Don’t forget to exfoliate your skin regularly this winter season. Many people overlook this critical step in maintaining healthy skin, resulting in a wide range of related problems. As the temperatures drop, there’s less need to wash away the skin’s natural oils. And when you don’t wash your face/skin, the pores become clogged and irritated.
Exfoliation — the process of removing dead skin cells on the surface of the skin through mechanical, chemical, or scrubbing products — plays a key role in skin health. Although you can’t see it, our skin contains millions of microscopic cells which die to make way for newer, healthier cells. The majority of our dead skin cells either fall off or are washed away. Some, however, will remain trapped in the pores, where they cause irritation and inflammation.
Exfoliating is particularly important during the winter because many people neglect basic skincare habits when it’s cold outside. You may assume there’s no need to wash your face, for instance, because of the cold winter weather. But failing to wash your face means more dead skin cells will remain trapped in your pores. Exfoliation allows you to rid your pores of dead skin cells, oil, dirt and debris, creating the appearance of healthy, youthful skin.
Another reason why winter exfoliation is important is because of the excessively dry air characterized by this time of year. We talked about this in a previous post, but it’s worth mentioning again that there’s less indoor humidity during the winter. This dry air encourages dead skin cells to remain trapped in the pores — a problem that’s easily fixed through exfoliation and the application of a high-quality moisturizing cream or lotion.
The bottom line is that everyone should exfoliate on a regular basis. Whether it’s spring, summer, fall or winter, exfoliation promotes healthy skin by cleaning dead skin cells and other debris from the pores. It’s a simple process that goes a long ways in maintaining healthy skin.
Essential Winter-Time Exfoliation Tips:
- Exfoliate your skin no more than once per week. Over-exfoliating may inadvertently remove healthy skin cells in addition to the dead ones, at which point the skin loses its natural glowing hue and texture.
- It’s recommended that you exfoliate either while you shower or immediate after, as the hot steam will encourage the pores to open.
- Choose a high-quality exfoliating agent that’s effective yet gentle on your skin.