Winter is over and spring is here! Its time to wipe out the dull and bring in the shine with a freshly exfoliated face!
You have heard the importance of a good exfoliation. We all know the basics of exfoliation, if not, here is a refresher! The skin regenerates to the surface and, at the same time, sheds the dead layer, leaving fresh and smooth skin. As we age, the shedding process slows down, and it becomes easier for the skin to look dry, rough, and dull.
How do we avoid this? By helping the skin along and exfoliating regularly. Exfoliation helps improve tone, texture, and show clearer complexion, unclogged pores, and also reduces the appearance of wrinkles and lines. Who doesn’t want that?!
Now that we are all caught up on the importance of exfoliation, the big question is what’s the best method and how often? There are a couple of different treatments to help you bring that baby skin to the surface while buffing away the dead dull dermis. The short answer is it really depends upon your skin.
Depending upon your skin type here are the most popular forms of exfoliation:
Scrubs are a great way to gently scrub the dry rough skin that hasn’t naturally shed itself. The great thing about these scrubs is that you can make this at home. Ingredients can be found in your own pantry, think sugar, salt or oatmeal, mixed with honey!
There are some great facial brushes on the market now. Use these brushes with your favorite facial cleanser to brush away the dead skin cells and get that baby soft skin.
Don’t be afraid of the word chemical. You can vary from mild to prescription grade. Take for instance a papaya mask. If you are not afraid to eat it, then it must be ok for your face right? Right! Papayas have a natural enzyme that gentlely sloughs away dead skin layers. Surprising what a good fruit can do for you, inside and out.
You can kick it up a notch and buy a cleanser or an at home peel with active ingredients such as glycolic acid, salicylic acid, and alpha hydroxy. With these you want to be aware of your skin sensitivity and how often you apply the peels.
And if you are really serious, visit your local dermatologists for a chemical peel. Be warned, some of these peels require downtime and being out of the sun, but it can be well worth the wait when everything heals. Visit your doctor to see if you are a good candidate for a heavier peel.
Whichever method you decide to use, be sure to test out the ingredients on a small area to make sure you can tolerate ingredients. Also, depending upon your skin sensitivity, you may have to limit how often you exfoliate. Once you decide which method and how often is right for you, your skin will love your for it. Incorporating a regular exfoliation schedule into your skin care routine, will help you look younger, fresher, and healthier.