Let's talk exfoliation - why we need it and how to do it. One of the most important steps of regular skin maintenance is exfoliation. Unfortunately, this step is often executed incorrectly or simply ignored. Exfoliation helps with cell turnover, encouraging the growth of new, healthy cells.
You're probably thinking - doesn't my skin do this on its own? Yes! BUT...encouraging cell turnover plays a major role in maintaining youthful, radiant skin and diminishes the appearance of acne scarring and fine lines, and evens skin tone. The process of manually removing dead skin cells jump starts cell turnover, encourages growth of new, healthy cells leading to a more radiant you.
Now we know that the skin is the largest organ of the body and has a vital role in our overall health. Your skin can not perform at the highest level if the cells are damaged from UV radiation, chemicals in the air, temperature changes, and other unavoidable environmental assaults that occur daily. As these cells continually protect you, they become damaged, so they must be replaced.
Fortunately, our skin is continually producing new cells that migrate towards the top layer of skin (the layer of skin that is exposed to the elements) as they mature. This uppermost layer of dead skin can be naturally sloughed away through contact with objects and by the new skin cells continuing to push upwards from below. If these dead skin cells are not removed, they present a risk for clogged pores and bacterial infections, creating ideal conditions for breakouts. Cell turnover is necessary for a radiant appearance and overall health.
As we age, our cell turnover becomes sluggish. Babies can see turnover in as little as two weeks, teens in 30 days, but adults can take 45+ days. Luckily, you don't have to depend on your natural turnover, you can exfoliate! Through manual and enzyme exfoliation, you can remove those dead skin cells to reveal newer, plumper cells.
Scheduling a facial to attain desired exfoliation can be confusing. Hopefully information regarding our facials and different types of exfoliation will alleviate some of that confusion. Our facials offer two different types of exfoliation - enzyme and manual. Each type can achieve different results and should be selected by your skin type and comfort level. The Pumpkin Enzyme Treatment uses and pumpkin enzymes and naturally occurring glycolic acid to remove dead skin cells. The Dermaplane Facial, Custom Organic Facial, and Aromatherapy Facial all use manual exfoliation. The Dermaplane Facial uses a scalpel to manually remove any dead skin cells laying on the skin's surface while the Custom Organic Facial and Aromatherapy Facial use a gentle abrasive that removes dead skin cells. Each type of exfoliation is completely natural with maximum results.
Even though exfoliating is beneficial, over-exfoliating can lead sensitivity, redness, and irritation. Typically you can safely use enzyme exfoliates biweekly, most manual exfoliates every five days, and dermaplane monthly. Make sure to inform your esthetician about any home exfoliates before any facial.
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