A facial treatment at your spa should include cleansing, massage and hydration. The first phase in a facial usually involves some kinds of exfoliation. As you consider the optimal routine for your skin, you should prioritize regular exfoliation. Whether you plan on exfoliating your skin at home or at the spa, the process is very effective in improving the overall health of your skin.
How does skin work?
Your skin is made up of several different layers. The outermost layer consists almost entirely of dead cells. This layer forms the initial barrier between your internal organs and the outside world. As the next layer of fresh skin cells emerges to become the top layer, the current top layer begins to slough away. This can cause your face to appear dry and flaky.
What is exfoliation?
Microdermabrasion and exfoliation are sometimes confused with each other. Microdermabrasion removes the entire top layer of skin, leaving the next layer exposed. Exfoliating your skin simply removes the extra dead skin cells that are already ready to come off. This keeps skin looking fresh and prevents the undesirable flaky look.
What types of exfoliation exist?
You may not be aware that there are two different types of exfoliation. Chemical exfoliants, also called acid exfoliants, are applied to the skin and then left in place rather than being rinsed off. Chemical exfoliants often include BHA, AHA, and glycolic acid. Some have enzymes drawn from natural sources like fruits, flowers, and herbs. When a chemical exfoliant is applied, it immediately begins working to take off dead cells, requiring almost no effort on your part. In contrast, physical exfoliants necessitate some work from you.
Physical exfoliants are usually in the form of scrubs, brushes, or special sponges. Each of these methods requires you to rub or scrub your skin with the exfoliant in order to remove the dead skin cells and reap all the benefits of exfoliation. If you go to a spa for an exfoliation treatment, the spa technician does the physical work of exfoliation for you. They may use some of both types of exfoliants to achieve the ideal results.
How does exfoliation benefit skin?
Exfoliating your skin expedites the natural process of dead skin cell removal. This is actually good for skin as the exfoliation process improves skin circulation and the regeneration of skin cells. Exfoliating your skin regularly can prevent or reverse certain skin problems. It provides aesthetic benefits as well, helping your skin stay smooth and glowing.
When is exfoliation necessary?
You can easily determine if your skin needs to be exfoliated. Find some regular clear tape and tear off a short piece. Stick it to your forehead, massage it for a few seconds, and then take it off. When you look at the piece of tape, you may see tiny flakes of your skin adhering to it. If so, your skin is definitely in need of exfoliation.
Exfoliating as frequently as possible at home or at the spa should cause immediate improvement in the overall appearance and health of your skin. When done correctly, exfoliation can prevent breakouts, blemishes, and the scars or marks that they leave behind. If your skin begins to redden or feel raw, you may be exfoliating too much. Once you find products that work well for your skin, develop an exfoliation routine that feels right for you.