There are certain steps that we need to incorporate into our skin care regimens to achieve radiant complexions throughout the year. One important step, exfoliating dead skin cells, is key, but over-exfoliating can traumatize the skin and lead to early signs of aging. Everyday exfoliation should be gentle and non-aggressive.
Believe me, I love my mechanical exfoliation device, but I definitely don’t use it every day. My go-to daily physical exfoliant is PCA SKIN Gentle Exfoliant. The formula is light and creamy, but contains smooth beads for polishing the skin. This scrub is appropriate for all skin types. Almost immediately after I started using it, I noticed that my skin tone was more even and I’ve had fewer black heads and breakouts. If your skin is on the sensitive side, this product shouldn’t be used more than twice a week. If you wear makeup and are looking for a product to thoroughly remove all traces, this one will do the trick! Since this product has a cream base, your skin will not be left tight and stripped of all the natural oils. A little goes a long way with this product; all you really need is a dime-sized amount. Great bang for your buck! Please remember that after exfoliation your skin is a lot more delicate and more prone to sun damage, so don’t skip the sunscreen.
Exfoliation is the removal of the top layer of dead skin cells that can turn our complexions dull and ashy, to reveal the younger, plumper skin cells underneath. When we are young, our cells naturally turn over every 28 days, so we always have gorgeous skin. As we age, the process slows down, making it necessary to help it along. By exfoliating, you will boost the efficacy of the other products you are using too! Getting rid of those dead cells also clears that layer of skin which can be a barrier that prevents your serums and moisturizers from deeply penetrating.
There are so many exfoliation products that choosing the best for your skin can be a challenge. Here are some general tips that apply most often. As always there can be exceptions.
Chemical exfoliants contain enzymes which act like little Pac-Man figures that gently eat away the dead skin cells. They are the least likely to irritate sensitive skin types as they tend to be more skin-friendly than polishing beads or scrubs. Yet they are still effective enough to do a thorough job. Elemis makes the luxurious Papaya Enzyme Peel that is really wonderful. If you haven’t used a peel before, don’t let the word scare you. Technology has improved so you won’t experience skin actually peeling off with at-home peels. Just softer, smoother skin that is ready for your treatment products!
Peel Pads come in different strengths, from gentle for sensitive skin, to extra-strength for more tolerant skin. They have beneficial AHAs such as Glycolic Acid to exfoliate without any abrasion. Dr. Dennis Gross makes excellent peel pads that are safe for everyday use.
Gommage is the most aggressive exfoliation you can find for at- home use. It is a 3-in-1 exfoliant that includes enzymes, AHAs, and buffing beads. It is ideal for very tolerant skin. ARCONA, one of our natural brands, offers the Cranberry Gommage which unclogs and tightens pores.
Of course you can always go to the spa and get professional treatments such as peels. These tend to be more aggressive and great for correcting deep skin concerns. You may experience temporary redness, flaking and down time with these procedures. Make sure you discuss what to expect as well as after-care with your skin care professional.
Can you over-exfoliate? Yes. You can actually cause damage by doing it too much. How often should I do it? Well, that also depends on your skin type. Sensitive skin should be exfoliated once every 7-10 days. Dry to Normal skin can exfoliate 1-2 times a week; combination to oily skin can exfoliate 3 times a week.
How does one product that unclogs pores, boosts collagen, reduces fine lines, and speeds cell turnover to help you even out any skin discoloration sound? It sounds kind of like a miracle product for some. This is what a Retinol will do for your skin. If used correctly and safely it will provide you with incredible results.
Retinoids can cause redness, flaking, and dryness but if you ease into use, you can avoid this transition. For the first two weeks, apply the retinol every three nights. If your skin does not seem to be too irritated you would want to try using it every other night for two weeks. After a month if your skin seems not to be flaking or too dry, apply every night. It is important to wait 15 minutes after washing your face before you apply. After a few minutes you will want to apply your night cream to prevent dryness.
When using a Retinoid, your skin cells are being turned over at a much quicker pace, leaving the new skin exposed to the elements. It is extremely important that you use SPF every morning. There is a good chance that your skin will be in a sensitive state so you need to protect it.
Retinoids were first used in skin care products in the early 1970s as a way to combat acne. Since then we have found that they treat much more. People look to these products to treat psoriasis, warts, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and aged skin. A retinoid is a topical form of Vitamin a which is the number one anti-wrinkle ingredient that dermatologists recommend to their patients. One of the best things about retinol is that it starts working the moment you put it on!
Since we exfoliate our face to remove dead skin and help promote cell turnover, there’s no question that we shouldn’t also exfoliate our body! The body is just as equal to the face and you don’t want your skin to age quicker on certain areas. Of course we want smooth, glowing, healthy skin…everywhere!
With a plethora of products available, there isn’t a reason not to try one… or ten! There are body products which are a liquid consistency and ones which are a grainy scrub consistency. Some offer a scent-sational experience or you can opt in for one with a cooling/warming sensation.
Here are just a few different products which will help you to scrub your way to radiant skin!
There’s never a dull moment at SkinStore! Our staff is always aglow! And that’s because dull, drab, boring skin is a thing of the past with Philosophy’s Microdelivery Peel! Always a staff and customer favorite, the Microdelivery Peel is a once-weekly two-step system that delivers results.
Step one is a microdermabrasion scrub that removes dead skin cells while infusing your skin with vitamin C and peptides. Step two is a lactic/salicylic acid peel that exfoliates even deeper, while reducing inflammation and unclogging pores. Since step two is layered directly over step one this is one powerful product, you can literally feel it working. But once you’ve rinsed the crystals off, your skin is left smooth, glowing and never irritated.
Do you want to give your skin a complete resurfacing without a visit to the spa? The Microdelivery Peel is exfoliator aficionado’s favorite, and we’re pretty sure you’ll love it as much as we do!
Want a brighter skin tone? Want more radiance to your skin? Or a better texture with fewer fine lines & refined pores? There are doctors who listen to these needs and want to offer the best results in products that are quick and efficient. With a few swipes a day, you can almost instantly be on your way to a more youthful looking complexion. The Dr.Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Peel addresses multiple concerns and pave the way to a healthy, glowing skin. Also available in an extra strength version here. Watch how you can use these pads daily to achieve better skin!
As we all know, beautiful skin takes a little work. It’s easy to be reminded that we need to exfoliate our face. We look in the mirror each day and can easily see if there are dry patches of skin or breakouts forming on our face. What about the rest of our body? Just because we can’t easily see the skin on our backs or behind our arms doesn’t mean that dead skin cells aren’t there. So what do we do? Keep exfoliating. But this time include your body and not just your face.
Exfoliating the entire body has many benefits. It can prevent acne on the body and help prevent dead skin cells from clogging freshly shaved or waxed skin. This will ultimately reduce those pesky and sometimes painful ingrown hairs. It can also leave your skin smooth, soft, and hydrated.
There was a day that you had to visit your local spa or dermatologist office to get a good skin peel. Those days are gone and at home peels are the way to go, if you want to bring your skincare regimen to a new level. If you’re already using great skincare products, you’re probably wondering if a peel is even necessary. Skincare products work better after a peel since the skin is freshly exfoliated and more receptive of the ingredients that are applied onto it.
This peel is a gel that is thinly applied on your face and décolleté. After just 15 seconds, dead skin begins to solidify as you massage the peel onto your skin. Once all of the gel has been worked in, rinse your face, and pat dry.
Keep in mind if you are already using an exfoliating product, there is no need to use that and the peel on the same day. In fact, we recommend that you refrain from using any retinol, glycolic, or lactic ingredients the day before or after doing the at home peel. And as always, be sure to follow up with an SPF. We do not want sun exposure to reverse the results you’ve worked hard for. We recommend that you apply this peel at night. This will allow any redness to calm before exposure to daylight.
Are your feet dry and cracked? Do they feel less than smooth? Well, Baby Foot Exfoliant Foot Peel will take care of your feet! The unique formula of 17 types of natural extracts allows your feet to exfoliate naturally leaving them highly moisturized. This effective and gentle process removes the unwanted dead skin cells that have built up layer after layer. In addition, Baby Foot can improve other foot issues like: Foot Odor, Athletes Foot and Blood Circulation. So say goodbye to rough, dry, cracked soles, by using a product that really works! Baby Foot is designed specifically to remove unwanted dead skin cells from your feet. It’s effective, effortless and very simple to use.
Dead skin cells on your feet that build up over time can contribute to numerous problems associated with the soles of your feet. Dead skin cells accumulate due to pressure and friction from ordinary activities such as standing, exercising, and wearing shoes. In many cases, feet become cracked and painful from the accumulation of dead skin.
The principal ingredient of Baby Foot is fruit acid which is very gentle, when compared with other acids. The fruit acid penetrates into the layers of dead skin cells and breaks down the desmosomes which hold the layers together. By this process, skin is undamaged but peels easily away from the fresh layer beneath. After peeling, your feet are reborn just like a baby’s foot, giving you healthy, beautiful feet.
A common question, when talking about body scrubs, is whether to use a sugar scrub or a salt scrub? What is the difference? The main difference between sugar particles and salt particles is the size of the exfoliating granule. Sugar has smaller granules than salt. These scrubs are suited for sensitive skin and the face. Because of the smaller, finer granules, sugar scrubs make a gentle exfoliator that is suitable for all skin types and conditions. The glycolic acid content of sugar is another plus, helping to protect the skin against harmful toxins. Vital for the maintenance of healthy skin, this acid works to both condition and moisturize. Even for seriously rough and dry skin, sugar scrubs are great because sugar sizes come in fine, medium and course. Sugar also, has the benefit of melting as you use it, from the heat of your skin, so you can customize the product based on your personal skin type and need. A sugar scrub is especially beneficial for the lips.
Salt scrubs are generally more abrasive because of their sharper edges and therefore, do a better job at smoothing the rough skin of the body. What really separates salt scrubs from sugar scrubs is that they offer therapeutic, mineralization benefits. Most salt scrubs use sea salts, which are natural purifiers that remove the toxins that block the pores of the skin. It helps the skin breathe easier, promotes better circulation, tightens the skin and improves skin texture. There are many sea salts used in scrubs including: Himalayan, Mediterranean, Hawaiian and Dead Sea Salts from Israel. These various salts have different trace minerals, which include calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper and iron. The minerals help to promote circulation, reduce the inflammatory response, and act as a detoxifying agent and general muscle relaxant. Salt scrubs are very helpful for treating Keratosis Pilaris.
Both sugar and salt scrubs are customizable and easy to prepare from home. Here is a fun recipe to get you started: 1/2 cup coconut oil, 1/2 cup brown sugar or salt, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla