Exfoliation is a term that refers to the removal of the top layer of dead skin. The skin has 3 major layers the epidermis, the outermost layer of skin that form the outer most barrier to the body, the dermis, beneath the epidermis, consisting of connective tissue, hair follicles, and sweat glands. The deepest layer is the hypodermis or subcutaneous layer consisting of fat and connective tissue. Exfoliation works on the outer most layer the dermis. Removal of dead skin allows brighter fresh skin to be revealed. Blood is closer to the surface giving a glow to the skin. The scrubbing action of exfoliation also polishes or smoothes the skin.
WHAT TO EXPECT
There are many forms of exfoliation one extreme form uses scrubbing brushes this often used in old fashioned bath houses or Turkish baths. A gentler approach is the use of a past with granules that break down the skins surface. Gentle exfoliants are wheat germ and oats harsh exfoliants include apricot kernel or salt /sugar scrubs.
Clearer, softer, glowing skin.
The action may be unpleasant or at the other extreme ineffective. Scratching or bursting of capillaries may occur particularly of the face.