Here’s the lowdown on the skincare practice every ritual needs.
– KEYS SOULCARE
In the quest for soft, radiant, glowing skin, exfoliation is seemingly non-negotiable. This favored step in beauty routines can help you reach your glow goals, but the benefits of this skin-renewing process go way beyond the surface.
Today, we’re deconstructing exfoliation: what it means to exfoliate, the value it brings, and the offerings that will get you in the glow, from head to toe.
WHAT IS EXFOLIATION?
Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells using any singular or combination of modalities, including tools, chemicals, or grainy substances. Our skin naturally sheds, with our outermost layer— the stratum corneum—having a completed cellular turnover every 28 to 30 days. During this process, however, every dead cell isn’t removed, so exfoliating the skin can help clear up what’s left.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF EXFOLIATION?
Exfoliating gives your skin a boost in five ways:
1. Brightens your skin
Adding this to your routine will keep you radiating, daily and long-term. By buffing away dead cells from the surface, you allow new cells to be revealed underneath. As regenerative processes slow down with age, dead skin cells pile up and dull complexions. (Translation? Exfoliating to support your skin’s natural shedding process keeps you looking fresh over time.)
2. Unclogs pores
Clogged pores are caused by dead skin cells being trapped in the skin. When you exfoliate, you rid the skin’s surface of pore-clogging material, keeping skin clearer. It also removes other dirt and debris your cleanser might have missed, making you less susceptible to breakouts.
3. Boosts absorption
Dead skin cells can become a skin-drying barrier that prevents skincare products from being absorbed. By clearing up your pores, you make room for skin-nourishing products such as serums and moisturizers, increasing the overall effectiveness of your skincare routine.
4. Improves skin texture
Exfoliating evens out your skin’s tone and feel. Massaging away those dry, flaky layers with a body polish leaves skin smooth and leveled out. If you’re applying makeup, having a polished base makes application easier by minimizing the appearance of discoloration and lessening your chances of caking up.
5. Increases circulation
Want to really get your blood pumping? Try using an exfoliation tool like a dry body brush which will stimulate blood flow through pressure and motion. Increased blood circulation makes it easier for your body to detoxify the blood and support lymphatic drainage. Bonus: this process also stimulates your nervous system, letting you melt into relaxation through self-massage.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU EXFOLIATE?
The frequency of using an exfoliating body scrub can depend on your skin type and situation, but one to three times a week should be more than enough for your face or body to feel fresh and renewed.
HOW TO EXFOLIATE WITH KEYS SOULCARE:
Indulge in total-body rejuvenation with an exfoliation ritual that lets it all go. Release and renew with the Body Ritual, which includes our Mind-Clearing Body Polish and Energizing Dry Brush for soul-nourishing exfoliation in and out of your shower sesh.
For your face and neck, get skin-brightening results with our Purifying Duo. This soulful skincare pairing comes with our beloved Harmony Mask and Be Luminous Powder. With moisture-rich ingredients like Manuka honey and lactic acid, this KSC power couple gently restores radiance and hydration with every use.
Exfoliation is your soulcare reminder to rinse, release, and repeat. Give yourself permission to free what’s no longer serving you and embrace the new — your fresh start is waiting on the other side.
What are you releasing today? Share what you’re letting go of this week in the comments!