Your skin is constantly shedding skin cells. When this happens, smoother skin cells push their way up to the skin’s surface. However, as you age, the rate at which your body sheds dull and dead skin cells begins to slow down.
In the simplest terms, exfoliation is physically or chemically removing those dead and dulling skin cells. Exfoliating helps speed up your skin’s process and helps it to behave younger.
Physical exfoliators work against the top layers of the skin to remove dead, dulling surface cells via rubbing and sloughing. These can include crystals, micro-fine granules and natural beads.
Instead of physically sloughing the dead cells away, chemical exfoliants dissolve the intercellular glue that holds dead skin cells together. Chemical exfoliators penetrate deeper into the skin and can be a great option for skin that has deep congestion, is more resistive, or can’t tolerate physically scrubbing their face.
Without proper exfoliation, dead skin cells can get trapped on the skin’s surface. When they’re trapped, they build up. This leads to clogged pores, dark spots, rough skin texture, more pronounced wrinkles, dullness, dryness and more. Exfoliation ensures dead cells are swept away, revealing smoother, brighter, more refined skin.
Below are a few of our favorite exfoliating products, which are available for purchase in our spa.
Premier 10% and 20% Glycolic Antioxidant Face Cream
- Glycolic Acid helps to gently slough, or exfoliate, the dead cell layer which manifests fine lines and uneven skin tones. When the dead cells of the skin’s most outer layer are removed, newer, fresher skin is revealed. With continued use, the appearance of fine lines seems to fade, and clearer, more supple skin is achieved.