Is your skin showing signs of being dull, dry or flaky? Are there clogged pores, blemishes, or an uneven skin tone?
Exfoliation is the best home treatment to rid these problems for a healthier, more radiant and younger skin. As we age, the process of cell turnover slows down dramatically. The purpose of exfoliating is to remove accumulated excess old dead cells which in turn increases production of vibrant new healthy cells. It also prepares your skin for the specific treatment products you're using. They will be absorbed more easily giving you better results.
There are two types of Exfoliants - Physical and Chemical
Physical Exfoliants are scrubs that you apply to moist skin, massage in, and then remove with warm water. This type is for all skin conditions with the exception of blemished/acne-prone skin. It may be used 1-2 times per week for mild resurfacing. If you feel your skin is needing a deeper skin resurfacing such as peels or microdermabrasion, visit a skin professional who will be able to suggest the right treatment for your skin condition.
Be careful not to over-exfoliate. The goal is to exfoliate with minimal irritation. Be sure to only use facial-type exfoliators, not body scrubs on your face. Don't use any scrub with any rough, coarse, uneven texture that can cause skin damage by tearing into the skin as it abrades away the surface. This could cause tiny tears that damage the skin's barrier. Use creme based or micro-beaded suspensions.
Chemical Exfoliants such as Glycolic or Salicylic is a leave on exfoliant that is applied after cleansing and is for oily, acne-prone and for sun-damaged skin. This type of exfoliant is best for an acne-prone skin that you don't want to be over-stimulated by massaging in a product. A leave on exfoliant treatment gives you a low concentration of acid on a daily basis. It will keep your pores from getting clogged with dead skin cells, oil, and bacteria which is what causes breakouts. Glycolic also helps with lightening discoloration areas and with scarring.
It's important to note that you should always be diligent with sunscreen while using AHA's like Glycolic Acid or BHA's Salicylic as your skin is much more susceptible to sunburn.
Aging, Dry, Normal Skin
Janae Recommends: Crystal Clarity Microdermabrasion Creme
Normal, Combination, Oily
Janae Recommends: Foaming Facial Refiner
Oily, Acne Prone Skin & Sun Damaged Skin
Janae Recommends: Glycolic Gel Renewal
Enjoy a healthier skin by getting in a routine of exfoliating.