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The Virtues of Exfoliating

A good anti-aging or pimple-fighting skin care routine is not complete without exfoliating – a term that refers to the removal of the dead skin cells that accumulate in the outer layer of the skin. There are different methods of exfoliating – mechanical scrubbing with a textured ingredient such as jojoba beads or by using a skin brush; chemical removal with alpha-hydroxy acids; or peeling off with face masks. Some gentle scrubs can be used daily but the more agressive methods, such as masks, should only be used once every 3 days to prevent inflammation.

There are several functions of exfoliation:

  • It keeps pores from getting clogged (i.e. pimples) by removing dead skin cells from the surface of the skin.
  • It makes skin smooth to create a healthy, youthful appearance.
  • It encourages faster cell turnover rate – a process that slows down with aging.
  • It helps other products penetrate skin more fully.
  • It stimulates blood flow.

Cocoon Apothecary has just introduced a gentle exfoliating facial cleanser that can be used daily. It is a cream cleanser with biodegradable jojoba bead granules. For more information or to purchase this product, visit our website.

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