Can exfoliating make you look younger?

Just because we’re getting older, it doesn’t mean we can’t take care of our skin and do everything we can to make it youthful looking.

While some people waste their money on expensive treatments that induce various side effects and require repetitive treatments, there are some women who look younger without spending too much money.

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How do they do it? The secret to their youthful look is in exfoliation. If you don’t already exfoliate, this article will show you why you should start.

What is Exfoliation?

Exfoliation is an important part of skin care for both face and body. It involves removal the dead skin cells and other impurities that cling to the outermost layer of the skin or epidermis.

Even if you have a strict skin care regimen, you still need to exfoliate two to three times per week to remove impurities that ordinary cleansers don’t. After all, exfoliant products penetrate deeper into skin’s layers while regular cleansers stick to the surface.

Benefits of Exfoliation

Exfoliating improves the results of your skin care routine and helps rejuvenate your skin. Regardless of your skin type; oily, dry, combination skin – exfoliation can bring the new life and healthy glow to your complexion.

By removing dead skin cells from the pores and preventing them from clogging, your skin becomes refreshed and clean. Clogged pores can result in acne and blackheads. Moreover, when pores are clogged they become larger and a great way to make them less noticeable is by exfoliation.

When dead skin cells are eliminated, the skin renewal process accelerates allowing healthier and smoother skin cells to take their place. This is extremely beneficial for minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Exfoliation also fades out discoloration on your skin and it adds to even and smooth skin tone and texture.

Types of exfoliation

There are several types of exfoliation. For example:

– Mechanical exfoliation – it is recommended only once or twice a year. The treatment is known as microdermabrasion and it includes scrubbing with an abrasive material coupled with gentle suction to remove dead skin cells. The process can be done in the comfort of your home, but it is advised to let the specialist do it to get the best effects.

Chemical exfoliation – this type of exfoliation is harsh, for this purpose The Gale Encyclopedia of Internal Medicine recommends doing a patch test on a section of skin to determine your sensitivity to the product. On the other hand, products that contain alpha hydroxy acids are mild and ideal for people who struggle with acne and blemishes.

Enzyme exfoliation – refers to the usage of enzymes from fruits like papaya or pineapple to dissolve dead skin cells without friction leaving healthy skin undamaged.

Physical exfoliation – the benefit of physical exfoliation is the use of different products that are affordable and available in drugstores, cosmetic stores, etc. Also, it can be done once or twice a week and it includes scrubs such as:

1- Sugar

2- Soft-bristled brushes

3- Micro-bead facial scrubs

4- Loofah

5- Salt crystals

6- Crushed almond shells or apricot kernels

7- Pumice

8- Corneal.

exfoliate 2What product to use?

I’ve already mentioned that exfoliation is perfect for all skin types. Here is how to select the best option for your skin type:

– Normal skin – since the normal skin isn’t prone to some skin problems, you have the option to use mechanical, physical, chemical, enzyme, or a combination of these methods to exfoliate your skin.

– Oily skin – if your skin is oily, you will benefit the most if opting for physical exfoliation to remove dead skin cells. These exfoliants will also remove makeup, oil, dirt and debris that clog your pores.

– Dry skin – people with dry skin are advised to use chemical peels that will minimize the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, tighten the skin and make it look healthier.

– Sensitive skin – this skin type is prone to various skin problems and ideal exfoliation method is with enzyme exfoliants that won’t cause further damage and irritations.

– Combination skin – you should use physical scrub on your T-zone and chemical exfoliants on dry areas. If you find this complicated, you can alternate physical scrub and chemical peel i.e. first scrub, and then the next time you want to exfoliate you use chemical peel, etc.

When purchasing exfoliant you have to make sure the product is made by reputable brand and of course, research in order to find out whether it’s actually effective or not. An example of a good exfoliant for the face is Solvaderm’s Stemnucell.

This anti-aging treatment is based on cutting-edge science and its benefits include:

– Slows down the process of senescence of epithelial stem cells to maximize their longevity

– Improves production of collagen and elasticity of the skin

– Improves skin’s natural healing and regenerative properties

– Has line-erasing and anti-wrinkle effect 

Non-greasy formula nourishes the skin

– Increases cellular renewal.

The serum is made of natural ingredients like hyaluronic acid which increase moisture levels, seaweed extract makes skin smooth and soft, Malus domestica fruit cell culture is an extract from rare Swiss apple and it promotes accelerated healing, cellular renewal and has anti-aging properties.

The product can be used twice a day (morning and night). First, wash your face thoroughly, pat it dry and apply toner if you use it, then, apply a small amount of serum to your hands and distribute it evenly over your face and neck.

Conclusion

Exfoliation is an important part of skin care routine. It removes dead skin cells and prevents pores from clogging which could potentially cause a wide range of skin problems. If you are unsure about what type of exfoliation to use, ask your dermatologist for advice.

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References

Solvaderm Blog

Stemnucell anti-aging treatment

Consumer Health Digest

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