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The benefits of exfoliating, and the key post-scrub steps for toned, glowing skin

The notion of taking care of your epidermis is nothing new, especially when it comes to exfoliating.

A practice favoured by the ancient Egyptians, the public bathing that would develop into the classic Middle Eastern hammam ritual features full body exfoliation with aKessaa glove to remove dead skin cells and leave skin feeling silky and smooth.

There are a variety of exfoliants on the market. Experts say that while the practice is beneficial, it’s a beauty step that needs to take into consideration skin type, age and skin condition, as well as different-strength products for the face and body.

What are the benefits?

Orsolya Matheisz, co-founder of Orskin Aesthetics Clinic, says whether using a body scrubber, loofah or cosmetic exfoliant, the exfoliating process is beneficial both by itself or as a step in a process that includes moisturizing and replenishing skin with oils and serums.

“With exfoliating, we can remove dead skin cells from the face and body,” she says. “Exfoliants allow your skin to absorb moisturizer better. They unclog pores, prevent ingrown hairs, increase circulation and increase cell turnover rate. Sometimes when the skin is dry, we may think it is because of lack of hydration; however, it can also be because the skin has not been exfoliated.”

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