Exfoliation

What?

Every 28 days your skin’s outer layer (epidermis) is completely replaced. Exfoliation is the removal of the oldest dead skin cells from the epidermis.

Why?

When done correctly, exfoliation leaves the skin feeling smoother and fresher looking.

When?

Young people benefit from rapid natural exfoliation and thus do not need to exfoliate their skin. Beginning in the 30s and 40s, the skin may become dull looking. This is when exfoliation is most beneficial.

Daily exfoliation is over doing it and may dry and/or irritate the skin. Once a week is sufficient.

How?

Mechanical Exfoliation: involves physically removing the superficial layers of the skin. Cleansers may contain ground up pits, seeds, sugar or salt crystals, or any other form of potentially abrasive particles. Use care to avoid irritation.

Chemical Exfoliation: involves applying substances to the skin (usually a form of alpha hydroxy acids and/or beta hydroxy acid) that in essence dissolve the glue around the cells, hastening the shedding of several layers of the epidermis. Again, use care to avoid irritation or damage or have it done by a professional.

Where?

Doctor’s office, spa, home

You must moisturize after exfoliation as it can dry out the skin. A moisturizer will help stabilize your skin and “feed” the new, young skin you’ve exposed.

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