Whether a scrub or a hydroxy-acid base, exfoliants lift dulling cells to brighten and refresh. The human skin produces about one million skin cells every 40 minutes! As skin cells are produced from the deepest layer and move towards the surface, older cells harden, lose moisture, and detach from skin. This process is called desquamation, and it helps eliminate damaged, contaminated cells that carry environmental pollutants.
As we age, desquamation slows, and can cause skin dullness, follicle clogging, and dryness. Through exfoliation, dulling skin cells are effectively removed and newer cells are revealed for a fresher, healthier appearance.
Physical exfoliants including Corn Cob Meal or Rice Bran remove dead skin cells through friction. (Steer clear of exfoliants made of nut shells or ground-up fruit pits, as these will scratch skin, which is dramatically different from exfoliating skin). Chemical exfoliants work by dissolving the intercellular "glue" that attaches skin cells, allowing separation and removal from skin. Chemical exfoliants include Lactic Acid and Salicylic Acid.
Exfoliation can also help minimize the signs of skin aging and hyperpigmentation (age spots), by lifting dull, discolored cells that give skin a mottled appearance. Pair with specific treatments for the signs of aging or hyperpigmentation for maximum skin smoothing and brightening.
Q: What is meant by skin “exfoliation”?
A: (Proper) exfoliation involves removal of the dead skin that is clinging to the surface of your skin by chemical or physical means. Your exfoliation method should be based on a thorough examination of your personal needs by a knowledgeable skin care professional. Improper exfoliation can cause excessive pigmentation, dry skin, and inflammation diseases (e.g.: acne/rosacea). Advantages of keeping skin gently/properly exfoliated: preventing milia and acne, therapeutic products absorb better, normalization of the skin's barrier function (brightens and freshens), and lightening rough or dark spots. I carry the right method of exfoliation for your skin at the best price.
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