Everyday many skin cells die and many new ones are generated. So, it makes sense that, after some time, there will be an accumulation of dead skin cells on the surface of the skin. These accumulated cells provide place for further trapping and accumulation of dirt particles and the skin making the skin old and dull looking. It becomes essential to exfoliate or remove this upper layer of dead cells) by following regular exfoliation techniques. The younger you are, the faster the turnover rate of your skin cells is. Therefore, younger skin does not need to be exfoliated as often. However, as we age, it becomes necessary to follow an exfoliation routine.
Benefits of Exfoliation:
Exfoliation removes the upper most epidermal layer and therefore does not reach the dermis layer. Exfoliation of the epidermal layer is great for lessening the appearance fine lines and wrinkles and also allows better penetration of skin care products. Also, since exfoliation helps reduce the secretion of skin oils or sebum this may prove beneficial for people with oily skin and help in acne control to some extent. In all, exfoliation acts as a mode of completely cleaning the skin and promoting growth of new skin cells which make the skin healthy and younger looking.
Exfoliation is a gentle treatment but excessive exfoliation can damage the skin as well because by this you might end up harming the layer of new cells. This might lead to skin damage and irritation. Carefully choose your exfoliation routine (one to three times per a week) depending on your age and skin type. It is not only the face that needs to be exfoliated but the treatment is effective for the whole body.
Treatment sessions are available at different spas and salons where cleansing and exfoliation is performed by the trained staff. The cost per session varies depending on whether you want to get your face cleaned or you opt for whole body exfoliation. Facial cleaning would include the use of face packs or chemical peels with alpha and beta hydroxyl acids to aid exfoliation.
Apart from this there are numerous exfoliation lotions available which can be easily applied and massaged gently onto your face and body. It should always be remembered that after exfoliation you should always tone and moisturize the area as this promotes the growth of new cells. There are microdermabrasion treatments which are yet another way of exfoliating and can be performed by using off the shelf kits or more aggressive microderms can be done at a medical spa or dermatologist office. There are also devices like Clarisonic Mia Sonic Skin Cleaning tool. It comes with a variety of brushes (for body and face). The speed and duration of this face brush can be adjusted for the desired treatment. This tool makes the experience of exfoliating the skin effective, easy to perform and relaxing as well. Thus, getting a younger looking skin is easier to achieve with so many options available for exfoliating the skin.
Naomi Andrews is a professional esthetician and skin care expert. She has worked in several spas and medical spas around the world and has a special interest in sensitive skin care. She researches about new and innovative acne skin care systems and informs about it to her readers.