Has your skin been dull, flaky or uneven lately? It could be related to environmental changes, allergies, sun damage, even stress — or it could just be because of skin aging. (Don’t worry, it happens to everyone.) Fortunately, there is something you can do about it: exfoliate!
As we age, our skin can lose its glow because the natural cell-turnover process slows down. This can cause dull, dead skin cells to cling to our skin’s surface longer. By removing dry, dull debris and revealing the softer, smoother skin underneath – exfoliation helps bring our inner glow back to the surface.
Exfoliating also helps targeted treatments and moisturizers better penetrate the skin; reduces breakout-causing congestion; helps smooth rough, callused areas; and helps prevent ingrown hairs.
choosing the right exfoliant
There are many forms of exfoliants, but the most common categories are physical and chemical.
The following products contain physical exfoliants – which tend to be relatively mild, quick and easy to use.
Chemical exfoliants take powerful ingredients to a new level by using a skin-friendly blend of exfoliating acids and enzymes – making them gentle enough to use daily or weekly.
Some exfoliants are a combination of both physical and chemical, such as MultiVitamin Thermafoliant. This exfoliant refines skin texture and enhances vitamin delivery.
The best method for you will depend on your skin condition and concerns, as well as personal preferences, time and money. In general, the more sensitive your skin is, the less friction and frequency you’ll want to use.
To find your ideal exfoliation method, see a Dermalogica skin therapist for a personalized prescription or compare our exfoliants.
- avoid abrasive scrubs
Skip scrubs made with sugar, salt or nuts as they can tear and irritate the skin. Instead, look for scrubs with Jojoba, Corncob, or Rice Bran in them. When used as scrubs, these ingredients aren’t gentle enough for dry, aging, sensitized or genetically sensitive skin. (If you have oily skin, consider an oil-absorbing scrub made of clays such as Kaolin or Diatomaceous.)
- exfoliate in the a.m.
When exfoliating at home, it’s best to do so prior to applying moisturizer, anti-aging treatments, sunscreen or makeup. (Tip: exfoliation can also help makeup last longer.)
- everything in moderation
When it comes to exfoliation, more is not better. Over-exfoliating can cause dehydration and make the skin more prone to sensitization, irritation, accelerated aging and UV damage. Most people only need to exfoliate their skin a few times a week. If you prefer to exfoliate more often, use a mild exfoliant that is designed to be used daily.
The rest of your skin care regimen can also impact your peel results. For more personalised advice, ask a professional skin therapist on how to incorporate peels into your lifestyle with our virtual consultations.