Exfoliating Your Skin

See those images right there?… that’s the surface of our skin, magnified ten’s of thousands of times.

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Skin cells mesh together to form a protective barrier for our body and as these skin cells mature, they dry up and die eventually shedding off the surface of our body. It’s a natural, continuous cycle that (from birth of the skin cell to shedding) takes about 28 days. Pretty amazing stuff right? Our skin is continuously renewing itself. But, as we get older, this cycle slows down causing old, dead skin cells to build up on the surface making the skin look visibly thickened and scaly and feel rough to the touch. Furthermore, certain illnesses and lifestyle choices, like excessive sun exposure and unhealthy diet can make matters worse by overloading the skin’s natural function. So… how do we keep our skin looking soft and smooth as we age? Well, apart from protecting ourselves from the sun and eating a healthy diet, regular EXFOLIATION is the key.

Most of us have used some sort of exfoliation in the past, whether it is in the form of a scrub or cleansing brush or even a shower cloth. You can even exfoliate while at the beach by gently rubbing sand over your body and then taking a dip in the ocean!! It can be that simple. But here are some professional alternatives you may not know about… go ahead and give one a try… there’s no better feeling than a squeaky clean, smooth skin.

Microdermabrasion is a worldwide beauty favourite. Microdermabrasion uses ‘sand like’ micro crystals and suction to deeply remove dead skin cells while stimulating microcirculation and oxygenation of the skin. Unlike using a simple scrub you would do at home, Microdermabrasion is a complete process that not only smoothes the skin but also promotes collagen growth and tightening of the skin. When done in a professional clinic, hydrating and nourishing masks are also applied and results are amazing.

Chemical Peels are solutions that are applied to the skins surface to force it to quickly exfoliate. There are three basic types of Chemical peels;

AHA peels (also know as lunch time peels because you look good right away) work by dissolving the skin’s natural oils and lipids that bind the dead skin cells together. By doing so the dead skin cells are released and shed off naturally. This treatment is a great freshen up for any skin and can help improve the appearance of mild skin discolourations. There is no visible peeling after AHA peels.

Glycolic or TCA Peels (Tricholoroacetic Acid) works a little deeper than AHA peels and better suited for treating pigmentation and fine lines, open pores and even precancerous skin growths known as Actinic Keratosis. Some skin flaking or mild peeling may be visible after a few days so be sure to have these treatments at least 1 week before any special events.

Phenol Peels and stronger versions of TCA can be applied to deeply penetrate into the skin for extreme skin resurfacing. Considerable down time can be experienced with the skin peeling in large visible chunks, similar to after a severe sunburn. This type of exfoliation is suitable for improving deeper wrinkles, age spots, freckles and shallow scars such as those caused by Acne.

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Herbal Peels such as the Green Peel and Herbal Aktiv Peel are all natural alternatives to mechanical or chemical peels. In both treatments a herbal compound is massaged into the skin inbedding the herb particles into the skin. As a way of ridding the body of the herb particles, the skin begins to intensely peel, revealing a new, soft and smooth underlay of skin once completely peeled. This option is perfect for darker skins as there is very minimal risk of post treatment hyperpigmention and is suitable for most skin types.

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