Roll back the years with exfoliation!
You may be cleansing, moisturizing and slathering on the sunscreen – but if you’re not exfoliating, your skin isn’t as healthy and glowing as it could be. Exfoliation is a necessary and beneficial step in skin treatment. Credit is given to the ancient Egyptians for the practice of exfoliation using wine as a chemical exfoliant. Also in Asia, the practice of exfoliation started hundreds of years ago. And today exfoliation is still considered one of the basic, and most important, steps for healthy skin.
Cell turnover is the process by which our skin produces new skin cells that travel from the lowest layer of the epidermis, to the top layer, and then shed. And it is the very outermost layer of the epidermis that is removed during exfoliation. This outer layer is comprised of protein-rich cells that are held together in a glue-like matrix which is shed naturally (desquamation). This process is what keeps dead cells from building up on the skin’s surface. However, this shedding process slows down as we age . . .
Have you ever looked in the mirror and wondered where your natural glow went? As we age our cell turnover rate slows down and the top layer of the skin becomes dull from not shedding as quickly. We lose that glowing, plump skin we had when we were younger.
It makes sense when you look at the difference in the approximate rate of cell turnover in a baby versus a mature woman.
Babies – every 14 days
Teenagers – every 21 – 28 days
Middle Ages – every 28 – 42 days
50 and up – every 42 – 84 days
Think about this, if the top layer of your skin is made up of lots of dead cells how much of those antioxidants and anti aging treatments are actually getting through and doing what they are supposed to be doing? Furthermore, the build-up of dead skin cells can result in excess oil and clogged pores, leading to blemishes and acne. Proper exfoliation removes the barrier of dead skin cells clogging the skin and uncovers fresh new cells below. This opens the way for additional skin care treatments, such as serums and moisturizers, to penetrate more deeply into the skin. In short, a regular exfoliating routine is crucial to leaving your skin looking fresh and healthy. And this also helps to optimize the performance of all other topical treatments.
As important as proper exfoliation is to skin health, improper exfoliation can have a negative effect on skin both short term and long term. Exfoliation should be progressive – not aggressive. For this reason you will find there are varying viewpoints in regard to how often one should exfoliate their skin. In order to determine this, you need to look closely at the type of exfoliator being used and the individual skin type. Exfoliators generally fall into the category of mechanical or chemical. Mechanical is achieved with the use of a mild abrasive or tool where as chemical utilizes mild acids. However, there are additional, and more aggressive, forms that can be performed by a professional such as dermaplaning, lasers, higher strength peels and more.
Discover what regular exfoliation can do for you:
- Exfoliation speeds up your skin’s natural renewal process for healthier looking skin
- Exfoliation removes the layer of dead skin that can block other treatments from penetrating as effectively
- Exfoliation removes dull, dead skin cells to instantly brighten your skin and even out tone
- Exfoliation can help prevent the recurrence of ingrown hairs
- Exfoliation keeps the accumulation of debris off the skin’s surface that clogs pores, makes it look stretched or enlarged
- Exfoliation reduces the chance for the build up of bacteria that leads to breakouts
- Exfoliation makes your skin look radiant and supple, and makes you feel great!