Exfoliation 101 - Find the right exfoliation for your skin type
Exfoliation is an important part of your beauty routine; removing dead skin from the surface of your skin allows you to maximize the benefits of all the ingredients in your creams, serums, and masks. Mechanical, enzymatic, and chemical exfoliants, the market is so full of different products and exfoliating techniques that finding the right one can be a real headache. Here is a guide to help you choose the method that suits the best your skin type.
Since sensitive skin can more easily become red, irritated, and dry, enzyme-based products should be used once or twice a week to gently remove dead skin cells without causing irritation. If you opt for a mechanical exfoliation (Renaissance exfoliation accessory), it is important to use gentler techniques. If the skin's sensitivity increases, we switch to weekly exfoliation to see if there is an improvement in the condition. If, however, the irritation and sensation of heat is still present, you should consider consulting an esthetician or a dermatologist for professional advice.
Exfoliating the dry skin is inevitable to control the accumulation of dead cells on the surface of the epidermis. If the skin is not sensitive, a mechanical exfoliation is the best choice, to be performed twice a week to thoroughly clean the pores. The application of a nourishing mask will be even more beneficial in the second step to take advantage of the fact that there is no barrier preventing the absorption of our products.
The most common type of combination skin has both dry and oily skin characteristics. There is an excess of sebum on the "T" zone (forehead, nose and chin), while the cheeks look more like normal skin. It is therefore essential to adapt exfoliation methods to the specific areas. It is recommended to use a mechanical exfoliant on the oily area, where the skin pores are more visible two to three times a week. Be careful not to "over-exfoliate", at the risk of obtaining the opposite effect. Deprived of its natural protection, the skin will produce more sebum to compensate for this lack. For other areas of the face, enzymatic or salicylic acid exfoliants, for example, are a good choice to remove impurities and dead cells efficiently.
By adding an exfoliation ritual to our beauty routine, we see results very quickly. the skin tone will be lighter, the texture smoother, softer and all the active ingredients of the other treatments will be optimized. In addition to skincare at home, a visit to an aesthetic clinic 2 or 3 times a year is often recommended in order to obtain a professional level exfoliation with microdermabrasion devices. These methods, adapted to all skin types, will specifically work on all surface irregularities such as dilated pores, wrinkles and fine lines, pigment spots and even stretch marks. Ask your beautician for advice on the method that suits you best!