How to choose the correct EXFOLIATION for your skin:
To find the right exfoliator, you need to look at your skin type, condition and the concerns you have.
Exfoliation is necessary to remove dry, dead skin cells that clog pores, giving you a healthy, glowing skin as result.
There are 2 types of exfoliators, chemical and physical.
Work by dissolving dead skin cells and any dirt and oil that bind those cells to the skin. It is gentle on the skin and suitable for even the most sensitive skin. The first type is AHA’s. They contain Glycolic and Lactic acid. They are effective on dry, sun damaged skin. They moisturize the skin while exfoliating. The second type is BHA’s. BHA’s contain Salicylic acid. Due to the anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties it is best to use for oily or acne prone skin.
Environ Intensive Range provides the Alpha Hydroxy cream and the Alpha Hydroxy Gel (stronger exfoliator with high levels of glycolic- and lactic acids for course and pigmented skin).
Are designed to scrub away dead skin cells using physical particles. Usually contains small granules. Common types are oatmeal, nut shells, fruit pits, beans and sugar. The larger the grain, the harsher it is on the skin. It is more suited for male clients who prefer a more mechanical, abrasive exfoliation.
The best physical exfoliators to use include; coffee grounds, oatmeal, ground flaxseeds, ground sunflower seeds and calendula flowers.
How often should I exfoliate?
It depends on your skin type and your concern, each person is different. You can exfoliate once to three times a week for maintaining clear, healthy looking skin.
Dull complexion, loss of radiance, loose skin, wrinkles and fine lines, pigmented spots… our skin have to put up with a lot, and with time it loses its ability to naturally sluff of dead skin cells. With a peel, your skin quickly regains its radiance, becomes more supple and elastic and your complexion is more regular. This is because your skin’s functioning and ability to absorb and hold onto moisture and nutrients is improved through peeling and exfoliation.
How does peeling work?
In a healthy skin the uppermost layers of the epidermis are eliminated so that after 20 – 28 days new skin cells are made and pushed to the surface, leaving the skin looking healthier and even. The active ingredients, amount applied to the face, application mode and time in contact with the skin are all factors that influence the success of the peel. This treatment is recommended for the following conditions; Premature Aging, pigmentation and melasma, acne and scarring or just overall rejuvenation.
Peelings you can be done once a month usually in a course of six treatments or in extreme cases 2-3 times a week with lighter, home-peel kits.
Consult your Skincare Therapist for advice on what peel would be most effective on your skin.
Bianca at Simply Skin Wellness Centre
Body and Skincare Therapist