Dead skin cells accumulate on the skin’s surface over time. This happens because the epidermis, the outermost layer of the skin, undergoes constant renewal every 28 days as new skin cells form at the bottom of the epidermis.
As we age, the process of skin renewal slows down and oil production reduces. This causes the dead skin cells to build up without shedding fully. When dead skin cells don’t fully shed, they may lead to an accumulation of dead skin cells on the skin’s surface, causing the skin to become dull and irritated. In some cases, these dead skin cells can clog your pores, which can lead to formation of blackheads and acne.
For most of us, using ordinary facial wash is not enough to remove all the dry, dead skin that has accumulated over the months. If you feel that your skin is dull and lackluster, you may want to consider adding a facial scrub or exfoliant to your beauty regime.
Benefits of facial scrubs
How healthy your skin will depend largely on how clean and hydrated your skin is. By giving your skin some help to remove the dead skin cells, you are reducing the likelihood of clogged pores and acne breakout.
A facial scrub is helpful in keeping the skin cleaner and clearer. Facial scrubs are a convenient and easy way to restore the glow to the skin. A simple once-a-week exfoliation routine can improve the skin tone and chronic conditions like acne. However, if you have oily and acne-prone skin, you can exfoliate your skin twice a week.
Microbeads or nut shells
Microbeads are probably most commonly used in physical exfoliators. These tiny plastic beads are among beauty product manufacturers because they are very cheap and easy to produce. When these plastic microbeads get into the treatment plants, they pass through the filter as many treatment plants are not equipped to filter these beads.
When they get washed into the sea or ocean, these non-biodegradable beads stay in the sea for a very long time, harming sea life and destroying the environment.
The irony is that we think that these microbeads are good for our skin. Unfortunately, if these abrasive particles are not perfectly spherical in shape, they can cause tiny tears in the skin that may result in infection if bacteria and pollutants find their way into them.
Ophthalmologists have also seen an increase in the number of cases where microbeads injure the cornea when these microbeads get lodged under the eyelids when they wash their faces.
All is not lost for exfoliant lovers – although microbeads aren’t exactly good for your skin and the environment, there are plenty of great, biodegradable alternatives out there that can equally exfoliate your skin effectively.
Common natural exfoliants you can consider include rice, walnut shells, sugar, pecan shells, apricot seeds and coffee grounds. These natural, eco-friendly exfoliants are gentler on the skin. Their irregular edges are more effective in sloughing dead skin cells from your skin.
A prime example of a good physical exfoliant is Radium’s EverGlow Radiance Scrub. It contains tiny particles of finely ground pecan shells are suspended in a hydrating gel to create this environmentally friendly, gentle facial scrub to dislodge dead skin cells away without harming the skin. At the same time, the hydrating gel infuses and draws moisture into the skin.