You may be cleansing, moisturizing, and slathering on the sunscreen, however if you are not exfoliating, your skin may not be as healthy as it could be.
What is Exfoliation?
Exfoliation helps to remove dead skin cells from the skin’s surface. This process can be done by mechanical exfoliation or chemical exfoliation. Mechanical exfoliation uses abrasive scrubs on the skin whereas chemical exfoliation is achieved by using ingredients that contain special kinds of acids that dissolve and remove the dead skin cells without scrubbing.
Why is it important to Exfoliate?
As we age skin cell regeneration begins to slow down. When dead skin start to build up on the surface of the skin, it can leave skin looking and dry. It can also result in excess oil and clogged pores that lead to blemishes and acne.
With proper exfoliation dead skin cells can be removed to prevent clogging pores to reveal healthy looking skin. Exfoliation also helps products such as serums and moisturizers to be able to penetrate deeper into the skin to make them more effective.
Ways to Exfoliate?
The type of exfoliation depends on your skin type and your skin’s sensitivity. If you have extremely sensitive skin or severe acne, you will want to choose an exfoliating product that is gentle yet effective. Manual exfoliation on a regular basis, done once a week may be sufficient, while chemical exfoliation can be done by your dermatologist more intermittently.
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 to avoid irritating or damaging your skin.
If you choose chemical exfoliation, peels and masks that contain alpha or beta hydroxy acids, such as Glycolic and Salicylic acids respectively that provide a deeper exfoliation. If you have sensitive skin, you may consider using more natural exfoliant that contain fruit derived enzymes.
Be mindful not to over exfoliate the skin as it can leave your skin dry, irritated, and damaged. A fresh look is what you deserve!
For more information about our in-office exfoliating treatments or would like to schedule a consultation, please schedule an Online Appointment or call us at 310-473-1734.
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