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Skin Exfoliation Part 3: Choosing An Exfoliant

What's The Right Exfoliant For You When choosing an exfoliant it is important to assess the purpose of the treatment. As stated earlier, exfoliation is a wonderful treatment to deal with acne.  In addition, it is also a terrific treatment to deal with the aging process. When dealing with mild breakouts, commedones and oily skin, salicylic acid is always a great choice. It exfoliates from the outside in and results in a thinning of the Stratum Corneum - which in turn leads to stimulating cell renewal. This allows for easier extraction and removal of impurities in the skin. It is not as effective of a treatment for hyper pigmentation, and does not hydrate the skin like lactic acid. Lactic acid not only removes the dull surface skin, but also brightens the skin, helping to reverse the signs of damage from the environment. It is very receptive to active ingredients which are meant to fortify the skin’s moisture barrier function. It is used to also stimulate collagen synthesis, the replenishing of collagen in our bodies which repairs and replaces damaged collagen tissues. Studies have shown that the application of both Salicylic and Lactic Acid are more effective in stimulating cell turnover than the use of Glycolic Acid. Glycolic Acid has also proven to be slightly more irritating with a lesser result. Enzymes Enzymes have been used for years both naturally (Papaya) and in skin care preparations. These ingredients digest dead skin cells similar to having a “Pac Man” effect. Physical forms of exfoliation like “sea salt scrubs” and “nut shell scrubs”, in various forms, have been on the market for years.  They are applied to the skin by hand with a rotating motion to whisk away dead [...]

Skin Exfoliation Part 2: Microdermabrasion Results

Microdermabrasion Results & History Microdermabrasion is another form of exfoliation. This is a process best performed by a licensed skin care therapist.  It uses a “physical” form of exfoliation as opposed to a chemical form. Microdermabrasion became popular in Europe in the late 80’s and early 90’s. It was a much gentler form of exfoliation in comparison to Dermabrasion, which was always performed by a doctor. Microdermabrasion results is the technique of using fine crystals that are blasted on to the surface of the skin to perform exfoliation. Simultaneously, a vacuum device is also working to pull away the excess crystals and dead skin cells. It is important after the treatment to hydrate the skin, as in any exfoliation treatment to prevent the skin from feeling dry and irritated. During the day it is essential to apply a full spectrum sun block after any exfoliation treatment, since the skin will be very vulnerable to becoming burned and or hyper pigmented. Reaction to Hydroxy Acids Not all people can use alpha hydroxy acids without having a reaction. People who have eczema, rosacea and extremely dry skin can have an adverse reaction to any form of exfoliation. That reaction may include extreme redness, dry patches, flaking and itching. When in doubt it is always a good idea to have a patch test done first to see if there will be a negative reaction to the exfoliant. Another reason for the patch test is because not all exfoliants are the same. Their ph values and percentage of active ingredients may vary. This could result in having a positive result with one form of exfoliant and a negative reaction with another. Applying the exfoliant to a small area not too [...]

Aging Gracefully. Choosing The Right Skin Care Products & Regiment.

Aging In A Healthy Manner There is one thing for certain, aging. Aging in a healthy manner is something we can aspire to do. The skin ages in two ways. One is through the natural process of chronological or intrinsic aging. The other is through exposure to daylight called photo-aging. Chronological aging is determined by genetics and choice of lifestyle. Photo-aging is preventable and caused by exposure to sunlight.  There are many obvious changes seen as the skin ages. They include wrinkles, hyper and hypo-pigmentation, broken capillaries, dehydration, thinning of the skin and a breakdown of collagen and elastin. Modern science is diligently working to address both the chronological and photo-aging of the skin. With the development of peptides, retinols, vitamins and green and white teas, the aging process can be slowed down and repaired in many instances. These newer ingredients, amongst others, have created a “buzz” in the skin care industry. Combine these ingredients with an effective broad spectrum sun block of spf 15 or higher, and a huge difference can be seen and felt in the texture of the skin. Speaking with a licensed esthetician is your best bet in choosing the right skin care products. Aging gracefully, is a goal to work toward in your daily skin care regimen.