Reasons To Exfoliate
Do you consider exfoliating a little luxury? Do you only exfoliate on special occasions or when you are feeling extra girly? There are a lot of reasons why you should see exfoliating as a regular part of your skin and body care routine. And those reasons aren’t all about how your skin feels. There is a lot more to it than that. Give me a few moments of your time and by the end of reading this, I will be surprised if you are not inspired to immediately exfoliate.
What Does Exfoliate Mean?
Exfoliating is removing the upper-most dead layer of skin so that your living skin cells can receive moisture and nutrition from the products you put on it. If you are trying to moisturize dry skin and you don’t exfoliate on a regular basis, you are wasting both time and money. Dead skin cannot be moisturized. It’s dead!
Doesn’t Our Skin Naturally Shed The Dead Layers?
Well, yes, of course it does. However, it is a slow and ongoing process. Unlike a snake that tends to shed much of its dead skin in one long piece, our skin cells shed little by little at a time. Most of the time, your shedding dead skin while newer skin is in the process of dying. Without exfoliating, your are often left with a dull layer of dying skin and shedding skin. This leaves little new, healthy skin that can breathe and absorb nutrients.
We Can’t Really Shed That Much!
Are you ready to be shocked? Check out this excerpt from an online article by Ed Grabianowski on How Stuff Works…
“If you’re wondering exactly how many skin cells fall off, get ready for some staggering numbers. Scientists estimate that the human body is made up of around 10 trillion cells in total. Your skin makes up about 16 percent of your body weight, which means you have roughly 1.6 trillion skin cells.
Of course, this estimate can vary tremendously according to a person’s size. The important thing is that you have a lot of skin cells. Of those billions of skin cells, between 30,000 and 40,000 of them fall off every hour. Over a 24-hour period, you lose almost a million skin cells.”
Where Does It All Go?
Now that you have been appropriately shocked by how much dead skin we shed on a regular basis, are you ready to find out where it all ends up? This may gross you out, so be prepared. Grabianowski continues the article by telling you exactly where all of your dead skin ends up. Before you read on, keep in mind that this applies to EVERY person and animal in your household. That is a lot of dead skin and a lot of… DUST MITES:
“Where do they all go? The dust that collects on your tables, TV, windowsills and on those picture frames that are so hard to get clean is made mostly from dead human skin cells. In other words, your house is filled with former bits of yourself. In one year, you’ll shed more than 8 pounds (3.6 kilograms) of dead skin. It gets even grosser: Your house is also filled with trillions of microscopic life forms called dust mites that eat your old dead skin.”
Are Dust Mites A Problem?
Tons of little bugs eating your tons of dead skin. Yeah, that is pretty gross! What is worse is that they can affect your health. If you have allergies, asthma, or other breathing issues, dust mites are a VERY COMMON cause of worsening symptoms.
Remember how I mentioned that exfoliating isn’t just about how your skin feels? Well, here you have it. Allowing your body to naturally exfoliate, instead of using a product to exfoliate, can actually make you sick, your family sick, your baby sick, your pets sick, etc.
Clean, Clean, Clean!
If you are anything like me, you hate dusting! I think dusting is one of the most boring, monotonous cleaning tasks possible. However, it has to get done. One of the best ways to eliminate allergic and asthmatic reactions to dust mites from dead skin is to, you guessed it, get rid of the dead skin! It is extremely important that you dust with a damp cloth on a regular basis. If you have animals living with you, vacuuming where they like to sleep are relax is also important, as well as brushing and bathing them regularly. Another important step is to wash your bedding. Dust mites love the warm of your bed just as much as you do. In fact, a lung specialist (pulmonologist) will tell you that many asthmatics have worsening symptoms at night because of the dust mites in their pillows and mattresses. How do I know this? Because I have asthma and allergies. Another great option out there are pillow and mattress casings made specifically to keep out dust mites. You can find them at any local, big box type, shopping center.
Of course, as the title of this blog implies, the best way to avoid dust mites and breathing problems in the first place is to exfoliate your skin. Isn’t it better to gently rub off the dead layers of skin with a yummy smelling scrub then wash it all down the drain BEFORE it gets all over your house and starts feeding the little critters (dust mites)? Of course it is! Exfoliating takes little time to do and should be done once to twice a week.
One of the benefits of exfoliating is fresh, radiant, glowing skin. This is exactly the kind of skin that can absorb all the goodness you put on it, like moisturizers. That is why exfoliating scrubs and washes tend to have healthy oils in them. It is the perfect time to nourish your skin as new, healthy layers are being uncovered. It is also why we use only essential oils instead of fragrance oils in our products.
You Tell Me
Did you know how much dead skin you shed every day? How about the fact that it becomes dust that feeds dust mites? Did I inspire you to hop in the shower and scrub all of that dead skin away? I sure hope so! Whether you use our products (which of course we highly suggest) or another product, for your health and the health of your family, EXFOLIATE TODAY!!!
- Treating Dry Skin: Exfoliation to Remove Dead Skin (dailyglow.com)
- Top 5 Airborne Allergy Triggers (livingwithallergy.wordpress.com)
- Did You Know You’re Not Sleeping Alone? (miami.cbslocal.com)