Exfoliation: What Exactly Does it Do and How Often Should I Do it?

Exfoliation: What Exactly Does it Do and How Often Should I Do it?

What is Exfoliation?

Exfoliation is the process of removing “dead” corneocyte cells from the outermost layer of your skin. This can be achieved through physical exfoliants, like scrubs containing tiny granules, or chemical exfoliants, which use acids or enzymes to dissolve dead skin cells.

As we age, our skin's cellular renewal slows. When this happens the skin can appear dull, textured, dry, or uneven. Regularly exfoliating with enzymes or acids will promote a smoother, healthier appearance to the skin. Lactic Acid has the added benefit of promoting hydration in the epidermis, making it our top choice for dry or sensitive skin. Salicylic Acid and Glycolic Acid are our top choices for acne prone skin as they simultaneously decongest the skin and reduce inflammation.


How Often Should You Exfoliate?

The frequency of exfoliation depends on your skin condition and the type of exfoliant you are using. Exfoliating toners are formulated to be used daily, while some targeted exfoliating masks are designed to use weekly. Our rule of thumb is to start slow and adjust as needed. When introducing a new exfoliant you should start with 1-2 times per week and gradually increase if your skin tolerates it.


Tips for Effective Exfoliation

Out top tips for exfoliating safely are to choose the right product for your skin type, use sparingly and always follow up with SPF.

For sensitive skin we love the Derma-Lac Lotion or the Botanical Infused Moisturizing Toner

For acne prone skin we love the Sebu-Tone Clarifier or the Concentrated Alpha-Hydroxy Toner.

For aging/pigmentation we recommend the Tri-BioBotanical Revival Masque. This mask is nicknamed 'Face Lift in a Jar' and combines three acids to rejuvenate the skin.

In conclusion, exfoliation is a key step in maintaining healthy, vibrant skin. By understanding your skin type and choosing the right exfoliation method and frequency, you can achieve a radiant complexion without overdoing it.

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