Who should be exfoliating?
Everyone can benefit from some form of exfoliation whether it is from a wash, a scrub, or an enzyme.
What is exfoliation?
The removal of the oldest deadest skin cells on the outer most surface of the skin. There are two types of exfoliation… Chemical and Mechanical. Mechanical or Physical exfoliation are done with a scrub, wash cloth, beads, sponges, brushes, loofahs, etc. Chemical exfoliation is the use of enzymes or acids such as lactic, glycolic, or salicylic.
Scrubs and exfoliants that can be harmful to the skin including any kinds of nut shells like walnuts and apricots and large sea salts (best for the body). You want to make sure the grains are round and gently roll over the skin. Most body exfoliants are going to be physical exfoliants. It is ok to use something a little more abrasive over your entire body. Your facial skin is delicate so make sure you are not using rough, abrasive ingredients.
Why should I be exfoliating?
As we age, the skin renewal process begins to slow down. We do not shed our dead skin cells as fast as we used to, leaving us with a layer of dry dead skin. Exfoliating the skin increases cell turnover and stimulates the production of new cells which leads to brighter, healthier skin.
Skin types that benefit from exfoliation include
- acne prone
- post breakout
- clogged pores
- dry skin
- those looking to smooth out their skin
- those concerned with wrinkles
When should you exfoliate?
Most all skin types only need to exfoliate 1-2 times a week. A lot depends on what type of exfoliation you are doing. Using a wash cloth or brush can be done daily (if your skin can handle it), but not recommended in conjunction with a chemical exfoliant. If you are using a chemical exfoliant, you may only need to exfoliate a couple of times a month. Make sure you ask a professional when you start any kind of exfoliation routine, or make sure you check the specific product recommendation. The key is not to over exfoliate. Over exfoliation can lead to dry, flaky, irritated, red skin. This then creates a whole other set of problems for your skin.
We offer several exfoliation treatments. Our signature facial includes a physical exfoliation in each treatment. We also offer microdermabrasion (a fine crystal exfoliation) and a vitamin peel (chemical exfoliation). We can customize your exfoliation treatment to meet your skincare needs.
Shannon Chappell, LE Co-Owner