Out with the old, in with the new – how long has it been since you last exfoliated? Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells from the surface of the skin, allowing for the growth of fresh, new skin cells instead.
Exfoliation treatments can be chemical or physical: chemical scrubs use acids and/or enzymes for removal of dry, dead skin, while physical scrubs use a hard substance (such as crushed nuts or seeds) to manually eradicate the layers of dirt and bacteria that collect on the face. The frequency of treatments depends on the level of intensity of exfoliation and the level of skin sensitivity you experience. Products that offer a deep exfoliation should only be used every few days, while gentle chemical formulas may be mild enough for daily use. But listen to your skin: if it becomes red or irritated after exfoliating, cut down on the frequency of treatments. And choose a product that fits your skin type – sensitive skin may benefit more from a chemical exfoliant, which causes less irritation than physical exfoliants which use ingredients with sharp or jagged pieces. No matter how dry, oily, or acne-prone your face is, too much of a good thing isn’t better – over-exfoliation can strip the skin of essential oils and moisture it needs to flourish.
Beyond resulting in an amazing deep clean, regular exfoliation also provides a whole host of other benefits to your skin. Here’s why you should add exfoliating treatments to your normal skin care routine:
- Exfoliate to kill bacteria. A deep exfoliating treatment strips the skin of harmful bacteria, built-up dirt, and excess oils – all of which are responsible for frequent acne breakouts on the face. Exfoliation can reduce your chances of acne growth by eliminating the dirt-clogged environment in which it thrives.
- Exfoliate to unclog pores. Can you see your pores from a mile away? If so, you may need a good exfoliating treatment. The pores on your face are susceptible to accumulating oils, dirt, and dead skin, which makes the pores larger and more visible. Built-up dead skin cells will trap oils and dirt inside the pores – and sealed underneath the surface with nowhere to go, the debris will erupt in nasty whiteheads and blackheads over the nose, chin, and forehead.
- Exfoliate to unblock skin. Envision that first clean breath of air through your nose after a sinus infection – in effect, exfoliation is a decongestant for your skin. Dirt, dead skin cells, and oils clog the pores on your face and block rejuvenating moisturizers, cleansers, and serums from penetrating deeply enough to nourish your skin’s health. Exfoliation lays the foundation for new skin cell growth, and fresh cells more effectively absorb and retain skin care products.
- Exfoliate to increase blood circulation. When dry, dead skin is removed it clears the way for fresh skin cells to reach the surface of the face. The process of exfoliation not only increases blood circulation with an infusion of new skin cells, but it also increases lymphatic drainage, which is responsible for breaking down toxins in skin tissues.
- Exfoliate to glow. Over time, layers of dirt, oils, and dead skin cells on the face can give skin a rough texture and uneven tone. Exfoliation sends fresh skin cells and blood rushing to the surface, giving your face a vibrant glow. The sloughing process also evens out tone and texture, and your skin will look smoother and more refreshed after a scrub treatment. Over time, the consistent removal of dead skin cells can reduce the appearance of dark or red spots, acne scars, flaky patches, and areas of pigmentation.
Post-exfoliation, keep your skin hydrated as the effects take place. Drink water to help flush out the toxins being broken down and apply a soothing moisturizer to lock in hydration to your face. Or let the pros do it for you: come in to Ageless Allure Medispa to experience one of our signature facials with deeply exfoliating products. Try our new Farmhouse Fresh Peat Perfection Facial, which uses a sea salt exfoliation, followed by a bio nutrient-rich peat mud mask to cleanse and rejuvenate tired and irritated skin. Browse our list of treatment options here and then call 863-292-2317 to schedule your appointment today.