Exfoliating is one of the best ways to attain a more radiant and youthful-looking skin. Exfoliation is simple the process of removing dead skin cells from the skin’s surface. It is advised to exfoliate since dead skin cells usually remain on the surface of the skin leaving it looking rough and causing different problems like blackheads and pimples because of clogged pores. This leads us to the question if exfoliators are really a necessity or if it is just a luxury. There are many different exfoliators in the market today with a very wide price range.
Are the Best Exfoliators Expensive?
Well, it is a fact that the best exfoliators are usually expensive. However, there are also exfoliating products that are affordable. Also, there is always an option to go the natural route using lemon juice and some salt or sugar crystals. Thus, exfoliators are not necessarily a luxury that only some people can afford.
The Lemon Juice and Sugar/Salt Exfoliator
If you can’t afford a good exfoliating product, you can just opt to use some lemon juice and salt/sugar crystals. It is very simple, just moisten a cotton pad with some lemon juice, add some salt/sugar crystal and rub it on the desired exfoliation area for about a minute. The lemon juice contains citric acid which helps break down the protein in the dead skin cells thus making it easy to be removed. The sugar or salt crystals on the other hand help with the mechanical removal of the dead skin cells acting like sandpaper.
The Importance of Exfoliation
According to research, exfoliating the skin is one of the best ways to have beautiful and radiant skin. Also, it is known to resolve several skin issues such as blemishes, post-breakout dark marks, clogged pores, hyperpigmentation, dry skin, etc. For best results, it is advisable to only use the best exfoliators which are usually on the expensive side. However, if budget is an issue then the homemade exfoliator stated above can be used instead.
So, getting back to the question, are exfoliators a luxury or a necessity? The answer is a little complicated. This is because exfoliation products are accessible to everyone and not just people who have a lot of money. Also, it is not a necessity since some people can get away with not exfoliating and still have beautiful and radiant skin. However, for some people, exfoliators are a necessity in order to have radiant and youthful-looking skin. No matter what, the golden rule is never to exfoliate your skin too often as this can cause skin damage. Over exfoliating stimulates sebum which causes skin dehydration. Acne prone skin or oily skin must be exfoliated more than 2x a week. Dry skin or sensitive skin must be exfoliated once or twice a month.