Why exfoliation is important
Exfoliation is the removal of dead skin cells from the superficial top layers of skin to stimulate cell renewal. It can help to improve texture and brighten the complexion by effectively removing those dull old cells.
As we get older, our skin’s natural ability to exfoliate slows down. If you have pigmentation (discolouration of the skin, such as freckles), exfoliation helps shed these cells more quickly. Dry, dehydrated skin will wrinkle faster than balanced, hydrated skin. Exfoliation also helps any moisturising and hydrating ingredients you use penetrate deeper and makes these products much easier for the skin to absorb. In exfoliating, you remove dead cells faster than the body can manage by itself. Thus, fine lines are minimised and the appearance of blackheads and whiteheads is reduced.
If skin is sensitised, exfoliation may not be for you, as it may further compromise your skin’s natural protective barriers. It is important to always follow the direction of your skin therapist when exfoliation is a part of your Dermalogica skin care routine.
How to read the Signs:
Skin that’s not exfoliated
• Looks dull
• Feels dry
• Fine lines appear around the eyes
• Skin is congested (dead skin cells build up under the surface)
• Blackheads are more noticeable
An exfoliant is any agent that removes dead skin cells from the skin’s surface to reveal newer, smoother skin underneath. Exfoliants can be physical or chemical, and their use is dependent upon an individual’s skin care needs.
Physical exfoliants use friction to remove dead skin cells, either through the use of a tool (such as a brush or sponge) or a gentle abrasive (such as Corn Cob Meal, Rice Bran or Oatmeal). Depending on the amount of friction and the nature of the abrasive used, results will vary. You can find Corn Cob Meal in Dermalogica Skin Prep Scrub and Rice Bran in Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant.
Unlike physical exfoliants that remove debris through gentle abrasion, chemical exfoliants smooth skin by dissolving the intercellular “glue” that attaches cells to the surface. Hydroxy acids, Retinol and enzymes (proteins that initiate a chemical reaction to break the chemical bonds of older cells and “digest” them) are a few examples of chemical exfoliants.
Saintly Solution – your guide to better skin with exfoliation
• Exfoliate at least twice a week, using a product that has been matched to your skin type.
• If using a scrub or a microfoliant, ensure face and hands are damp, apply a small amount mixed with water, use circular motions from your décolleté (collarbone) working upwards to your forehead for a minute, then rinse with warm water.
• If you are using an exfoliator containing alpha hydroxy acid, apply a thin layer from the décolleté to your forehead, and leave on for 10 minutes, rinse off with warm water. As well as removing dead skin cells, you will be stimulating skin cell renewal.
• Hydroxy acids increase sensitivity to sun as little as 13% and up to 50%. Because of this, sunscreen must be applied after any hydroxy acid exfoliation treatment.
• Having monthly Dermalogica facials will enhance your homecare routine.
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For mature skin: Dermalogica Multivitamin Thermofoliant
The exfoliants help refine skin texture and aid penetration of vitamins, while the advanced technology ingredients leave the complexion clean and bright. Mineral powder adds polish, while Lactic Acid and Salicylic Acid help to smooth the surface.
After cleansing, dampen your face and hands. In your palm, mix a 10 pence piece-sized amount with water. Apply to the décolleté, neck and face for 1 minute, using gentle circular action to exfoliate. Remove using a Dermalogica Sponge Cloth, and follow with your prescribed masque.
For sensitive skin: Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant
Daily Microfoliant’s skin brightening complex balances uneven pigmentation, helps to regulate melanin production and effectively removes dead and dull cells. It is gentle enough to use every day.
After cleansing, dampen your face and hands. Put a small amount of daily microfoliant in your palm and add a little water. Lather it up, adding extra water if it seems too dry. Apply to the décolleté, neck and face, using small circular motions to exfoliate for 1 minute. Remove using a Dermalogica Sponge Cloth, and follow with your prescribed masque.
For oily/acne prone skin: Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant
Gentle Cream Exfoliant will dramatically improve smoothness after just ten minutes. It helps to detach dead skin debris, and promote skin renewal.
Apply a thin layer over cleansed skin, avoiding the lips and nostrils. Use with care around the delicate eye area. Allow the product to activate for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse well. Use twice a week.
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DON’T MISS… part two in this skin care series. Sin 2 – Not Wearing Sunscreen – coming soon!