October 09, 2021

The benefits of exfoliation & why it is important

By D R
The low-down on exfoliation

So, you have your skincare routine down-pat, cleansing, moisturising, and sunscreen-ing to achieve gorgeous, healthy, bright, moisturised skin - but babe, if you’re not regularly exfoliating, your skin isn’t as healthy as it could be.

There’s just something about exfoliating that feels so amazing and refreshing – I know you know what I’m talking about – and it almost immediately makes your skin look and feel better. We dive into the deep deets below about what exfoliating is and why you should be doing it regularly. Read on for envy-worthy skin!

What is exfoliation?

Basically, exfoliating is removing the top layer of dead skin cells (ick) to make room for healthy new growth. A good way to think about exfoliation is as a natural process that happens to your skin over time, where every 30-40 days the old cells break down to reveal a fresh new layer of skin (how frickin amazing are our bodies?!).

As we get older this process slows down and can take up to 90 days, leaving cells to begin gathering unevenly on the skin’s surface and ultimately resulting in dry patches and lacklustre appearance - this is where our skin needs a lil helping hand! Exfoliating mimics the skin’s youthful turnover process to speed up the renewal and refresh your skin’s appearance.

The benefits

We’re not even kidding when we say we could talk about the benefits of exfoliation until the cows came home but 1) we know you have better things to do and 2) we have compiled six of the main benefits below so we won’t have to!

1. Improves your complexion from dull to bright, vibrant and smooth, improving overall skin texture and colour (um, yes please!).

2. Stimulates blood flow and helps flush out toxins, resulting in reducing the appearance of cellulite and leaving you with a gorgeous all over glow (no golden hour needed).

3. Booty Lab By D scrubs include moisturising ingredients (such as shea butter) that helps your skin retain its moisture and leaves it soft, hydrated and smooth (exfoliating also helps the skin absorb other products you apply after such as body oils and moisturisers).

4. Helps improve acne by removing dead skin build-up and flushing out blocked and clogged pores. Back-ne and bum-ne begone!

5. Reduces ingrown hairs - removing the dead skin helps the hair to reach the surface and not grown back down into the skin, avoiding those ugly and painful little angry red bumps that we all know and hate.

6. Stimulates collagen synthesis which improves the skin’s texture and integrity, resulting in plump, tight and young-looking skin (read: anti-ageing benefits!).

How often should I exfoliate?

Okay, time to get down to the nitty gritty. There really is no one-case-fits-all answer as to how often you should exfoliate - you need to listen to your skin! It’s important to monitor how your skin reacts to exfoliating and adjust accordingly.

We know that exfoliating is addicting and can feel ah-mazing and super satisfying - but beware! In the hopes of achieving glorious skin it is easy to overdo it. Over- exfoliating strips the skin of its natural oils, leading to moisture loss, sensitivity, dryness, breakouts and irritation (boooo!) - so always listen to your skin. If you do experience any of the above, consider easing up for a while before slowly reintroducing it back into your routine.

As a guideline, if you have normal or combo skin exfoliating twice a week is plenty. For more sensitive skin, you may want to take it easy and only exfoliate once weekly. It’s important to choose an exfoliating product and method carefully for sensitive skin - testing products on a small patch of your inner arm can help gauge your skin’s tolerance.

Babe, you’re now ready to add exfoliation to your weekly routine! Booty Lab By D scrubs are more than just your average scrub - packed with nutrient-rich ingredients, they’re basically a multi-vitamin for your skin (our shimmer scrubs will even leave you gorgeously sparkly)! Did we mention that they smell incredible?