The skin has a natural process of exfoliation that occurs when skin cells form in the lower layer of the epidermis and then migrate to the surface and are then shed. The purpose is to keep the skin's protective barrier intact by shedding old skin cells which may be damaged or contaminated and contain bacteria or other microorganisms. Cell renewal becomes slower as we age and old skin cells can accumulate on the surface instead of being shed. Exfoliation stimulates cell renewal faster than the skin can achieve on its own and thus gives your skin a greater lustre, a softer surface and fewer wrinkles.
Exfoliation can also help treat clogged pores, acne, dryness - almost in the same way that improved cell regeneration makes for healthier skin. There are different types of exfoliating products, which makes it easier to find the particular one that suits your skin type and your skin conditions. A mechanistic, systematic peeling scrubs away the old skin cells with small grains and many people find them beneficial because it leaves you with a super-clean feeling afterwards. However, scrub peelings should be avoided for people with sensitive skin or acne. Then there is an enzyme peeling, which is applied as a mask and loosens the bonds between the skin cells. Then, last but not least we have acid peelings, which can be either mild or powerful, and come in different forms, such as mask-like, peel pads, leave-on or as gels, creams etc. Don't forget that exfoliation makes the remaining steps in your skin care routine more effective as the ingredients can penetrate easier! Do not hesitate to contact us if you are unsure of which exfoliation is right for you.