If you want to maintain a youthful appearance longer, you must exfoliate and moisturize. And this is why:
Skin is our heaviest and largest organ making up roughly one-seventh of our overall body weight. This of course ultimately depends on an individual’s height and body mass. But, generally speaking, it can weigh anywhere between 7 and 22 pounds and may have a surface area spanning between 1 and 2 square meters. Understanding how the skin is structured, what your personal skin type is, and what it requires to be healthy, are the main ways to ensure you look your best for as long as possible.
Because it’s on the surface, most people forget that skin actually has a ton of functions. The most obvious one is serving as our body’s protective barrier that guards interior tissues and organs against the outside world. It also helps us with thermoregulation, waste disposal, hormone production and danger detection. In other words, skin is both amazingly resilient and super vulnerable, which is why it’s incredibly important to protect it against sun damage, toxic substances, and pollution exposure. If you exfoliate and moisturize, you can offset harmful effects caused by exposure to the elements.
Examining someone’s skin can reveal a lot about his or her health and lifestyle. For example, someone who spends a lot of unprotected time in the sun will have more sunspots, wrinkles, and dry patches than someone who uses sunscreen. Similarly, someone who drinks a lot of water gets plenty of sleep, and engages in the simplest form of skincare will look significantly younger and healthier than someone who drinks sugary drinks, suffers from insomnia, and forgoes skincare regiments altogether.
When skin changes color, elasticity, or clarity, there are usually underlying reasons for the change that can be medical in nature. Those who have too few red blood cells in their blood may appear pale, lethargic, or disoriented. Similarly, people with consistently blotchy skin may have a hormonal imbalance or a toxic system. In other words, there’s often a correlation between the health of a person and the appearance of his or her skin.
Now, skin is made up of three different layers. The outer layer is called the epidermis and most consists of dead skin cells that are firmly stuck together. New cells are produced at the lower layers; hence old skin cells harden and shed every four weeks to make room for emerging ones. The second layer is called the dermis and is where the roots of our hair form. Then comes the third and deepest layer called the subcutis. Though the thickness of the skin depends on where it’s located and the demands that are made on it, age and gender also play a part.
Why Exfoliate and Moisturize
When it comes to taking care of the skin, simply drinking enough water is not going to suffice. A lot of the time, dead skin cells can accumulate in the pores and cause breakouts, ingrown hairs, and an uneven skin tone. Every skin care professional will tell you that there are definitive benefits to exfoliation, which essentially refers to the process of removing the topmost layer of dead skin cells to clarify the complexion.
There are Different ways to Exfoliate
There are different ways to exfoliate. One way is to do it chemically. This involves applying an acid to the face, which will then dissolve the dead skin cells. The other way involves taking a (Merkaela) scrub or brush to physically remove the dead skin cells. Either way, results will be immediately noticeable since the skin will appear cleaner, brighter, and smoother. Then, topical skin care products should be applied, as their effectiveness will be more apparent.
There are a number of benefits of exfoliating. First, it immediately clarifies your complexion and makes it easier to apply other products. Second, exfoliation can improve collagen production, which will result in younger-looking skin that is both tighter and brighter. Third, those who exfoliate may also see fewer breakouts, blackheads, and whiteheads, which often result from sun exposure, clogged pores, and accumulation of pollution.
However, exfoliation may not be suitable for everyone. Those who have inflammatory acne, which often manifests as cysts as well as pustules, should always consult a dermatologist before starting any serious skin care regiment. Because some exfoliation methods involve harsh chemicals or brushes that can cause irritation, certain skin conditions can be made worse by treatments of this kind. Before jumping on any popular beauty trends, every person should learn about their personal skin type.
Those who have sensitive skin should try milder exfoliation treatments (such as the ones provided by Merkaela) and must be mindful about the chemical compositions of some available options. Those with oily skin can use stronger treatments, but should still do their research to make sure they don’t over stimulate the skin, causing irritation, blotchiness, and redness. It’s also important to practice timing, as over exfoliation can cause more damage than provide any real benefits.
Don’t Forget to Moisturize
Much like with exfoliating, it’s important to use moisturizers that are suitable for your specific skin type. Those with oily skin should look for lotions with exfoliating properties instead of heavy creams. People with dry skin should do the opposite. Combination skin is harder to treat, but sticking to mild lotions and exfoliates is probably the best option, while those with normal skin can get away with using many of over-the-counter products. Taking the time to exfoliate and moisturize helps maintain skin’s youthful and supple appearance, minimize the appearance of lines, and postpone the onset of wrinkles.
At Merkaela, we take your skin very seriously, which is why we’ve dedicated so much time to creating products with the best-sourced ingredients. We strive to provide you with natural and chemical-free options that nourish and heal the skin, while making it smoother, clearer, and a lot more manageable.
Now you know the secret to fighting signs of aging, so go, exfoliate and moisturize right now – we’ll be here, waiting.