Skin Exfoliation 101

Skin exfoliation is an essential step to every anti-aging skincare routine, as well as for acne management and skin lightening. The goal is to remove the top layer of dead skin cells to reveal the healthy new skin below. Skin exfoliation also encourages the production of new skin cells, another key component in a rejuvenating skincare routine.

Exfoliation can be accomplished in many ways – through the use of microdermabrasion treatments or chemical peels at the hand of a qualified skincare professional, or at home with the use of skin care products. Mechanical exfoliation should not be done more often than every two weeks so as not to induce over production of oils or damage to the skin. Skin exfoliation using skin care products can be done weekly, or every few days, but only with a high quality, non-abrasive natural skincare exfoliator.

Some at-home skin care exfoliation products contain crushed shells or other abrasive materials. The issue with this type of skin exfoliation is that it is difficult to manage the depth and even application of the exfoliation. In fact, micro-tears and scars can result from this type of skin exfoliation method. A better choice is to utilize enzymatic exfoliators, which utilize natural enzymes to denature the skin protein and reveal the healthy new skin beneath the surface. These types of exfoliators are botanically-based, natural skincare products which treat the skin gently and can be used on a regular basis. This type of enzymatic exfoliation, combined with periodic mechanical exfoliation treatments with a skincare professional, will yield amazing results without causing damage.

Skin exfoliation is an essential component of a rejuvenating, anti-aging and anti-acne skincare treatment regimen, and when done correctly can reduce lines, reduce wrinkles, and provide skin lightening. The key to success is being thoughtful about the methods and types of products used to accomplish this goal. Natural skincare is always a good choice. By tapping nature, you can bring a natural glow to your skin!

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