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Skin exfoliation assists in the removal of dead skin cells to:
Improve skin smoothness and tone
Speed up cell renewal
Allow for increased penetration of active conditioners from subsequent products.
As our skin cells renew, old skin cells harden and lose moisture, creating a dull, lackluster appearance that can cause clogging and congestion. As we age, damaged, contaminated cells do not always fall from our skin.
Through professional and home exfoliation duling cells are effectively removed, and newer cells are revealed for a fresher, healthier appearance.
What is an exfoliant?
An exfoliant is any agent that removes dead skin cells and triggers new cells to push towards the skin's surface. Exfoliants can be physical, chemical or both, and usage is dependant on individual skin care needs.
Physical exfoliants use friction to remove dead skin cells either through the use of a tool (such as a brush or sponge), or a gentle abrasive (such as corn cob meal, rice bran or oatmeal).
Chemical exfoliants dissolve the intercellular 'glue' that attaches cells to the surface. Hydroxy acids, Salicylic Acid, Retinol, and enzymes (proteins that break the chemical bonds of older cells and digest them) are a few examples of chemical exfoliants.
Hydroxy acids are the most common form of home chemical exfoliation because they are extremely effective and, when used properly, very safe.
Glycolic Acid was the first Hydroxy acid to be used in a cosmetic application and is still widely used despite a high incidence of skin irritation. Lactic and Salicylic acids, which are as effective as Glycolic Acid, are now the choice of leading skin care professionals because they deliver the same level of results with consideably less irritation and have exibited anti-inflammatory properties.
What about over-exfoliation?
Aggresive exfoliation treatments such as dermabrasion and chemical peels have led to over-exfoliation of skin. Research at The International dermal Institute indicates a series of exfoliation treatments can be much more effective than one very aggressive 'lunchtime' procedure. In fact any skin treatment - including exfoliation - that causes skin to become red and irritated is triggering the inflammatory response, which in turn accelerates premature ageing.
What to expect during an exfoliation treatment
Exfoliation treatments will consist of a professional double cleanse to remove all traces of make-up, moisturisers, sunscreens and debris. Your face mapping skin analysis will determine the use of chemical or physical exfoliants (or even a combination of both), and possibly electric brushes to facilitate action of the exfoliants.
After your skin is exfoliated, your skin therapist will apply hydrating, brightening and/or purifying treatments. If performed during the day, sunscreen must be applied to shield and protect skin.
Dermalogica Microzone Flash Exfoliation treatments can help resurface and brighten skin in under 20 minutes. They are the ideal maintenance service between Dermalogica skin treatments or your prescribed exfoliation treatment.
Exfoliation and spf
When professional exfoliation is performed, it is important to apply sun protection (daylight defences) to protect the skin, as the sensitivity of the skin has been increased by the exfoliation. Continue to wear daylight defence every day to shield skin from UV light damage.
Below are links to Dermalogica products for exfoliation of your skin that may be suggested: