Dr Ian Webster
Dr Ian Webster

Exfoliation

It is fairly common these days to read the term: “Get the Glow” but what does that really mean?

It means exfoliating your skin to remove dry dead skin cells from the surface of the skin, allowing new skin to surface. This process keeps the skin looking vibrant and healthy and it also prepares the skin for the penetration of active ingredients which enhances their efficacy.

We often get asked by clients what to do about dull, dehydrated skin that lacks lustre. This is one of the most common signs of skin ageing and is usually seen in more mature adults. A child’s skin has natural radiance but as we age so does the cellular renewal process and this can lead to a build-up of dead, dry skin which causes the skin to feel tight and dehydrated. Active ingredients that are needed to stimulate the deeper layers of the skin are not able to do because of this armour coated layer of dead keratin.

You can play an active role in keeping your skin smoother, brighter and more radiant by using the correct active ingredients throughout your adult life. It is very important to exfoliate the skin regularly and this doesn’t mean using means like harsh scrubs with microbeads that pollute our planet.

It is not easy to remove the dead layer of skin in this way as the dead keratin is ‘glued’ together and too much scrubbing and vigorous massaging with microbeads, brushes or even loofahs can lead to irritation, a disrupted epidermal barrier function and sensitivity.

The best way to exfoliate the skin and promote the cellular renewal process is to use active ingredients such as Retinol, Enzymes, Salicylic Acid and Alpha Hydroxy Acids which include Glycolic, Lactic, Citric acids. These exfoliating ingredients comes in a variety of formulations – cleansers, toners, day and night creams, targeted creams, serums, lotions, masks and peel pads.

“Too much scrubbing and vigorous massaging with microbeads, brushes or even loofahs can lead to irritation, a disrupted epidermal barrier function and sensitivity”

If you are using creams containing active ingredients which exfoliate the skin, there is often no need for any further exfoliation although a weekly treatment using a mask that gently exfoliates, hydrates and replenishes, always gives the skin a boost especially before a celebration or function.

How often you exfoliate with a separate exfoliating product will depend on what other exfoliating ingredients are in your daily skincare routine and your skin tolerance. Some people can use peel pads and chemical exfoliators every day, while others can only tolerate it once or twice a week but at the end of the day, only you can determine your own skin’s tolerance. Remember less is more.

Respect your skin and the process of removing the dull build-up of dead skin cells and your skin will reward you with the ‘glow’.

Posted in NEWS / Anti-Ageing on January 11th, 2018.

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