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- 13 May - 19 May, 2023
What are the main benefits of exfoliating your face?
There are a plethora of benefits to regular exfoliation for all skin types. For those prone to blemishes and clogged pores, exfoliation should be the main focus of your routine. There are a few different types of exfoliants, but for these acne-prone skin types, we recommend using a chemical exfoliant formulated with beta hydroxy acid, which will work to reduce bacteria on the skin while exfoliating and cleaning clogged pores. Exfoliation is important for anti-aging as well. For those concerned about wrinkles, as you increase your exfoliation, you are tricking the skin into acting young again. Retinoic acid and retinol are special types of exfoliants that work particularly well within deeper layers of the skin. With continued use, skin will look younger and smoother each day. Plus, for all skin types, exfoliation simply gives the face an instant glow, both by clearing away the dead skin cells that cause dullness and by allowing your other anti-aging products to penetrate the skin more effectively.
Should I be using olive oil for my skin?
It's true – using olive oil for your skin hosts a slew of benefits. Olive oil contains antioxidants that fight free-radical damage, as well as an ingredient called squalene, which is extremely hydrating. It's been used on skin since ancient times. From using it in the hair to using it on the eyebrows, olive oil isn't new to the beauty industry. Olive oil’s main benefit is to moisturise the skin by reducing water loss. This moisturisation increases the water content of the skin, improving its health and appearance. Olive oil's antioxidant properties also protect skin cells against environmental damage and inflammation. Apart from that, olive oil is rich in vitamins A, D, K and E. These can aid with decreasing oxidative stress on the skin (which could lead to accelerated skin aging).
Vitamin K claims to reduce dark circles, is that true?
Vitamin K promotes cellular metabolism and has anti-inflammatory properties, it promotes wound healing by increasing wound contraction and re-epithelialisation, and may have some antioxidant properties. Its role in blood-clotting may also make it beneficial for helping to minimise dark under-eye circles. Given that in topical preparations it's most often found in creams targeting dark circles, it's most worth a try for those who want to brighten the under-eye area.