechanical. This includes brushes and scrubs.

When we mechanically exfoliate, we are removing a layer of dead skin cells. These cells build up as our skin replenishes itself. It is important to exfoliate to remove dead skin cells and accelerate cell turnover to expose the newer skin cells. This can help our skin appear bright and smooth, as well as prevent clogged pores and stimulate new skin cell production.

It’s important to remember that not all exfoliators are equal. Some are harsh and work to buff skin, but leave it dried out. Choose an exfoliator that nourishes, too.

The Bluegrass Bourbon Body Scrub (pictured) contains meadowfoam seed oil, which naturally helps your skin to effectively form a barrier that locks in moisture and delivers nutrients deep into your epidermis for lasting hydration. This exfoliator can be used daily and is one I now keep locked into my beauty routine.

If you choose an exfoliator without repairing qualities, it could damage your skin. Invest in a scrub that contains beneficial ingredients.

Everyone’s skin is different and you should find what works best for you. There is not one blanket statement for exfoliating-- whether good or bad-- that can cover all.

- Hayley Piazza

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