You may be cleansing, toning, moisturising, and slathering on the sunscreen – but if you’re not exfoliating, your skin isn’t as healthy as it could be.
Exfoliation refers to the removal of the dead skin cells on the skin’s surface. It can be performed mechanically, by using abrasive scrubs on the skin or chemically, by use of products that contain special kinds of acids that dissolve and remove the dead skin cells without scrubbing.
Proper exfoliation removes the barrier of dead skin cells clogging the skin and uncovers fresh new cells below. This opens the way for moisturizing products to penetrate more deeply into the skin, which makes them more effective.
If you use a manual exfoliating scrub, choose one with smooth, round granules rather than jagged, rough particles to avoid injuring your skin. Be gentle with the scrub—a light touch is all you need to slough off the dead skin cells. Any more than that and you’re likely to irritate your skin. A regular (1-2x a week) exfoliating routine will leave your skin looking fresh and healthy.
Chemical exfoliation includes peels and masks that contain alpha or beta hydroxy acids provide a deep level of exfoliation which can be scheduled every 4-6 weeks depending on your skin condition and your doctor’s recommendation.
CAUTION: If you have sensitive skin, you may wish to look for more natural peels that contain fruit derived enzymes.
Call us for more information regarding manual and chemical exfoliation.