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Chapped lips, cracked heels, peeling skin on palms, and dry, flaky skin in general are all a result of low levels of moisture during the chilly months. So you load up on the moisturiser and yet see no difference? Maybe you are forgetting an essential step, i.e. exfoliation.
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Why exfoliate?
Your skin cells get dehydrated and hence die faster when you switch between the breezy weather outside and the dry temperature indoors. You need to slough off these dead skin cells to make way for new, healthy cells—which is where exfoliation comes to play.
Wondering why your moisturiser is not doing a good job of keeping dryness at bay? It’s because the dead skin cells are preventing your moisturiser to penetrate through to the layers of live cells.
The pores on your skin are blocked which makes you break out often. Blackheads, whiteheads, pimples and zits are all sure shot signs of dead skin-cells blocking your pores.
How often should you exfoliate?
It is absolutely imperative to exfoliate at least once a week. You don’t need to go overboard and exfoliate any more than that. Too much of a good thing you know. Over-exfoliating will only lead to extremely dry and irritated skin, so avoid that.
How should you exfoliate?
While walnut scrubs do a good job of exfoliating your skin, we would recommend you avoid using apricot scrubs which are harsher. They might make your skin feel smoother and cleaner but can inflame acne-prone skin since they are that abrasive. Avoid using salt scrubs too. They are equally abrasive and cause more harm than good. Go for an exfoliator that has alpha hydroxyl acid or beta hydroxyl acid instead. They are milder, slough off dead cells effectively and have anti-ageing and pore-cleansing properties. That’s a win-win situation.

Written By : Bushra S Khan

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