Exfoliation: Out With The Old And In With The New

Exfo­li­a­tion involves the removal of dead skin cells on the skin’s out­er­most sur­face. Skin cells renew approx­i­mate­ly every 30 days. If the old cells build up, the appear­ance of skin can be dull, flat and prone to blem­ish­es. The removal of these cells will make your skin appear brighter and youth­ful. In addi­tion, exfo­li­a­tion will improve the pen­e­tra­tion of skin care prod­ucts. In the win­ter months, exfo­li­a­tion is espe­cial­ly impor­tant since skin is dri­er and there is less humid­i­ty in the atmosphere.

Luck­i­ly, there are many exfo­li­at­ing prod­ucts that aid in the cell turnover process, Skinceu­ti­cals® Retex­tur­ing Acti­va­tor, SkinCeu­ti­cals® LHA Cleans­ing Gel, Restorsea™ 10x and Lytera® 2 – 0 by SkinMedica®.

When prod­ucts are not enough, HydraFa­cial®, Silkpeel®, micro­der­mabra­sion and chem­i­cal peels can be very effec­tive. These treat­ments are usu­al­ly fol­lowed with prod­uct rec­om­men­da­tions for home use.

Although exfo­li­a­tion can be a great way to get glow­ing skin, indi­vid­u­als with par­tic­u­lar skin types should lim­it the amount of exfo­li­a­tion for their skin. For exam­ple, peo­ple with acne prone skin should be mind­ful of break­outs caused from too much rough­ness on their skin. Prod­ucts that are too harsh can cause sen­si­tive skin to become irri­tat­ed. Dark­er com­plex­ions must be cau­tious because they can be prone to pig­men­ta­tion changes.

Meet with one of our estheti­cians for a free con­sul­ta­tion to see what exfo­li­a­tion tech­niques are rec­om­mend­ed for your skin type. 

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