"Don't exfoliate your skin, you won't get a tan...", "Why are you going to use a body scrub if you're going to sunbathe later?" Surely they have told you more than once, right? Well, dear friend, I'm happy to tell you that no, exfoliation does not remove your tan! Do you want to know why? Attentive!
Exfoliation consists of the elimination of dead cells that accumulate in the epidermis (outer layer of the skin) and clog the hair pores of the skin, preventing them from getting rid of impurities and bacteria . That is why exfoliation helps skin renewal and prevents acne breakouts and the creation of blackheads (both on the face and body).
On the other hand, it is important to keep in mind that the scrub you use must be different depending on the area ; that is to say, that the size of the grain must be different, since the
However, it is essential that you know that a good body scrub does not remove the tan. Although it is popularly believed that it is, the truth is that it does not make any sense, since, on the one hand, tanning is a consequence of melanocytes that are full of pigment ( melanin ) and that protect our skin from oxidative stress and aging . premature (consequence of free radicals in the skin ). Therefore, tanning acts on cells that are alive in our epidermis . With exfoliation, the opposite happens, since it acts on the cells that have already been detached from the upper layer of the skin , so the cell renewal cycle has already ended .
However, it is undeniable that exfoliation does have something to do with sunbathing ... And it favors an even, intense and long-lasting tan ! This happens thanks to the fact that by exfoliating the skin before exposing yourself to UV rays , we eliminate dead cells and stimulate our body 's blood circulation ( as long as we do it smoothly and upwards).
In this way, the UV rays directly affect the new cells , which will maintain their tanned color until they are shed from the skin . However, keep in mind that it is essential to sunbathe with sunscreen , since by exfoliating the skin and removing dead cells , the skin is somewhat "thin" or "sensitive" .
If until now you did not exfoliate your skin before sunbathing to get a tan , what do you think if you put it into practice this summer ? He