By Abby Vinas
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What Is A Vegan Exfoliator?
Exfoliation is often included in our tips for healthy skin, and for good reason. New to exfoliation? Let's start with answering the question of "What does exfoliation do?" Simply put, a vegan exfoliator helps shed dead skin cells, which can accumulate and clog your pores, ultimately causing breakouts. Dead skin cells can also leave you with a dull, uneven skin tone and texture, so exfoliating your skin on a regular basis helps clear your pores of all that buildup to reveal softer, smoother, brighter skin. The cherry on top? Exfoliating allows for better absorption of skincare products as well as better, smoother application of makeup.
Why Are Vegan Exfoliators Better?
A big part of living a healthy lifestyle is using healthy skincare products. Many products currently on the market contain harsh chemicals and toxins that threaten your skin’s health. If you want to stop putting gunk on your face, it’s time to rethink your routine and switch to vegan skincare, from your cleanser to moisturizer and everything in between.
Not only are vegan exfoliators free from animal-derived ingredients, but they’re also free from parabens, sulfates, phthalates, and artificial fragrances. As a result, they’re generally gentler on the skin plus they help you achieve glowing skin the right way. Vegan exfoliators are also plant-based so they’re less likely to cause adverse reactions.
How You Should Exfoliate
Exfoliation is an essential part of your skincare routine that can easily be done in the comfort of your own home, but it’s important to do it the right way. To make sure you aren’t compromising your skin’s health, do your best to follow safe exfoliating practices and to always read product labels to ensure you’re using your exfoliator correctly. If using a physical exfoliator, avoid rubbing too hard so you don’t cause micro-tears in your skin or disrupt its natural protective barrier.
In terms of frequency, how often you exfoliate will depend on your skin type. Don’t overdo it -- exfoliating more often than needed may damage your skin rather than help it! Those with sensitive or dry skin should stick to exfoliating just once a week to avoid the signs of over-exfoliation, which include further dryness, flakiness, redness, and irritation. Those with acne-prone or oily skin could exfoliate up to three times a week to help unclog pores and keep them clear of any acne-causing bacteria and buildup.
Don't Forget About Your Body
We tend to pay more attention to the skin on our faces, but our body needs some exfoliating, too! Buff your body using a vegan body wash or body scrub containing good-for-you ingredients like refreshing citrus, chamomile, and apple. For breakouts, look for a body wash containing salicylic acid, which can also be used to exfoliate and remove pore-clogging impurities from skin on the body.
Keep in mind that many conventional body exfoliators contain plastic beads that damage the environment. These tiny plastic beads are designed to help scrub away dead skin cells but microplastics such as these make their way into the ocean and contaminate our waters. Reduce your carbon footprint by opting for a vegan body wash made with biodegradable exfoliants such as jojoba granules. These granules massage and exfoliate the skin, while slowly dissolving as they’re rubbed into the skin.
A Juicy Citrus Treat!
Indulge your body in a lathery, bubbly treat that’ll leave you feeling oh so fresh and clean. Drench yourself with botanicals while washing away ick, revealing beautifully balanced, silky smooth skin.Lather Up
Abby Vinas has long been an active member of the holistic health community, advocating in favor of its benefits to both our physical and emotional well-being. Her commitment to leading a healthy lifestyle has made her an authority on self-care practices. Abby is passionate about fitness, nutrition, and proper skincare, and is also an avid lover of avocado toast and dog-petting.