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Exfoliating: How To, Dos & Don'ts

Exfoliation is a beautiful, wonderful process that I look forward to every single day. I use my Soniclear Petite cleansing brush daily, and I use my Peppermint Walnut scrub sometimes 2x a week.

I truly love exfoliating and it has made all the difference in my skin.

But why don't some people have the same benefits? Why doesn't everyone enjoy exfoliation as much as I do?

First, let's get a better understanding of the purpose of exfoliation, and then we will dig into how to exfoliate, and why some people may not like it.

Why exfoliate?

As we age, the rate of collagen that we produce begins to slow down. But the action of exfoliation creates a mild trauma in the skin (similar technique in microneedling, although to a lesser extent). This increases the formation of new tissue by activating the body’s wound healing cascade (hemostasis-inflammation-proliferation-tissue remodeling). Quite literally this action kick-starts your collagen production. This in turn activates the fibroblasts, so even more elastin and collagen is synthesised in the dermis.

In technical terms, when your skin is injured even in small, miniscule ways, histamine is released by mast cells. This action then triggers an inflammatory response in which blood plasma, which contains nutrients, oxygen and macr