WHAT IS EXFOLIATING?
It is the process of removing dead skin cells from the out layers of the skin (the EPIDERMIS).
Exfoliation helps to remove the build up of dead skin, our skin naturally sheds dead skin cells all the time (dust is our homes is made up of 20-50% of dead skin – GROSS). This process is called desquamation!
Did you know, the human skin produces about one million skin cells every 40 minutes?! As skin cells are produced from the deepest layer and move towards the surface, older cells harden, lose moisture, and detach from skin.
Exfoliating gently and regularly helps to reveal our fresh glowing skin underneath. It also helps us to absorb our moisturisers and serums better as they are not being wasted on dry dead skin on the surface.
Exfoliating improves texture making our skin feel smoother and helps oil (sebum) to flow out of our pores onto our skin (which makes our skin soft and barrier function properly) without getting clogged and causing acne, blackheads etc
As we age, desquamation slows down.
CHEMICAL v PHYSICAL
Physical exfoliants remove dead skin cells by using friction, you physically “scratch” off the dead skin which means you have to be careful to not cause damage. Avoid nut shells or ground-up fruit pits!! Instead look for ingredients such as Rice Bran, Charcoal or Oat Powder.
Chemical exfoliants work by dissolving the intercellular “glue” that attaches skin cells, allowing them to separate. Chemical exfoliants include Lactic Acid, Glycolic Acid and Salicylic Acid, they come in varying strengths for at home use right through to in salon advanced chemical peels.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU EXFOLIATE?
There are exfoliants that can be used everyday that are gentle and more suited to sensitive skin or to someone “NEW” to exfoliating and there are stronger exfoliants that can be used 1-2 times are week that offer a deeper exfoliation. Everyones different and its best to start gently and work your way up.
Sometimes it is easier to create a habit of doing something everyday than trying to remember to do something 1-2 times a week.
Exfoliating is a key step in everyones skin care routine.
WHICH (DERMALOGICA) EXFOLIANT IS RIGHT FOR YOU?
MILKFOLIANT: Calming vegan exfoliating powder polishes skin while supporting the skin’s moisture barrier.
MICROFOLIANT: A Skin Brightening Complex helps balance uneven skin tone while a super-soothing blend of Colloidal Oatmeal and Allantoin helps calm skin
SUPERFOLIANT: Highly-active resurfacer delivers your smoothest skin ever, and helps fight environmental triggers known to accelerate skin ageing
1-2 TIMES A WEEK
HYDRO MASQUE EXFOLIANT: Hydrating and exfoliating 5-minute masque smoothes and renews for luminous, healthy-looking skin.
MULTIVITAMIN THERMOFOLIANT: Powerful skin polisher combines physical and chemical exfoliants to refine skin texture and enhance vitamin delivery. Unique thermal technology activates upon contact with water to stimulate skin-sloughing Lactic Acid, Salicylic Acid and Retinol as antioxidants help condition and even skin tone.
RAPID REVEAL PEEL: Our maximum-strength exfoliant delivers powerful results with no downtime
- Dissolves dulling surface debris to reveal bright, healthy looking skin
- Reduces appearance of fine lines and smooths skin texture
- Helps maintain radiant-looking results between professional peel treatments
BREAKOUT CLEARING LIQUID PEEL: Banish breakouts and achieve smoother skin texture with this powerful peel formulated for breakout-prone skin. It exfoliates deep under the skin to remove dead skin cells and excess oil. Say goodbye to rough texture, breakouts, and hyperpigmentation, and hello to clearer, brighter skin.