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Tuesday, August 08, 2017
How can I improve my dull skin?
 
One thing therapists always recommend to their clients is to regularly exfoliate their skin, but maybe not explain why it is so important.
 
Skin exfoliation assists in the removal of dead skin cells to:
·         Improve skins smoothness and tone
·         Speed up cellular renewal
·         Allow for increased penetration of active ingredients in products.
 
As our skin cells renew, old surface cells harden and lose of moisture, creating a dull, lacklustre appearance that can cause clogging and congestion. And as we age, damaged, contaminated cells don’t always fall from the skin.
Through professional and home exfoliation dulling cells are effectively removed, and newer cells are revealed for a fresher, healthier appearance.
So… what is an exfoliant?
An exfoliant is any agent the removes dead skin cells and triggers new cells to push towards the skin’s surface. Exfoliants can be physical, chemical or both, and usage is dependent upon individual skin care needs.
 
Physical Exfoliants
Physical exfoliants use friction to remove dead skin cells, either through the use of a tool (such as a brush or sponge) or a gentle abrasive (such as Corn Cob Meal, Rice Bran or Oatmeal)
 
Chemical Exfoliants
Chemical exfoliants dissolve the intercellular “glue” that attaches cells to the surface. Hydroxy acids, Salicylic Acid, Retinol and enzymes (proteins that break the chemical bonds of older cells and “digest” them) are a few examples of chemical exfoliants. Hydroxy acids are the most common form of home chemical exfoliation because they are extremely effective and, when used properly, very safe. Glycolic acid was the first hydroxy acid to be used in a cosmetic application and is still widely-used despite a high occurrence of skin irritation. Lactic and Salicylic acids, which are as effective as Glycolic Acid, are now the choice of leading skin care professionals because they deliver the same level of results with considerably less irritation and have exhibited anti-inflammatory properties.
 
What about over-exfoliation?
Aggressive exfoliation treatments such as dermabrasion and deep chemical peels have led to over-exfoliation of skin. Research at The International Dermal Institute indicates a series of exfoliation treatments can be much more effective that one very aggressive treatment. In fact, any skin treatment – including exfoliation - that causes skin to become red and irritated is triggering the inflammatory response, which in turn can cause premature aging.
The Dermalogica BioActivity Score system takes the guesswork out of selecting the best exfoliant for your skin. Determined by a professional calculation of active agents and formulation parameters, the higher the BioActivity Score, the stronger the exfoliation.

 
 
Skin Prep Scrub
1
Daily Microfoliant
5
Daily Resurfacer
9
Multivitamin Thermafoliant
10 (when used on wet skin)
Skin Renewal Booster
10
Gentle Cream Exfoliant
12
Powerfoliant
16

Exfoliation & SPF
When professional exfoliation is performed, it is important to apply sun protection to protect the skin, as the sensitivity of the skin has been increased by the exfoliation. Continuing to wear SPF daily will shield skin from UV light damage.
 
 

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