Monday, June 1, 2009

Beauty Talk: Skin Exfoliation - Part I


Dull, tired looking skin? With the help of exfoliation you can make it smooth and radiant again!

Why do you need to exfoliate?
Skin exfoliation is a naturally occurring process. However, often your skin does need help with it.
Over the course of life cycle skin cells move from dermis to the epidermis. When they reach the top they die. But these dead cells don’t miraculously disappear, they often accumulate and cause skin’s surface to appear rough and dull. That’s why regular exfoliation is one of the effective ways for maintaining radiant healthy skin.

Exfoliation is removal of dead cells from the skin’s surface. Not only exfoliation immediately provides you with polished glowing skin, it also stimulates turnover of skin cells, unclogs pores and promotes better skin care products penetration.

There are 2 major exfoliation techniques and exfoliation products:
1.Mechanical
2.Chemical

Which one to choose?
Your choice will depend on several criteria but mainly on your skin type, skin condition and the aim of exfoliation treatment. If you have sensitive skin type or acne, don’t use mechanical exfoliation. It can be stressful on the skin and some mechanical scrubs can even create micro cuts which will exacerbate your condition. Have oily thick skin not prone to break outs? Trying to fight acne? Need to improve sun damaged skin? In my next posts I will look closer at mechanical and chemical exfoliation to help you choose which is best for you.

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2 comments:

faystie said...

Wow. nice post. I am now applying a toner and it seems like it has some kind of exfoliating effect on my skin. Do toners really have exfoliating effect?

BeautyTalk said...

@ faystie Depends on the toner. If it contains some acids (like glycolic, for example) or some exfoliating enzyme, it can tone and exfoliate as well.

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