Out with the old, in with the new…skin, that is. Yep, it’s time to EXFOLIATE.
Winter has settled in Alabama which unfortunately doesn’t guarantee a beautiful white canvas outside and consistently low temperatures. Instead, we’re on a climate rollercoaster that’s as harsh on our skin as it is on our sinuses. And my poor closet is so confused…I’ve worn garb from all 4 seasons in one week!
Do you ever notice dry, flaky patches on your skin or struggle with clogged pores? Your skin naturally sheds dead skin cells to make room for new cells every 30-ish days. When dead cells don’t shed completely, those symptoms can be the result. Ew.
The process of exfoliating removes all these dead skin cells from the surface of your skin.
And in this season, the colder weather mixed with dry air used to heat your home can cause all kinds of problems…like scaly or itchy skin.
Benefits of Exfoliating
So now you know what exfoliation can prevent. But what about what it can add?
- Exfoliating just once can brighten your skin and enhance the effectiveness of your skincare products by improving absorption.
- Regular exfoliation can help prevent clogged pores, resulting in fewer breakouts. Yay!
- Long-term exfoliating can increase collagen production. Collagen is the most common protein found in the body and promotes glowing, vibrant skin. It also promotes skin elasticity, minimizing the appearance of fine lines and sagging.
There are tons of at-home exfoliating methods.
- DIY scrubs
- Dry brushes
- Exfoliating mitts
- Muslin washcloths
- Pumice stones
- Cleansing scrubs.
Maybe you’ve tried them all and know what best suits you. Or maybe you’re getting your feet wet and need some help or just want to be pampered for a change! Here are some treatments to freshen up your skin.
Exfoliation by Skin Type and Body Part
It’s important to know that exfoliation affects skin types according to their specific needs differently! Your face may be dry, sensitive, normal, oily, or a combination. And you don’t want to treat your face the same way you do the rest of your body. Body parts have their own unique needs as well. Let us help you determine what methods and products are right for your skin.
New Homemade Scrubs at Escape
At Escape, we’re all about luxurious pampering. When you need a little extra TLC for your body, let us freshen up your dull skin. Here are some new, super-rich body scrubs we’re introducing this month!
- Balinese Boreh
- Coffee Scrub
- Matcha Scrub
We don’t want you to get so excited at the idea of fresh, bright skin that you dive into exfoliation without these helpful tips. Exfoliating is a sensitive business and needs to be done with knowledge and care.
- Don’t use body scrubs on your face or visa versa
- Avoid over-exfoliating as it can cause redness and irritation. Oily skin may require more frequent exfoliation, but other skin types can typically stick to one to two times a week.
- Don’t exfoliate if you use acne products, including retinol and benzoyl peroxide.
- Use a moisturizer (preferably with SPF) after exfoliating to improve results.
- Avoid exfoliating if your skin has cuts, open wounds, or is sunburned.
There are a lot of do’s and don’ts when it comes to exfoliating. If you aren’t sure where to start, give us a call to book your appointment, and one of our amazing estheticians will consult and pamper you!