No matter how good your skincare routine is, it is difficult to combat the effects of aging. As we age, our skin begins to lose valuable skincare compounds and proteins that allow it to heal and regenerate itself over time – the most common of which are collagen and elastin. Without these vital compounds, the skin is left without its natural defenses and is far more susceptible to environmental damage from things like pollution, weather and other outside influence. Regardless, there are a few methods that can help us to still better our skin and combat aging, one of the most important is exfoliation. Exfoliation is an important method of resurfacing our outer layers of old, dead skin cells and allowing new, fresh skin cells to take their place. Because the outer layer is mostly comprised of old dead, dull skin cells, over time, it can leave us with blemishes and a dark, dull, inconsistent complexion. However, according to Dr. Anat Lebow, the top Derm 10022 has to offer, exfoliation allows us to have new, fresh, healthy skin, with a renewed, smooth, soft, supple glow – in addition, exfoliation can also stimulate cellular turnover and in the process, stimulate the production of fresh new collagen and elastin. To better help you understand exfoliation and how it works here are some important things to know.
What is Exfoliation?
As we previously stated, exfoliation is the process by which we remove dead skin cells, dirt, debris, and excess oils from the outer surface of the skin. According to Dr. Lebow, the top Derm 10022 has in practice, this will often require the use of some type of exfoliant – either chemical or a physical exfoliant. With physical exfoliation being a favorite for many doctors, there are a couple of methods to achieve this. Physical exfoliation can use a simple skin care tool, such as a sponge, towel, or even a brush – that is designed to cause some friction and resurface the skin. Other methods may require the use of special liquid cleansers, gels, or scrubs which have special microbeads to rub against the skin slowly. This works to refine the skin slowly but surely. Often, these methods are used in conjunction with certain facial peels, or acids like alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) or enzymes are used to loosen the glue-like substance that holds dead skin cells together so they can be easily removed.
Why is Exfoliation Important?
The skin is always in constant flux, taking on outer influences and environmental factors. This causes almost constant damage, and for the skin to constantly repair and replace itself. Because of this, the body is essentially covered by layers of dead skin cells. By exfoliating, we are able to remove this outer layer, revealing our inner layers of healthy, vibrant, living skin – this has a number of different benefits as well. According to Dr. Lebow, the top Derm 10022 has to offer, exfoliation also offers a number of benefits for the inner health of the skin as well. By removing the outer layers of dead skin, any topicals or products you might use, are able to penetrate deeper than they normally would, and actually make it to the living skin beneath. With these newly opened pores, free of dirt, debris and oils, the skin can breathe and is far less likely to become inflamed or infected and reducing the chances of getting acne.
How Can You Exfoliate?
The best place to start, when you are looking to properly exfoliate, is the face, as it is most important to your appearance and has the highest tendency to accrue bacteria or acne issues. According to Dr. Lebow, the Top Derm 10022 has in practice, it is best to start with a small amount of a mild facial scrub and gently rub it into your skin. Then, use some sort of physical exfoliation tool, like a towel, brush or special exfoliation sponge to further rub the scrub into the skin. slowly you will begin to feel the microbeads working, and in a few minutes, it is best to rinse everything off with hot water. Repeat the process on the face and body as many times as you need, however don’t overdo it and remember to moisturize your skin afterwards.