All About Skin Exfoliant takes a closer look at the importance of exfoliating the skin and the different types that work best on the skin.
All About Skin…Exfoliant.
Exfoliants are mechanical or chemical products or processes used to exfoliate the skin or peel off the outer layer of the skin. Exfoliants help to remove the dead epidermal cells of the skin. A mechanical exfoliation is a method of physically rubbing dead cells off of the skin. An example of mechanical exfoliation would be granular scrubs or treatments that use a brush machine. A chemical exfoliation is where a type of chemical agent is used to dissolve the ‘glue’ that holds the dead skin cells together. An example of chemical exfoliation would be an enzyme peels such as a pumpkin peel. Other examples of chemical exfoliation that you may be familiar with are glycolic, lactic, and salicylic peels.
- Smoother and softer skin texture
- Cleaner follicle openings
- Deep pore cleansing
- Easier extractions…unclogging blocked pores
- Increased cell turn-over rate…bringing new cells to the surface
- Improves the skin’s ability to retain moisture and lipids
- Improved product penetration and delivery of ingredients into the epidermis
- Stimulates blood flow and circulation
- Smoother make-up application
Exfoliants are so awesome because they help improve oily skin, clogged skin with blackhead, whiteheads, and minor acne breakouts. If you have dry skin or flaky dehydrated skin, then this is the product that you need to add to your weekly regimen. It will also help improve the appearance of dull and lifeless-looking skin as well as lighten dark spots (hyperpigmentation) on the skin.
How to use…
An aggressive scrub or exfoliant should only be used once a week, but a milder or gentle exfoliant should be okay for daily usage.
Any chemical exfoliation should be performed by a professional who can also recommend any milder peel for at home use. When dealing with chemical peels there are different levels…there are over the counter mild peels with a low level that anyone can purchase. Then there is the professional strength that can only be purchased by a person that holds a state license. And lastly, there is the medical strength, which can only be purchased and applied by a medical professional such as a doctor, dermatologist, registered nurse, or nurse practitioner. A medical grade peel will usually have some downtime or at home recovery time.
*Remember…Depending on the goal that you are trying to accomplish with your skin, would be the recommended level of peel that you will need. My advice always begin with the lowest level first because you can always work your way up and build your skin tolerance to handle stronger chemical exfoliants.
If you have NEVER had a chemical exfoliant of any kind before you may want to begin with an enzyme (pumpkin) peel.
So if you are not using any type of exfoliant…try adding it to your skin care routine at least once a week. Why not make it a spa day!
See you tomorrow when we talk all about Masque or Masks.
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