Jane Rose - September 2020
Exfoliating With Camel Milk
Are You An Over-Scrubber?
Have you ever tried a new face scrub or exfoliating tool, only to be left with a raw face just when you want to head out? Many of us over-scrub; over-exfoliating your skin can leave it red and cause it to peel or flake.
Peeling skin might make you think that you're seeing results and encourage you to exfoliate more. But it's really a sign that you need to reduce your exfoliating regime.
So, if you’ve ever asked Google "how do I exfoliate", I've written this blog is for you. I'll explain the basics of exfoliation and show how my CameLife products fit in.
What exactly is exfoliation?
It may seem obvious, but let’s just make sure we’re all clear on what exfoliation is. Exfoliation is a skincare technique that removes dead cells from the top layer of your skin.
By removing this layer of clutter from your skin, exfoliation helps brighten your complexion. It lets your skin-care products penetrate deeper into your skin, making them work better.
Exfoliation is especially helpful as we age and cell turnover slows down. It prevents your skin from looking dull, by keeping the process of cell regeneration moving along at a good speed.
Your Skin’s Life Cycle
During the average day, your skin will shed almost a million cells. These ‘keratinocytes’ are composed of the fibrous protein keratin and are formed at the base of the epidermis. They gradually move up through the skin until they reach the outer surface. Here, they die, forming the stratum corneum. The top cells in your stratum break away and fall off the skin, allowing new cells to push up from beneath. This is the natural life cycle of your skin.
Without the right skincare, dead cells don’t break away from the skin regularly enough to keep your skin looking healthy. They can collect in your pores, clogging them and causing blackheads and whiteheads, which pop up from under the surface of the skin. If bacteria then manage to enter the pore, these pimples can become inflamed, causing pustules, papules and even cysts. Removing the upper layers of dead skin regularly helps to reduce the risk of blocked pores and the resulting breakouts.
The Two Methods of Exfoliation
There are two methods of exfoliation; mechanical and chemical. Chemical exfoliation uses ingredients like to dissolve cells. Mechanical exfoliation uses a tool or face scrub to physically abrade away dead skin cells. Chemical exfoliation uses ingredients like alpha-hydroxy acids to dissolve dead cells.
CameLife’s cleansing range includes two products; our Facial Cleansing Bar and our Refining Facial Polish. The camel milk on which they are based contains lactic acid, a gentle alpha-hydroxy acid and chemical exfoliator.
Use the Facial Cleansing Bar morning and night and you will get a gentle chemical exfoliation as you cleanse. Enough to promote a healthy rhythm of shedding dead skin cells, without ever making your skin feel irritated.
Occasionally, your skin might need a bit more, which is where the mechanical action of our Refining Facial Polish comes in. We use crushed jojoba seeds to provide a gentle abrasive action; we do NOT use micro-beads. Seaweed extracts, wheatgerm oil and plantain all help to tone your skin, whilst the blend of essential oils which includes calendula, cinnamon and clove improve skin hydration, reduce inflammation and heal scarring, making it very suitable for use on acne affected skin.
How often should you exfoliate?
As a general rule, less is more; we are not trying to make your skin raw! The goal isn't to turn beetroot red or to feel a sting. Rather, you want to gently help along your body’s natural exfoliation process so that your face glows. As for specifics on how often you should exfoliate, it depends on your skin type.
For sensitive skin: Cleanse twice daily with your Facial Cleansing Bar. You probably want to avoid the Refining Facial Polish.
For oily skin: Your skin has a higher tolerance for mechanical exfoliation. Cleanse twice daily with your Facial Cleansing Bar and polish once or twice a week with your Refining Facial Polish
For normal to combination skin: Again, cleanse twice daily with your Facial Cleansing Bar, but exfoliate only when necessary with your Refining Facial Polish.
When Not To Exfoliate
If your skin is already irritated, it's best to avoid irritating it further with harsh exfoliants. Avoid mechanical exfoliation and only use a very mild chemical exfoliant like CameLife's Facial Cleansing Bar. Over exfoliating irritated skin can leave behind dark marks known as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
You should also avoid exfoliation when you have any kind of cut or open wound on your face, if you have a cold sore or other infection or if you're sunburned. If you have a chronic skin condition like Rosacea, only use the mildest of exfoliants. We recommend avoiding mechanical exfoliation.
If you do have skin health issue, CameLife’s The Original Camel Balm is your go to cream for managing inflammation, wounds and sores.
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