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Ever wonder why you should exfoliate, or how to exfoliate your skin?
Exfoliation is not a new topic, and it is said that even Cleopatra used exfoliation products in her beauty regimen. Exfoliation is the cosmetic practice of removing dead skin cells from the epidermis, the top layer of the skin. Dead skin can clog pores and leave skin looking dull. Exfoliation encourages cell renewal, the process by which your skin replenishes itself. By revealing new skin and sloughing away the old, you're also improving the skin's ability to absorb products that you apply on your skin and giving your skin that healthy glow.
What can I do at home?
Start with a Retin-A at night time to help exfoliation and speed up your cell turnover. Over time you will notice a difference in fine lines, even skin tone and some coarse wrinkles. Start with a low strength or a slow release 2-3 times a week to get your skin adjusted.
Not a fan of Retin-A? Another option is a glycolic moisturizer, such as SkinMedica 15% AHA/BHA Cream or SkinCeuticals Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight. These products help exfoliate dead skin cells and help improve the appearance of skin texture, tone and smoothness. It nourishes and protects skin from free radical damage with vitamins and antioxidants.
Step it up!
Regular use of at-home products can help keep skin exfoliated, however in office treatments such as dermaplaning or light chemical peels can quickly remove large amounts of dead skin helping with tone and texture and leaving your skin feeling smooth. A Micropeel is a great start to give your skin that healthy glow!
Don’t overdo it
Excessively red, tight or dry skin is a sign of inflammation is an indication that you might have to decrease the frequency of your routine at home or treatment with your Aesthetician. A combination of at-home and in-office treatments is the best way to really see the results you are looking for, also let your provider know which products you are using at home and the ingredients in your products.