If you do any form of hair removal, you will probably be familiar with ingrown hairs. They are formed when hair gets trapped under dead skin cells and is unable to break through the surface. This usually causes inflammation and discomfort, not to mention it's unsightly.
Whether you shave, wax, use a hair removal cream or get laser, you are usually advised by professional beauticians to conduct some form of manual exfoliation. This can be done wet, with a coffee or sugar scrub, a loofah or exfoliating gloves. It can also be done with a dry body brush.
However, sometimes this isn't enough. If you follow this regime and exfoliate about twice a week, you may still find yourself with ingrown hairs. This is because it can be easy for you to miss small areas when you manually rub the area, especially in the shower. Sometimes you may also forget to exfoliate often enough.
Whatever the reason, there is an additional option, which is chemical exfoliation. Chemical exfoliation refers to the chemical process that occurs. This process can also be instigated by natural ingredients in skincare, such as salicylic acid.
During chemical exfoliation, dead skin cells are dissolved by the acid component of the product. Usually alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) or beta hydroxy acids (BHA) are required for this process. Salicylic acid is a BHA and is oil-soluble, allowing it to penetrate deeply to dissolve dead skin cells. It's a very common ingredient in acne treatment products, but is used in a low concentration in 'Kini Oil. This makes it gentle and safe enough for frequent use, but still delivers powerful results.
Exfoliation is also really important for the face and décolletage. I personally like to get a full body scrub at a spa regularly. Exfoliation and adequate hydration help to keep your skin in tip-top condition all year round. If you use lots of make-up and skincare products that clog your pores (which is most of them) and fail to exfoliate regularly, you will notice congestion build up in these areas. Congestion is felt most easily when your face is wet and you're applying cleanser; if it feels bumpy, that means there is congestion build-up. Congestion consists of blackheads, whiteheads and can also cause pimples (acne), although acne can also be hormonal. More on that in another post.
I recently tested the effects of the above by not getting my usual microdermabrasion facial (a form of manual/mechanical exfoliation) on my face for several months. Slowly but surely, the congestion started appearing. I also started using make-up down my jawline and onto my neck (which I never used to do) and congestion started appearing in these areas. I then did microdermabrasion once a month for three months and used 'Kini Oil twice a day on my face, and the congestion literally disappeared.
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