Tuesday 18 August 2015

Back to Basics II - Exfoliation
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Back to Basics II - Exfoliation

Make exfoliating a key step in your skin care regimen. It is equally important to cleansing but still frequently overlooked or underestimated. There is a world of exfoliants, from mild enzyme peels to granular scrubs and full chemical peels. Your skin type and condition determines what product you should use and how often. Your skin care therapist at Leissa’s can help you find the right one.

Whether you have normal, dry, oily or sensitive skin, exfoliating regularly can will improve your skin and bring luster and shine to your complexion. Exfoliating speeds up the skin renewal process allowing healthy new cells to come to the surface. As you age, your skin becomes more dry and less elastic which can result in fine lines and wrinkles. Without the use of products that aid in exfoliating, dead skin remains on the top and can create a dull and rough complexion. Exfoliating helps skin to maintain a youthful glow as you age while also helping to keep the skin softer.

Proper exfoliation can improve a number of skin problems:

Blemished Skin: Exfoliation should be the main focus of a home care program. Too harsh acne products can be drying to the skin and in turn also irritate the skin leading to new breakouts. Why is that? Because as you over-dry the skin, you create surface dry skin cell buildup. This then acts as a barrier to trap oil in the skin, thereby starting a cycle of new breakouts.  If your problem is clogged pores which aren’t infected blemishes but rather blackheads, small whiteheads and little clogged bumps on the skin, often on the forehead, the same rules apply as with blemished skin. The more you remove surface dry skin cells (usually caused by using harsh, drying products), the less oil will stay trapped and congested in the pores.  A great product that gently clears away cell build up without further irritating the skin is Dermalogica’s Skin Prep Scrub. It uses ground up corn cobs, no scratchy beads, to remove excess cells. Using this twice a week works incredibly well to give a newly refined smoothness and clarity.

Sun Spots, Age Spots – Hyperpigmentation: These are the brown spots that come from a lifetime of sun exposure, pregnancy, hormonal changes, and genetics. These spots tend to become more apparent and darker as the skin ages. Exfoliation is beneficial for breaking up the pigmented cells to allow them to fade. Combined with a skin lightening agent, such as Vitamin C and targeted treatment serums from Dermalogica’s PowerBright Line. An excellent exfoliant to help the process along is Dermalogica’s BioActive Peel.

Dry Skin needs TLC:  Especially in the winter, exfoliation is very important. So often when the skin is dry, we tend to load up on heavier creams to compensate for the dryness. But dry skin also means you have dry skin cell buildup. And the more you layer on the heavier creams, the more you are trying to re-hydrate dry skin cells. Instead, regular exfoliation will remove the dry skin cells and then moisturize the new skin cells resulting in better hydrated skin. Use Dermalogica’s Daily Microfoliant with rice and pineapple enzymes to improve your skin.

Signs of Wrinkles: The skin’s natural exfoliation process slows as the skin ages, resulting in an accumulation of dry skin cells. As you increase your exfoliation, you are tricking the skin into acting young again. A special type of exfoliant that works particularly well within the deeper layers of the skin to jump start tired, aging cells is the ingredient retinoic acid or retinol. It repairs the lower layers where collagen and elastin reside and with continued use, skin will look smoother and younger each day. Dermalogica’s Overnight Retinol Repair increases skin cell turnover for younger, smoother skin.

What’s the skinny on Exfoliating Products: There are two types of exfoliants. First, a “chemical” or “acid” exfoliant does the work for you. You apply it, leave it on the skin, and it works to dissolve the dry skin cells. These exfoliants include ingredients such as Glycolic Acid, AHAs and BHA, and enzymes such as Pumpkin, Papaya, and Pineapple.  Second, a “physical” exfoliant means that you have to do the work. These exfoliants include facial brushes, sponges, and facial scrubs containing ground up corn cobs, nut shells, jojoba beads, etc.  

Which Professional Exfoliating Treatments Are Beneficial?  Both Aveda and Dermalogica offer professional exfoliation products that can be used in the treatment room to give you great results. Aveda’s Perfecting Plant Peel and Dermalogica’s BioActive Peel are more serious exfoliation systems that can address the more stubborn skin issues you may have for younger, healthy looking skin.

Come into Leissa’s and let me analyze your skin. A thorough consultation can help you select the right product. Who doesn’t want great skin!