Update on exfoliation

28 September 2018

Exfoliation is often a neglected stage of cleansing. It is for this reason that when you pay for treatments in a spa and you use exfoliating care, you feel light and clean as if you had rejuvenated 10 years.

This feeling of lightness is certainly not unrelated to the fact that the body is shedding about 500 billion dead cells, from its upper skin layer, daily. You read correctly: 500 BILLION CELLS DEAD PER DAY!

But what happens to our skin if we neglect to get rid of these unwanted cells? Know that in the long run, the accumulation of dead cells produces a thick layer that traps moisture and makes the skin dull and flaky.

Fortunately, a little discipline can overcome dull skin. Regular exfoliation helps the body get rid of dead cells and reveals a new layer of pinker skin.

In addition to ridding the skin of dead cells, exfoliation also helps to stimulate blood circulation throughout the body. It also helps loosen ingrown hairs and get rid of dirt and oil.

Interestingly, as we get older, dead cells take longer to reach the surface of the epidermis and become discarded. Exfoliation becomes a ritual whose importance grows with age.

Exfoliation and pollution?

Now that the importance of properly exfoliating the skin is clearly demonstrated, what about the choice of exfoliant? It must be known that it is thanks to the abrasive action of the microbeads contained in the exfoliator that it manages to purify the skin, release it from its black spots and its dead skin, as well as to chase excess of oil.

However, the microbeads used in cosmetics are not all equal in terms of quality. Pointed out as an environmental plague, plastic microbeads really do not have the edge anymore.

The fact is that up to 2.8 million plastic microbeads can be found in a 150 ml bottle of skin exfoliator. To push further, they would average 8,000 billion to find a daily niche in lakes, rivers and oceans.

Needless to say, by using them to clean your skin, it contaminates streams and is a real danger to aquatic species. It is a real paradox. So what to do?


Choose your exfoliant

It has been a long time since the concern for the environment is at the top of the list at Bioterra. This is why plastic microbeads have never had their place in our range of exfoliants.

Since all the answers are in nature, the chemists at Bioterra turned to it to find an abrasive compound to include in their exfoliants.

For its Facial Exfoliating Gel, it is all natural jojoba beads that have been used. Named jojoba aesthetics, these microbeads have noticeable advantages over plastic microbeads. First, they are biodegradable and do not harm marine life. Secondly, in terms of cosmetics, they have the advantage of having a smooth periphery. This means that their use does not cause microscopic rips on our beautiful, fresh skin.

As for the Exfoliating Body Cream, walnut shells in powder form were retained in the manufacturing process. Why? These shells, which act as microbeads, have a less smooth periphery than the jojoba-like ones. This has the advantage of increasing the effectiveness of abrasion on areas of the body that are more hardened, especially because of the constant friction of clothing and shoes.

In addition, black walnut also has tonic, nutritive and softening properties for the skin. In short, these microbeads from nature provide a nice combination of benefits during body exfoliation.

For those who want hyper-effective results without abrasive effects, Gentle Exfoliating Body Gel (it can also be used for the face!) Is a must. The action of this exfoliant is, in turn, caused by glycolic acid. This is an exfoliation, called chemical, extracted from sugar cane.


Good-looking effect insured

So this is it! To each his exfoliant! Just remember that including an exfoliating treatment in your routine will create a healthy glow. If only to get rid of these 500 billion dead cells. It’s worth two minutes, right?

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