Exfoliation of the skin involves removing the dead surface skin cells to achieve facial rejuvenation. It is beneficial to every skin type regardless of age. You can lightly exfoliate your skin at home with a wide array of over-the-counter products. For a mid- to high-level exfoliation treatment you should turn to a trained medical professional and explore the many options such as chemical peels or microabrasion techniques. It is suggested that you regularly undergo the process as a form of skin rejuvenation and maintenance.
Exfoliation is a Natural Process
Your skin naturally exfoliates on a daily basis by shedding dead skin cells and creating new replacements. However, as you age and your skin becomes damaged by pollutants and UV rays the exfoliating capabilities of your skin decreases which can make fine lines more noticeable and your complexion will appear dull. Using an exfoliation technique simply speeds along the regeneration process and assists your skin in the natural act of shedding unwanted, dead cells so you can experience faster facial rejuvenation.
Types of Exfoliants
There are many different types of exfoliants. Some products can be purchased at stores and others are only available to trained medical personnel. You will need to decide which level and type will work best for your specific needs. Many people opt to undergo a professional exfoliation method and then maintain their appearance using at-home products.
Benefits of Exfoliation
Here are several benefits:
- Rapidly reveals vibrant skin for a younger appearance.
- Minimizes the appearance of pores
- Cleans out pores to prevent breakouts
- Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Encourages collagen production
- Improves skin’s ability to absorb products for maximum hydration
Whole Body Exfoliation
Many people mistakenly believe that exfoliation is only for the face but your entire body benefits from a brisk scrub. Some areas such as the hands, knees, elbows, and feet often require harder scrubbing. Your skin’s tone will even out and if you tan then you will achieve better coloration.
When to Exfoliate
Remove all your makeup before starting the process or the debris could be forced into your pores and cause breakouts. Ideally, you should exfoliate in the morning because your skin renews itself overnight. This will quickly reveal the fresh, new skin that was generated the previous night.
If you are interested in undergoing derma-grade exfoliation through either a chemical or mechanical process then please contact the medical professionals at the Laser Skin & Vein Clinic to schedule a consultation to discuss your options.