How Do You Exfoliate Your Scalp?
Many women feel reborn in their 40s and beyond, and exfoliation can bolster that renewed energy feeling. After all, through exfoliation, we literally buff away dead skin cells while making room for new ones to shine.
This renewal-through-scrubbing has become a perpetual component of our face and body’s daily or weekly skincare regimen. Nevertheless, many of us forget that the scalp that anchors our hair is made of skin, too.
Overlooking your scalp can be easy to do since it is primarily covered in hair; however, the consequences are highly visible: clogged follicles, dull hair, flaky, itchy skin. Conversely, consistent scalp exfoliation is the genesis of a head full of thriving, lustrous hair.
Read on to learn how you exfoliate your scalp and experience the stunning hair benefits that accompany it.
Why Should You Exfoliate?
Exfoliation is essential for keeping your scalp and hair in peak condition. Exfoliation removes scalp buildup, allowing your natural sebum to keep your hair and scalp healthy and nourished. Sebum production slows as you age. Exfoliation frees up this beneficial secretion, allowing it to protect and nourish your strands’ mid-lengths and ends.
Even though your body naturally replaces dead skin cells with new ones, you periodically need to help the process.
Two Ways to Exfoliate
Ensure that you exfoliate safely to avoid harming your skin. Your skin type exfoliation method should determine how often you exfoliate. Over-exfoliating could lead to red and irritated skin.
There are two primary means of exfoliating your scalp at home, mechanical or chemical methods.
Mechanical Exfoliant Scrubs
Mechanical exfoliation involves physically scrubbing dead skin cells off the surface of your scalp using a sponge, brush, or other tools.
Mechanical exfoliants may contain a coarse ingredient like sea salt or grains. When rubbed into your scalp, these rough particles loosen and remove dead cells that have not fallen off on their own.
Alternatively, some cleansing agents act as exfoliants through the use of an applicator brush. By massaging the bristles over your scalp while applying the cleanser, you buff away stubborn buildup and free your follicles.
Chemical Exfoliant Peels
A chemical peel is what many people call different types of exfoliation using enzymes or chemicals.
This scalp exfoliation method utilizes chemicals to disrupt the molecular bonds holding dead skin cells and buildup in place. Active ingredients including enzymes, alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) chemically loosen the links, dissolving or washing away impurities and other unwanted materials.
AHAs are usually derived from fruit acids and include citric and lactic acid. BHAs work on your skin’s surface and can penetrate your pores. AHAs and BHAs slough off the top skin layers, breaking the molecular bonds and revealing your beautifully revitalized skin.
Some exfoliants peel without friction, and others scrub without chemicals. Better Not Younger’s New Dawn Activated Charcoal Scalp Cleanser provides you with superior exfoliating results using both mechanical and chemical processes in one streamlined product.
Achieve Superior Results with BNY’s New Dawn Scalp Cleanser
The scalp plays a crucial part in preparing hair before it emerges. Ample blood circulation is required to transport vital nutrients to your follicles, and scarcity will result in a poor hair structure. Oxidative stress can affect your scalp and harm your undeveloped strands. Oxidative stress accelerates aging and leads to hair loss.
Use New Dawn Activated Charcoal Scalp Cleanser once a week to detoxify, restore, and reset the skin on your scalp, paving the way for healthy, radiant hair. New Dawn was conceived for all hair types to restore strand resilience to women 40 and up — stimulating your scalp and unclogging pores for healthy hair.
Activated charcoal with nourishing vitamins and argan oil work together to deep clean your scalp from excess oils, dirt, and debris. A built-in massaging applicator brush removes dead skin cells, stimulates blood flow, and massages your scalp with potent ingredients including:
- Lactic Acid – Lactic acid exfoliates the top layer of sensitive scalp skin, freeing clogged follicles, and dissolving residue buildup around blocked pores.
- Birch Extract – Birch bark extract is rich in Vitamins A, B1, B2, and C, has healing and cleansing properties, and is a powerful non-drying astringent.
- Menthyl Lactate – Derived from menthol, Menthyl lactate incorporates cooling and soothing properties to alleviate irritation and re-energize your skin and scalp.
- Activated charcoal — Activated charcoal is exceptionally absorbent and has particles with large surface areas to draw out dirt and grime from your pores.
- Vitamin E (Tocopheryl Acetate) — Tocopheryl acetate vitamin E is a natural skin conditioner and a powerful antioxidant that can arrest free radicals in their tracks. It also helps your scalp retain moisture by shoring up your skin’s barrier function.
For unsurpassed skin and hair health, consider the ingredients left out of your scalp cleanser. New Dawn does not include parabens, sulfates, phthalates, formaldehyde, formaldehyde-releasing agents, mineral oils, coal tar, hydroquinone, triclocarban, or oxybenzone.
Steps to Exfoliate Your Scalp
To encourage skin-cell turnover and uncover fresh, new skin, exfoliate by using Better Not Younger’s New Dawn Charcoal Activated Scalp Cleanser and following these steps:
- Wet your hair thoroughly with lukewarm water. (Hot water can lead to frizzy, dry hair).
- Twist open the tube and squeeze until the cleanser emerges in the center of the built-in silicone applicator brush.
- Gently run the applicator brush over your scalp one section at a time — this serves to spread the cleanser while exfoliating your scalp.
- Once you have your head covered in New Dawn cleanser, use your fingertips to massage it evenly throughout your scalp.
- Rinse thoroughly and follow with shampoo and then Better Not Younger Hair Redemption Restorative Butter Masque.
Renew and Re-Energize Your Scalp with Better Not Younger
Healthy hair begins in your scalp. Like your face, your scalp needs regular renewal to maintain moisture balance and proper follicle function. Exfoliation rids your scalp of gunk and grime, allowing it to generate lush, vibrant locks.