Exfoliation the Fountain of Youth

Why you need to exfoliate 

What are the different exfoliants used for?

EEEKKK..... a wrinkle! 

As the days start to fly by faster and faster,  we begin to notice that wrinkles become a part of the years gone by in the blink of an eye. Most of these years were filled with abuse and ignorance on the care our skins needs. Luckily this organ for most part is resilient and will repair itself with time.

What does exfoliation do for the skin? - The older we become the slower our skin renews thus creating wrinkles. With exfoliation we are getting rid of the dead skin that are laying on your face just waiting to fall off. Exfoliation helps speed up your cellular turnover and helps to wake up the lower levels of the dermis getting it to stop sleeping on the job. Its a busy job but someone has to do it, and by exfoliating regularly you will ensure that your body is able to work at its optimal level!

Can I over exfoliate? - ABSOLUTELY! For a gentle exfoliant such as peel pads which are designed to work slow and steady, you are able to use them once a day or every other day. Once you get into stronger exfoliations once every week or two will suffice or once a month with your Esthetician and the use of a professional exfoliant. 

Professional Chemical Exfoliation


What is a chemical peel?

This form of exfoliation is used to improve the appearance of the skin on the face, neck, decollete and hands.

 A chemical solution normally a professional strength AHA/BHA is applied to the skin causing it to exfoliate and eventually within a few day peel off. The new, regenerated skin is smoother and this kind of exfoliation should only be done under a licenced professional. 

AHA & BHA


Which one do I use?

AHA's are more hydrating and are made of molecules that help to provide moisture to the skin as well as resurfacing. 

BHA's love oil, and are able to dissolve into the deeper layers of the skin by kicking the oil right out of their way to get the job done. Not so much recommended for the drier skin types. BHA also work great on skin that is having inflammatory problems such as acne. 


Physical Exfoliants


Doing the work yourself...

Physical exfoliants polish the epidermis with small granules. This is not something that is ever truly recommended by a skin therapist because it can also cause a thickening affect, leaving your skin to become surface dry easier and can possibly spread bacteria if you have any active breakout.  

Avoid face exfoliants with nut shells since these have a tendancy to create micro tears in the skin. 

Mechanical Exfoliation


Double the work...

Mechanical exfoliation sloughs off dead skin and debris with a battery powered device or just a plain bristled brush with gentle fibers. This can be a great and cost effective way to exfoliate, however making sure that you are properly sanitizing this device is key. Otherwise bacteria can breed and cause a big problem hence double the work of using a tool and then properly cleaning.