You could be cleansing, moisturizing and even applying three digits of SPF, but your skin still might not be at its full potential. Exfoliation is an important but often forgotten step in skin-care regimes; this frequently ignored measure could be what’s standing between you and glowing skin!
What is exfoliation?
Exfoliation is the removal of dead skin cells on the skin’s surface. Exfoliation can be performed mechanically, by using abrasive scrubs on the skin or chemically, by using scrubs that contain special kinds of acids that dissolve and remove the dead skin cells without scrubbing.
Why is it important?
Removing dead skin cells and debris is crucial for helping to treat skin conditions such as acne, but it also helps maintain healthy skin in general as we age. As part of the skin’s natural aging process, the cell turnover in skin slows down, which can lead to a buildup of dead skin cells. As a result, aged skin can look dull and rough.
Another consequence to hardening and thickening of the dead skin layer is excessive sun damage. Ever notice how tanned skin can look leathery? The skin reacts to long-term sun damage by thickening the dead skin layer which can leave it looking lifeless and uneven. Proper exfoliation can help restore glowing, more youthful-looking skin that radiates health.
Most people should exfoliate only a few times per week. For those people with the most sensitive skin, once a week (or even less often) may be all that the skin can tolerate before becoming inflamed. It’s important to never over-exfoliate. Exfoliating too often leaves the skin raw and inflamed, which is not beneficial to skin. In fact, irritation over long periods of time can actually lead to accelerated aging.
A good rule of thumb is that exfoliation should yield healthy, glowing skin, not red, inflamed irritated skin. If it does the latter, either reduce the frequency of exfoliation or find a different method of exfoliation.
Exfoliation is key in removing old skin cells and aiding in keeping sun damage at bay! Come in today for a treatment with our HydraFacial to leave your skin feeling healthy and ready to take on the winter cold. Or try our Pumpkin Spice Peel to hydrate your skin and put you in the mood for fall.
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