What exactly is exfoliation? Why is it necessary? What do I use to exfoliate? How often do I do it? For the everyday men and women of the world, these questions seem to ring clear. With the annual growth of the skincare market in the U.S showing no signs of decelerating; it’s not uncommon to see words like exfoliate in our magazines, Facebook newsfeeds, makeup tutorials and even commercial television. So, hit the lights, and take a good look at this “holy grail” of skincare with us!
Humans shed around 30,000 skin cells every minute, which results in the loss of roughly 43,200,000 cells daily! Whoa. Exfoliation is the process in which the dead skin cells are mechanically or chemically removed from the surface of the skin, aiding your body’s natural process of removing all of those cells. Think of your skin as a machine, constantly renewing itself; however, sometimes even the best of machines need a little help to fully optimize the job. Each day, your skin is exposed to environmental damages, which causes build-up, residue and clogged pores. The process of exfoliation accelerates the sloughing off of dead cells.
As we age, our natural ability to shed these dead skin cells begins slowing down. Aging can begin as early as 25, so understanding the importance of skin care techniques early could be your saving grace. When you’re young, your skin renews itself about every 28 days.
This is why exfoliation should be an important part of your regimen. With the old cells being shed at such a fast rate, the new cells need to be brought to the surface. By exfoliating, you remove the superficial layer of the skin, leaving behind your true skin.
There are many ways to exfoliate. Mechanical exfoliation is described as using modalities such as brushes, sponges or facial scrubs. Mechanical exfoliation is most commonly known for at-home use. Mechanical exfoliation is a great method for those who have oily or acne-prone skin. Mechanical exfoliation should be done no more than two times per week, to prevent irritation.
Chemical Exfoliation is another option. Chemical peels and fruit enzymatic peels are options that could be explored for those with sensitive or dry skin. Most chemical exfoliations nourish the skin with additives, leaving the skin radiant for one to two weeks. We recommend visiting an Amerejuve professional for a series of treatments to see maximum results. With chemical exfoliations, treating your skin in intervals of two to three weeks is preferred.
Over-exfoliation of the skin can cause damage to both the epidermis and dermis, by removing the protective acid mantle and sensitizing the skin. Damage can be permanent in some cases, removing pigment and causing scarring. Beware of the dreaded “at-home TCA peel”, as any chemicals applied to the face for the purpose of treating an issue should be performed by a licensed professional.
At Amerejuve, Our professionally-trained estheticians have the expertise to help you build a skincare regimen just for you! We use only the most advanced products and equipment, and stay up-to-date on the newest skincare advances to give you optimal results. When it comes to your skin, Amerejuve takes the cake!