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Will Exfoliation help my skin health?
The fast answer is yes - exfoliation will help your skin health

Skin exfoliation helps to improve the quality and tone of the skin by assisting in the removal of dead skin cells from the surface of the skin

Acneic Skin
Acneic skin produces five times more dead skin cells than other skin conditions, meaning proper exfoliation can have great benefits to acneic skin. Hydroxy acids, in general will be effective, as they help the dead cells detach, preventing dead skin cells from clogging the follicle and contributing to acne. (Avoid physical exfoliants / scrubs, as they can worsen inflammation.)

ageing Skin
When we are young , our cells renew roughly every 12-19 days, as we get older this process slows down, as the 'glue' that holds are our cells together becomes denser. The natural sloughing of older cells from the skin becomes more difficult, causing a build up that results in dull, thick skin with less tone. On average , cell renewal takes from 28-35 days in mid-life, and up to 90 days in maturity.

Exfoliation is especially effective on prematurely-ageing and mature skin, as it stimulates cell renewal faster than the body can on its own.

Hyperpigmentation is an increase in colour caused by either an increase in melanin, an increase in melancytes, or is from substance that adds colour by forming deposits in skin. Exfoliation helps shed these pigmented cells more quickly , and will also help remove the dead skin cells so ingredients can more effectively penetrate hyperpigmentation at its source.

Dry/Dehydrated Skin
A lack of moisture in skin leads to gaps in the cellular barrier. Leaving skin feeling tight and stretched, many tend to over moisturise, which sticks the older skin cells down, leading to dull, uneven skin tone. Through exfoliation, drying skin cells are effectively removed and moisturising and hydrating ingredients can penetrate deeper into skin to help ease dry and dehydrated skin conditions.

When not to exfoliate
If skin is sensitised, exfoliation may not be for you , as it may further compromise your skins natural protective barriers.

What is an Exfoliant?
An exfoliant is an agent that removes dead skin cells from the skins surface to reveal newer, smoother skin that's underneath. When we exfoliate we automatically cause skin renewal because new cells are stimulated to push towards the surface to replace the newly removed dead cells.
Exfoliants can be physical or chemical, and there usage is dependant upon each individual's 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). Depending on the amount of friction and the nature of the abrasive used, results will vary.
Chemical exfoliants smooth skin by dissolving the intercellular 'glue' that attaches cells to the surface. Hydroxy acid, Retinol and enzymes are a few examples of chemical exfoliants.

What about over exfoliation?
The recent emergence of much more aggressive exfoliation treatments, such as dermabrasion and chemical peels, has lead many consumers to over -exfoliate their skin. Research at Dermalogica indicates that a series of exfoliation treatments can actually be 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.

Exfoliation and Daylight Defence
Hydroxy acids increase sensitivity to sun as little as 13% and up to 50%. Due to this the FDA (Federal Drug Administration) requires that sunscreen must be applied after any hydroxy acid exfoliation treatment - good advice for you at home regimen as well.
Make sunscreen as much a part of your skin care regimen as cleansing and moisturising. Apply at least a walnut sized amount of sunscreen to skin and neck before going out into the daylight, and after swimming and exercise, to impede the damage caused by UV (ultraviolet) light.                                          

Dermalogica Exfoliants Beauty by Davinia Ashford Kent


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