One of the very first things I learned in my practical training to become an aesthetician, is that, in addition to the importance of proper cleansing and moisturizing of the skin, exfoliation is absolutely vital to keeping a clear and youthful complexion. In the course of my career, I have had many clients not realize the value of this step. For many, it seemed liked an added, almost unnecessary, task in their daily regimen. Whether they were of the cleanse and moisturize only routine, or used a laundry list of products, many were not aware of the benefits of proper at-home exfoliation! On the flip side, I have had clients that followed the basic cleansing and moisturizing steps with modestly priced, yet decent products who have fantastic skin because they exfoliated! Others who spent money on the “best of the best” products were not getting the rave-review results they were anticipating because they weren’t ridding their skin of dead cell buildup and debris, allowing the fresh cells make their way to the surface during cellular renewal.
So, now that you hear this, the first thing you may be thinking is: “okay, I need to add a scrub to my routine!” STOP!!! Put the scrub down and back away slowly! Scrubs, even so called gentle or mild, are bad news when it comes to your skin. Not only can they be irritating but they can cause tiny tears in your skin. They also don’t do a great job of really adhering to dead skin and oils (that are still there even if you are great about cleansing your skin and removing make up). That’s where at-home gel type exfoliants and mild acid peel pads come in. Think of the surface layer of your skin as a brick wall. The dead cells are the brick and the sebum (oil) is the mortar. You can be using all the best creams and serums in the world, but if you aren’t breaking down that wall then how will all those products penetrate down to the dermal layers of the skin where all the repair and rejuvenation takes place?
I have highlighted a few of my favorite and highly recommended exfoliants and peels for you below. If you aren’t already using an exfoliant, don’t stress, but it’s never to late to start! If you have been exfoliating but using a scrub (even one that has ‘gentle’ micro-beads), not all is lost; use it in the shower on your body where your skin is not as delicate as your face. Use to smooth knees, elbow, feet and even your back if your are prone to breakouts there. These products are excellent for not only unveiling fresh new cells (due to the increase of cell turnover), but as I mentioned, your products will penetrate better, surface lines and acne scars will minimize or dimish and your make up will apply so much more flawlessly (brides or other special event gals, your make-up artist will hug you for making his or her job easier!).
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