What is exfoliation and why do I need it?
An easy way to beautiful skin.
Exfoliation is what happens when you use a scrub or even just a wash cloth while washing. The friction lifts dead skin cells from the surface of your skin, leaving it much softer to the touch. If you have sensitive skin, you can still exfoliate gently by using a 'peel' , which is just a mask that is applied and washed off, not those masks that you have to tug at to remove. I don't recommend the tug off masks because tugging at your skin can damage collagen and elastin and CAUSE wrinkles. We definitely don't want that.
There are levels of exfoliating; when used together at the right timing, they can achieve excellent results in clearing up acne, lessening the look of wrinkles, making pores look smaller and softening the texture of your skin. For daily gentle exfoliation, you can use a cleanser with enzymes or a retinol lotion or serum. Weekly, you'll want to do your acne or antiaging mask with a peel mask. Monthly, is when to see an esthetician for a stronger peel and microdermabrasion. The strength increases as the routine is spread apart more: daily is very gentle, weekly is a bit stronger and monthly is the most-strong, that's why you only do it every 4-6 weeks.
If you follow this routine, your skin will become and stay soft and clear and your complexion will glow. It may take weeks or even months to see the full benefits of this routine though, so stick with it and be consistent. Make sure to do your daily routine in the morning and evening every day. The more consistent you are, the quicker you will see results.
This concept of progressive exfoliation is exactly what the stars in Hollywood do to keep their youthful glow in between their Botox or filler appointments. I prefer a more natural, gentle approach with plant acids and enzymes like glycolic acid, bromelain and salicylic acid to aid in cell turnover and to stimulate collagen production. Because you are removing the thick layer of dry, dead skin cells, your products are more readily absorbed too, which saves you money on serum and moisturizer. To learn more about the right routine for you, seek out a skin assessment to find out exactly what your skin needs.
Shelly Todd, Owner, Esthetician
903 E. Columbia River Highway, Troutdale OR 97060