Time to polish!
With the warmer days and tons of events ahead, there are so many questions about how and how much to exfoliate, let's take a few moments to review.
Dead skin cells build up on the surface over time, and can make imperfections look worse; leaving the skin looking hard, dull, or lack-luster. Pigmentation can also rise to the service and cluster into dark spots or splotches.
Physical exfoliants give an immediate feel-good smoothing and glow to the skin and can easily be added to your skin regimen as needed. Most of us know these types of exfoliants best because of their ease of use and availability. One of my favorites is the Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant- add a dash of water or any cleanser for brightening and smoothing. (Here's a secret: it actually contains lactic acid too!)
Chemical exfoliants often get a bad rap because of the infamous visual of red, peeling skin where the client has to hide from everyone but the mailman for several days after treatment, but there are many different types and varieties with various effects:
TCA peels focus on removing much of the corneum (outmost layer) and have some side effects of sensitivity, visible peeling, and require some downtime.
Hydroxy acids break up the bonds of skin cells and allow them to fall from the surface and encourage more even shedding.
Enzyme exfoliants work similarly by dissolving dead skin cell proteins. They can be particularly beneficial to oily skin types with their ability to prevent blockages around follicles, and to mature skin types with their ability to induce better natural cell turnover.
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Of course, the most important follow-up to any exfoliant is replenishing moisture and SPF protection- numbers aren't everything. Look for physical sunscreens such as zinc or titanium dioxide, which are no longer chalky as they once were with the advancement in refining technologies. Higher numbers can be achieved with chemical sunscreens, but you run the risk of adding heat and irritation from such formulations. (Don't forget to check expiration dates.) More on sunscreens next month...