Exfoliation, how much is enough?

This is a step that is often overlooked.  Did you know that in a young healthy skin, it takes the body 28 days to shed itself?  This is called desquamation.

Just like the way a snake slides out of its old skin and leaves behind a sheath of dead skin.  Our bodies need to go through this sloughing process as we are constantly creating new cells.  But as we age, our cell turnover rate slows down too.  After the age of 20, a person produces 1% less collagen in the skin each year.   So, for every year that you are, that equates to another day that it will take your skin to naturally desquamate.  That’s why we notice a dullness to our complexion and a rough texture.  How can we fix this skin epidemic?  Well, there are a number of different ways you can EXFOLIATE.  Your top 2 are by physical or chemical exfoliation.  The Physical are the ones you can get in the form of microbeads, jojoba beads, nutshells, sugar and salt.  I would save the latter for your body and use from the neck down.  This form is best suited for skinsthat are normal to combination.  A chemical exfoliation is one where digestive ingredients are used on the skin.  The fancy medical terms are AHA’s and BHA’s.  These special little skin soldiers are like little pac menand love to eat dead skin cells.  Chemical exfoliation is ideal for sensitive to anceic skins as it doesn’t create a lot of friction which won’t irritate the skin.  Both versions are great to smooth and polish the surface.

So let’s go a little deeper and understand why exfoliating is so great to have in our lives.  Just as exercise will increase metabolism in your bodies to burn fat cells, the same goes for our skin.  By exfoliating, you are stimulating the skin cells and creating more collagen production.  This in turn will allow better penetration for your products.  Call it a speedway for your homecare.  When we’ve removed the surface skin cells, we allow the products to penetrate deeper which then results in higher efficacy of the ingredients.  These ingredients will then get delivered to the right layer in the dermis and perform at its best.  So how often should we exfoliate?  Well depending on your skin type, frequency can range from daily to weekly.  Just remember the more we exfoliate the brighter our skin will be!

Just as exercise will increase metabolism in your bodies to burn fat cells, the same goes for our skin. By exfoliating, you are stimulating the skin cells and creating more collagen production.

By Susie Santos