Exfoliation: Does it really make a difference?

by Suzanne M. Harvey

Updated 12/31/2023

You may be wondering if it really makes any difference to exfoliate your skin. Or is it just another gimmick to add another product you need to buy and drop in the bathroom cabinet, never to be seen or used. Good news it really helps and you will notice the difference right away. So YES, exfoliation really does make a difference!

You will see a difference in the appearance of your skin. And it is an important part of any skin care routine. It’s not just for those rough feet, elbows and knees. Your face needs exfoliation too (just keep it gently on that delicate face of yours). Here are four reasons why it is necessary to exfoliate from head to toe, throughout the year.

#1 – Exfoliation unclogs your pores

Clogged pores are the root cause of so many of our skin issues. They gather oil, dirt, make up and all kinds of yuck from the environment and wreak havoc on our skin. Exfoliation can help to get a deeper clean and keep those pores clear & fresh, reducing breakouts and irritation.

#2 – It helps other skin care products absorb into your skin

You’ve spent your hard earned money are great products. You want them to work their best. Exfoliation rids your skin of all the dead cells so that soft supple new skin is ready to absorb all the good products you are applying.

#3 – It evens out your skin tone

We all get splotchy & dry from time to time. A light exfoliation can help reveal that new skin and relieve those irritations. Giving you a beautiful even tone & glow.

#4 – Exfoliation increases cell turnover

This is the really the key to all of this. Exfoliation removes those dead skin cells increasing cell turnover revelaing beautiful new skin cells that glow.

So now that you know why you should exfolitate, here are few tips on finding the right exfoliator for you & your skin. My go to is a micrderm asbrasion paste. When looking for an exfoliating paste, look for a product that is a salt & sugar scrub that contains Vitamins A , C, D and E. And little to no fragrance. These added scents can irritate that newly revealed skin. An exfoliator removes dead skin cells on the top layer allowing younger, more vibrant cells to appear on the surface. Hello gorgeous glow!

Other products that can be a great exfoliator and due double duty are cleansers makeup removers & toners. Many cleansers have an added exfoliator bead that is gentle enough for every day use. Then you add your paste once or twice a week for the perfect combination. And toner is considered a chemical exfoliate – clearing away dead skin cells & prepping your skin for the other products to be applied. A combination of the right exfoliators will enhance the other skin care products you are using. It will give you brighter glowing skin and best of all it will leave your skin feeling silky smooth. Exfoliation can make a difference in your skin and make it beautiful all year round.

Cheers to younger acting beautiful skin,


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Suzanne Harvey

I am Suzanne Harvey, a woman of faith - boy mom – wife – entrepreneur – interior designer – skincare business owner – lover of music & bulldogs. Like you I wear lots of hats and juggle all the things. In all of that it is easy to lose sight of who we truly are, what truly matters to us and how to slow down to enjoy the beauty around us. Thanks for joining me on this adventure to find beauty in our everyday with encouragement, laughter, plus tips & ideas to help you find your own kind of beautiful.


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