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111. Conversations of a Skin Therapist - Benefits of regular exfoliation

Updated: Mar 21

The skin starts ageing at 21, the collagen starts depleting at aged 30, I know this might sound depressing, but my point in sharing that is to express the importance of exfoliation within our home care regimes.

The skin cycle has around a 28 day cycle from the base of the epidermis to what we see on our face today. This process gets slower the older we get which makes exfoliating even more important to help our skins natural desqamation process.

Regular exfoliation offers several benefits for the skin, below are seven reasons we

L🩶VE exfoliation:

🩶 Removes dead skin cells:

Exfoliating helps to slough off dead skin cells, which can accumulate on the skin's surface, leaving it dull and uneven. By removing these dead cells, exfoliation promotes a brighter and more radiant complexion.

🩶 Improves skin texture:

Exfoliating aids in smoothing rough skin texture caused by factors like dryness, acne, or aging. Regular exfoliation encourages the production of new skin cells, resulting in a smoother and softer skin texture.

🩶 Deep cleanses pores:

Exfoliation helps to unclog pores by removing dirt, oil, and other impurities that can lead to breakouts. By keeping the pores clear, regular exfoliation can prevent acne and promote a clearer complexion.

🩶 Enhances product absorption:

Exfoliating clears away the layer of dead skin cells that can act as a barrier to product absorption. This allows moisturizers, serums, and other skincare products to penetrate deeper into the skin, making them more effective.

🩶 Stimulates collagen production:

Exfoliation can help stimulate collagen production, which is crucial for maintaining the skin's elasticity and firmness. Regular exfoliation can contribute to a more youthful and plump appearance.

🩶 Evens out skin tone:

Exfoliation can help fade hyperpigmentation, dark spots, and acne scars over time. By promoting cell turnover, exfoliation encourages the development of new, evenly pigmented skin cells.

🩶 Promotes a smoother shaving experience:

Exfoliating before shaving helps to remove dead skin cells and lifts hair follicles, resulting in a closer and smoother shave. This can help prevent ingrown hairs and razor bumps.

Not that we promote shaving to our female clientele, but if you must or you're one of our male clients and use the wet or dry shave methods, exfoliating will be very beneficial.

It's important to note that while regular exfoliation offers many benefits, it's essential to choose a gentle exfoliant and not overdo it, as excessive or aggressive exfoliation can lead to skin irritation and damage.

If you like a more basic regime, then perhaps use a daily exfoliator every morning to ensure any dull skin is removed. Be careful of ingredients and types of exfoliants used so not to over exfoliate the skin.

Types of exfoliants:

There are several types of skincare exfoliants that offer various benefits for the skin. Here are some common types:

💥 Physical exfoliants:

These include scrubs, brushes, or loofahs that physically remove dead skin cells by friction. They help to improve skin texture, unclog pores, and promote cell turnover.

💥 Chemical exfoliants:

These exfoliants use ingredients like alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) or beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs) to dissolve dead skin cells.

AHAs such as glycolic acid and lactic acid primarily exfoliate the skin's surface, while BHAs like salicylic acid penetrate deeper into the pores, making them effective for acne-prone or oily skin.

Chemical exfoliants can brighten the complexion, even out skin tone, and reduce the appearance of fine lines.

💥 Enzyme exfoliants:

Enzymes derived from fruits like papaya, pineapple, or pumpkin are gentle exfoliants that break down the proteins that hold dead skin cells together. They are suitable for sensitive skin types and can help achieve a smoother, brighter complexion.

💥 Microneedling:

While technically not an exfoliant, microneedling involves using tiny needles to create microchannels in the skin, promoting collagen production and aiding in the removal of dead skin cells. It can improve the texture and firmness of the skin, reduce scars and hyperpigmentation, and enhance the absorption of skincare products.

💥 Nanoinfusion:

Nanoinfusion is used with the same pen as microneedling but the tip is different. A nano needle contains hundreds of little silicone cones that are thinner than a strand of hair.

They look like a minute little square inside the disposable tip. It works in the same mechanical method as microneedling where the tip goes up and down but the silicone cones work to separate the skin cells so that product can penetrate deeper.

This isn't an exfoliant technique but can be used to penetrate ingredients such as AHAs, BHAs and fruit enzymes into the deeper layers of the skin resulting in a glass like affect.

When choosing an exfoliant, consider your skin type and concerns. If you're unsure book a consultation with our Skin Expert

Always follow the instructions provided and avoid over-exfoliating, as it can irritate the skin. It's also essential to moisturize and protect the skin with sun protection factor 30 or above after exfoliation to maintain skin's health and hydration.

Thank you for reading, if this was useful please 🩵 and if it could help someone in your network, please share.

Thank you ~ Diana x

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