What is exfoliation?

Exfoliation involves the removal of the oldest dead skin cells on the skin’s outermost surface. Exfoliation is involved in all facials. Exfoliation can be achieved by mechanical or chemical products.

What are the benefits of exfoliation?

-removes dead skin cells

-helps maintain skin health and youthfulness

-improves blood flow

-fades visible blemishes and dark spots

-diminishes fine lines

-optimizes the penetration of creams and serums

What are mechanical exfoliants?

 a female with exfoliated skin on her face

Mechanical exfoliants include microfiber cloths, adhesive exfoliation sheets, micro-bead facial scrubs, sugar or salt crystals, pumice, and abrasive materials such as sponges, loofahs, brushes.

One of my personal favorites to use on our clients & on myself at home is:

ZO exfoliating polish

ZO exfoliating polish cream

Magnesium crystals exfoliate dead skin cells to create a clear, smooth and even toned complexion and can be found in complexion medical laser clinics.

What are chemical exfoliations?

 Brush on woman's face

Chemical exfoliants are mainly made up of one or a number of acids like  salicylic acid, potent Vitamin C compounds, glycolic acid, fruit enzymes, citric acid, malic acid or retinol (Vitamin A) which may be applied in high concentrations by a medical professional, or in lower concentrations in over-the-counter products

I personally suffer from pigmentation spots from acne scares and uneven skin tone  due to pregnancy mask aka melasma, because of that I’m always more interested in products that help exfoliate the skin with out adding steps to my morning routine.

ZO 10% Vitamin C has become one of my holy grail products as its super easy to use and can be layered with other skin care that I love.

It helps fade dark spots and keeps my skin looking bright and

Can be found in complexion laser clinics.

ZO 10% Vitamin C

ZO10 Vitamin C cream placed ontop of oranges

This potent dose of vitamin c brightens and redefines skin, promoting a more even ski tone, and minimizing fine lines and wrinkles for a smoother complexion.

How often should you be exfoliating your skin?

Exfoliation is one of the key steps of keeping your skin fresh bright and youthful. If exfoliation is a new step that your trying to add to your skin routine try starting with 1-2 times per week morning or night.

Exfoliation on the body is very important and is easily done in every shower with a loofa, body brush, scrubs or bamboo brush.

Exfoliation recipe with house hold ingredients that will blow your mind!

I’m about to share with you one of the best inexpensive exfoliation hacks!

*Disclaimer*

This recipe isn’t meant to be used every time you exfoliate but offers an alternative when your skin might need an extra push to get that glow back.

Baking soda and Milk!!

 Baking Soda and Milk

These two combined make a great at home treatment you can do once a month.

The astringent properties of baking soda will help remove blackheads and eliminate the accumulation of oils and dirt. Thanks to its alkaline properties exfoliating with it will help oxygenate the skin and prevent premature wrinkles. The milk will supply vitamins to the skin also acting as a natural hydrant containing lactic acid that will increase the production of collagen and elasticity. Over all leaving your skin feeling soft, bright and hydrated.

Instructions

-1 table spoon of baking soda

-1 table spoon of milk

  • Mix baking soda with milk until you have a paste like consistency
  • Apply to the face, with finger tips massaging in small circular movements
  • Cover the entire face and let sit for 5-10 min
  • Remove with your chose of warm or cold water.

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About the Author:

This article was written by our very own Medical Laser Specialist, Nazrene Khan. Nazrene has been a beauty & skin expert for 8 years now. She has worked for large companies including Estée LauderDeclior and Clarins. Feel free to contact her if you have any question about beauty and skincare. Give us a call or send her an email at Nazrene@themedicalaserclinic.com

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