Healthy Skin, It’s All About Exfoliation

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Want to fall in love with your skin again? It’s all about exfoliation.

Dead skin is the enemy to healthy skin. It clogs our pores, combines with sebum and dirt to cause pimples, breakouts, or worse – acne.

It forms in layers upon layers on top of the skin, blocking any healthy moisturizers, toners, or medications we use to improve our skin – which leads to dry, flaky, and ultimately cracked and or bleeding skin.

It gives our skin a dull, sallow appearance. So, we put makeup on to try to look better, and the makeup looks ashy, streaky, and just, well, bad. And the makeup doesn’t last, about half a day, max.

For men, when shaving, dead skin causes the razor to skip and not glide smoothly, leaving you a not so close shave which can cause painful razor stubble and ingrown hairs.

Dead skin makes oily skin oilier, dry skin drier, and acne-prone skin have more acne. It’s something we can’t ignore, for it will only get worse.

Years ago we were told to use an exfoliating mask twice per week, and enjoy the “luxury” of a facial. Today, the skin care experts tell us, exfoliation is no longer a luxury for healthy, beautiful skin, it is a necessity. A daily necessity. So much so, that exfoliation ingredients are being added to all new formulations for cleansers now, and designed to be used twice per day. If your facial cleanser doesn’t have any physical or chemical exfoliants, then you need to switch. TODAY.

Microdermabrasion is a fairly new type of at-home product that is a more advanced form of exfoliation using tiny tiny granules to exfoliate skin, which can be used 1-2 times per week, and can be easily done at home. In my opinion it is the new “miracle product” for skin. It will revitalize dull skin, reduce large pores, erase fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars, reduce mild pigment irregularities (hyperpigmentation), stretch marks and age spots. Yes, it IS that good.

As a skin care product, microdermabrasion is going to cost you a little more than most exfoliants, but you’re not using it every day, and it is much less cost than a trip to a dermatologist for DERMABRASION treatments which are much more painful, costly, and involve stronger chemicals. Also, you will find after microdermabrasion that you use LESS moisturizer, and less makeup, and your makeup will last longer, so enjoy some savings there as well.

With all my clients, regardless of their skin concern, I recommend starting with a microdermabrasion product. Once we have the layers of dead skin cleared away, we know that the skin products we use to treat the skin will be much more effective.

Also, microdermabrasion is not just for the face. You can also find products designed especially for the skin on and around the lips, and also the skin on the rest of your body. Imagine being able to remove all the dead skin layers on places like your feet, heels, and elbows! Imagine a nice close shave under arms and on the legs. One treatment per week of microdermabrasion, and then you’ll be able to maintain smooth, soft body skin with a simple botanical moisturizing lotion.

Debra Schulenburg