Exfoliation? What is it? Simply put, it is the removal of the outermost dead skin cells that sit on top of our skin. The skin is the largest organ of the body responsible for protection and regulation of temperature. The skin renews itself regularly although this slows down as we age and it is a normal process to shed the dead top outer layers. Rub your arm or leg and you may see the scaly keratin flying off! Exfoliation should be an all over body ritual!
Types of Exfoliation
There are three types of exfoliation:
- Mechanical which uses granules – these can be crushed ingredients such as the organic rice in Face Care.
- Enzymic where plant enzymes activate to gently digest very dead surface cells. Pineapple extract is very effective and has been used for decades (Face Care and Payot products).
- Chemical exfoliation in the form of skin peels. ONLY to be done by professionals trained in this type of treatment. (Salon Treatments)
For anti-ageing purposes experts have proven over the years that regular exfoliation is the key to healthy, even layers of the epidermis (outer layer of the skin). For best results, consult your Beauty Therapist for recommendations as to frequency of use and the most appropriate product for your skin.
Some people are frightened of exfoliating but it is SO important to renew the epidermis. Regular exfoliation leads to collagen protection and reversal of damage to the skin. Collagen production is paramount to keeping the skin firm and hydrated. Kakadu Plum, Davidsons Plum are potent bioflavonoids that help in this area. The skin always looks brighter and fresher with regular exfoliation. The active ingredients of your skin care is able to penetrate better too so you will be saving money if you exfoliate properly! Once again, consult your beauty professional in salon.