Exfoliate the years away

 

The popular saying for great skin has always been cleanse, tone and moisturise. To clean and hydrate the skin seems to be a given but there is another under estimated step to youthful, glowing skin and that is the removal of dead skin cells though exfoliation. Every day we shed tiny skin cells on the surface of our skin, this keeps our existing skin new and fresh. When skin dies, little holes appears on it and this lets out our natural oil and water thus making us dry and wrinkles form. Unfortunately as we get older, our skin naturally exfoliates lesser and lesser so by the time we reach the 25 year mark the process has doubled and 30 days drags out to 60 days for the exfoliation process to take place.

This is where exfoliations come into play, there are different types of exfoliations you can use to help your skin regain its soft look. The most well known exfoliants are called ‘scrubs’, these have tiny granules that mechanically remove the dead skin cells. Although this choice is popular, it’s not for everyone as the granules can be quite harsh on older, sagging skin and make broken capillaries appear more red and irritated. Scrubs would be more suitable for teens, men and women in their twenties and early thirties because scrubs are recommended mostly for oily, thicker skins.

Everyone over the age of 30 should be using an acid or peel on their skin. These are also known as glycolic acid, lactic acid or AHAs (a combination of them both) because these are amazing for a deeper exfoliation of pigmentations, wrinkles, scars and older skins these AHAs will give a better result to older skins then scrubs will. Scrubs may be preferred for some of you because you like to feel that you are scrubbing the skin clean and that’s fine but if you want to see better results and bright, smoothed skin they are better off using AHAs. For best results a professional treatment is recommended as the strength of these AHA can be higher in the salon for the professional facials but there is also products that can be used more frequently at home with a lower percentage of AHAs.