With summer fast approaching, it is time to start your summer beauty preparations. Exfoliation is a must if you are hoping for smooth glowing skin, a pre-holiday tan, a pre-spray tan or simply just to remove the build-up of make-up and dead skin cells from the winter months.
As we age, the process of cell turnover slows down. Cells start to pile up unevenly on the skin’s surface, giving it a dry, rough, dull appearance. Exfoliation is the removal of the dead, keratinized skin cells sitting on the skin’s surface leaving the skin smoother and fresher looking, and makes it easier for your usual facial products to penetrate the skin’s surface. Exfoliation is beneficial because it removes those cells that are clinging on, revealing the fresher, younger skin cells below.
Not everyone understands the true value of a good exfoliation routine. An exfoliation doesn’t have to be the usual scrub with micro beads, there are many different methods for the exfoliation your face or body, which will all work at different levels to remove those dull dead skin cells.
If your skin is looking dry, sallow, or grey, you may need to exfoliate. Exfoliating differs depending on your skin type. I would like to share with you both home and professional treatments that will give you that summer glow.
The Simple Kind To Skin Soothing Facial Scrub is a great quick fix if you are on a budget, it’s a gentle bead exfoliator which can be added to your usual facial routine. For an at home professional scrub, the Dermalogica Microexfoliant is gentle, rice-based exfoliating powder that activates upon contact with water, releasing papain, salicylic acid and rice enzymes that micro-exfoliate dead cells.
In salon chemical peels and Dermablading are the next steps in skin restoration treatments. With a chemical peel, glycolic peels are applied to penetrate the out and middle layers of skin to remove damaged skin cells. The treatment differs from scrubs as it is also used to improve age spots, fine lines and wrinkles, freckles and moderate skin discoloration. Dermablading however, is the process of gently scraping away dead skin cells and ‘peach fuzz’ hairs to give your skin a smoother, brighter complexion. Even individuals with skin conditions like rosacea or sensitive skin can utilise dermablading without adverse side effects.
It requires the use of a sterile, surgical scalpel to gently “shave” the skin’s surface, removing the top-most layer of dead skin along with fine, vellus hair.
However, exfoliation is a double-edged sword. It is easy to overdo facial exfoliation, especially at home with overzealous scrubbing and cheap products like apricot kernel scrubs, so please be careful with your skin especially on your face, the skin on the rest of your body can take more vigorous exfoliation, more frequently.