Have you ever looked in the mirror and thought that your skin looked tired, dry or dull? That your complexion needed a pick me up or felt rough to the touch?
An exfoliating treatment could be just your answer.
History: Exfoliation has been used for thousands of years to help maintain good skin. The ancient Egyptians are recognized as being the first to use exfoliating treatments. History also reveals that during the Middle Ages, wine, with its active ingredient tartaric acid, a natural AHA, was used as a chemical exfoliant.
What is Exfoliation? Exfoliation is the removal of the oldest dead skin cells on the skin’s outermost surface. Exfoliation is the natural shedding process of the skin. Every 30 days our skin gets a new layer of skin cells. The skin cells are born at the basal cell layer, the lowest layer of the epidermis. The epidermis is the outermost layer of the skin, the one you can see and touch.
The skin cells start out at the basal cell layer nice and plump and round. They journey upward through the layers of the epidermis until they reach the stratum corneum or skin’s surface. As they travel upward, they flatten out and are eventually sloughed off. This entire cycle takes about 30 days.
As we age, the process of cell turnover slows down. Cells start to accumulate unevenly on the skin’s surface, giving it a dry, rough, and dull appearance.
Benefits of Exfoliation: Exfoliation is beneficial because it removes these dead, dry, dulling cells that are holding on, revealing the fresher, younger skin cells beneath. This shedding of the outer layer unclogs pores, keeps skin clean, and helps reduce acne breakouts. Also, the layer of dead, dry cells acts as a barrier to beneficial skin serums and moisturizers. Once this layer is removed, your skin will absorb other skincare products such as serum and moisturizer more effectively.
Types of Exfoliation:
There are 2 types of exfoliation, manual and chemical. Each one is beneficial for the skin.
Manual exfoliation involves physically scrubbing the skin with some sort of abrasive. This could include sponges, loofahs or brushes as well as facial scrub products containing micro-particles.
Chemical exfoliation is accomplished through the application of a substance to the skin which is usually an AHA, a fruit acid or enzymes. These ingredients act to loosen the skin’s corneocyte cohesion or the glue-like substance that holds the cells together.
If you want your skin to look its best, you should exfoliate your skin on a continual basis. Exfoliating treatments should be done at least once a week and followed with a serum or moisturizer. You will love the results! Your skin will look brighter, fresher and more radiant.