Exfoliation – The Secret to Terrific Skin

by Jane Meggitt

Exfoliation Secret to Terrific Skin

You use quality cleansers, toners and moisturizers, and never go outdoors without sunscreen. You eat a healthy diet, take vitamins and drink plenty of water. Your skin looks good, but you know it could really glow. What have you left out of your skincare routine? Exfoliation – the secret to a radiant complexion.

Exfoliating

Regular exfoliation removes the dead skin cells on the surface of your face. The accumulation of dead skin cells in your pores leads to blockage and breakouts. It’s also harder for skin to properly absorb moisturizers and other products when there’s a layer of dead cells prohibiting entry. Once you include exfoliation as part of your skincare regimen, you’ll notice your skin tone appears more even. It literally starts reflecting light better, so your face looks brighter.

The Right Product

Finding the right exfoliation product for your skin is crucial. Those with dry skin need a different formula than people with combination or oily skin. Older individuals have different needs than young people. If your skin tends toward the dry, look for chemical exfoliants containing alpha-hydroxy-acids. Exfoliants made with beta-hydroxy-acids are usually better for people with oily skin. Both help combat the effects of aging.

AHA's generally originate from food products. These include:

  • Citric acid – citrus products
  • Glycolic acid – sugar cane
  • Lactic acid - milk
  • Malic acid – apples
  • Tartaric acid – grape wine

BHA’s are less strong than AHA’s. Probably the best-known BHA is salicylic acid, which is similar to aspirin. BHA’s help decrease oil and loosen blackheads.

Physical Exfoliants

In addition to using an AHA or BHA product, you might consider a physical exfoliant – basically a washcloth or loofah. It’s a great way to remove dead skin cells while you are taking a shower, and you can exfoliate your entire body. If your skin is sensitive, avoid using a physical exfoliant on your face.

Granular Exfoliants

Granular scrubs made from natural materials are time-tested exfoliants. Oatmeal, baking soda, rice, nuts and other ingredients are found in granular scrubs. Larger grain products are probably too harsh for sensitive skin, but most people benefit from fine-grained exfoliants. You simply wet your face, make a paste, scrub and rinse. Your pores look smaller and your skin feels smooth. Most granular exfoliants are too strong for daily use, unless you’re really sweaty and grimy during the summer. A good scrub two or three times a week does the trick for most folks.

Since you don’t want to overdo it, try chemical and granular exfoliants and see which type your skin prefers.

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about skin care, please feel free to schedule a consultation or contact one of our representatives today!

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Exfoliation – The Secret to Terrific Skin