Exfoliation is a process that removes dead skin cells from the outermost layer of skin- the epidermis. It has been used for many years to help maintain healthy skin.
Why we need to?
Exfoliating the face and body helps to regenerate our skin. Your skin is constantly producing new cells at a rate of 50,000 cells per minute. Things like age, diet, pollution and weather all play a role in dead skin cells not shedding themselves naturally. If we aren’t removing the old cells we can get build up on our face giving us an uneven and tired look. More importantly exfoliating helps moisturisers and serums to penetrate more deeply into the skin as there isn’t a barrier of dead cells stopping it from reaching our new cells. Exfoliating is more then just removing dead cells. It also helps to decongest pores, refine scars and wrinkles and lightens and brightens the skin.
How often should we be exfoliating?
I recommend to most of my clients that they should be exfoliating their face once a week, at the very least. Mature skins can be doing it up to 3 times a week as long as their skin isn’t overly sensitive. Treating yourself to a facial with a professional peel or microdermabrasion once a month is also a great way to encourage cell turnover and keep your complexion clean, bright and youthful.
Ways to exfoliate
Scrubs are the most simple and connivent way to exfoliate your face and body. Scrubs are considered “mechanical” exfoliation as they always consist of a rough or abrasive particle in some type of cream that is meant to “rub” the dead skin cells off the face or body with manual manipulation. Finding a good quality scrub for your skin can sometimes be tricky. Some scrubs can be doing more harm then good for your skin depending on what’s inside them. For example a scrub that contains a rough particle that is uneven and jagged can cause micro tears on the skin instead of actually exfoliating away the dead cells. Over time this can be damaging to your complexion. I recommend finding a natural skin therapist who can recommend a good quality scrub.
Loofahs and Bristle Brushes
Only to be used on your body. Using a nice natural loofah or bristle brush all over your body in gentle circular motions can help with blood circulation, cellulite and of course sloughing off those dead cells. This is another easy way to exfoliate your body as it can be done in the shower with your favourite body wash or soap.
Microdermabrasion is a non-chemical, non-invasive procedure that uses a spray of microcrystals to remove the outermost layer of dry, dead skin cells. It is also considered as “mechanical” exfoliation. Microdermabrasion is really good for scars and pigmentation and has no downtime at all.
A professional peel works by dissolving the “glue” that holds dead skin cells together. It will inturn assist in accelerating cellular renewal, evening out and brightening the complexion. There are two different types of peels, AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) and BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acid). The most common types of AHA’s used in cosmetics are lactic or glycolic acids. AHA’s can be naturally derived or synthetically created. The most well-known BHA is salicylic acid which is found in willow bark. Both AHA’s and BHA’s work in a similar way to loosen or dissolve the intercellular “glue”.
Microdremabrasion and Peels are great ways to accelerate the exfoliation process and must be performed by a trained professional.
At Brisbane Natural Beauty we offer active fruit enzyme peels and AHA peels that work to regenerate the skin without the harsh chemicals involved in chemical peels.
Exfoliation is an important part of everyone’s beauty routine. To ensure you are using the correct exfoliation method for your skin, book in with one of our natural beauty therapists for a consultation.