What is Exfoliation?
Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. This process occurs naturally when old skin cells shed away to accommodate for new healthy cells. So why should you exfoliate if your skin is already doing the work for you?
Why You Should Exfoliate?
Sometimes, our skin needs a little assistance to be sure that new skin cells have a healthy foundation to preform better and ease certain skin problems. The rate at which your skin cells turnover, unfortunately, begins to dramatically decrease as you age. Skin cells may get stuck to the surface of your skin during the renewal process. These cells can accumulate and become thickened, creating a dull-uneven skin texture.
Over time dead skin cells trapped on the skin surface will clog the pores causing breakouts. Therefore, exfoliation should be an integral step of your home skincare routine. Exfoliation is what gives your skin a brighter, smoother, and healthier appearance. There are two categories when it comes to the methods of exfoliation: physical and chemical.
Physical exfoliation involves manual rubbing or scrubbing of the skin. This method is safe for most skin types and employs a skincare product like a cleansing scrub skincare product or facial brush to cause friction on the skin. The buffing or rubbing motion loosens, lifts and removes spent skin cells. Professional microexfoliation is a method of physical exfoliation, however you can perform physical exfoliation at home with products or devices.
Chemical exfoliation is a method that uses alpha hydroxy acids(AHAs), Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs), and natural fruit enzymes that breakdown and dissolve dead skin cells. This process, when done correctly, offers a more long-term improvement of the skin’s overall appearance. Professional acid peels and enzymes are well know chemical exfoliation methods generally included in more comprehensive skincare treatments.
How Often Should You Exfoliate
Exfoliating your skin will reveal noticeably smoother, brighter-looking skin, and that is something to get excited about but more isn’t always better. When done incorrectly or too often, physical, and chemical exfoliation may result in irritated, inflamed, and damaged skin. The key to having reliable results from at home exfoliation is to know your skin type, know what your skin needs are, and to be sensible about your home skincare regimen. I recommend incorporating an exfoliating method into your skincare routine between one to three times weekly. After exfoliating your skin, it is important to apply a serum or moisturizer to nourish and maintain new healthy skin cells. For a comprehensive evaluation of your skin, product suggestions, and a home skincare regimen, visit a professional esthetician skincare specialist.
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