Facial masks, scrubs, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion. What do all of these have in common? Exfoliating!

Exfoliation is part of a healthy skin care routine. Your skin naturally sheds dead skin cells on its own, but sometimes they won’t shed completely. Exfoliating is the process of removing dead skin cells from the surface of your skin to prevent dry, flaky patches and clogged pores.

While you may already know that exfoliating leaves your skin bright and glowing, you may not realize that it has so many more benefits. Regular exfoliation helps beneficial ingredients penetrate your skin with ease. Plus, it boosts cell turnover and collagen production!

Chemical vs. Physical Exfoliants

Physical involve mechanical exfoliation like scrubbing. Physical exfoliants can be more harsh, so it’s important to be careful not to damage your skin with too rough a product (like a walnut powder, which can be very sharp). Look for a product with rounded naturally derived microbeads.

Chemical exfoliants use acids and enzymes to remove layers of dead skin. This can be in the form of a chemical peel or an at-home product.

Sometimes you don’t have to choose between the two! Image Skincare’s Ormedic Balancing Gel Polisher combines pomegranate enzymes, olive pit powder and bamboo spheres with alpha hydroxy acids in the form of a caviar lime extract. The result is remarkably glowing skin that is plump and youthful.

How often should I Exfoliate?

Its important to make sure that you are exfoliating enough, but not too much. It should be a regular part of your at-him skin care routine. Exfoliate right after cleansing and immediately apply serums and moisturizers for better ingredient penetration.

Whether you are using an exfoliating mask or scrub, you should limit your process to 2-3 times per week depending on your skin.

Exfoliating treatments like chemical peels and microdermabrasion at TimeLess Medical Spa in Ogden, Utah are excellent ways to increase cell turnover and remove dead skin in a way that can’t be done with at-home products. We recommend these treatments be done as often as every 4 weeks or seasonally, at the very least.

Ask TimeLess Master Esthetician what exfoliating products and treatments are best for your skin. Consultations are always free.

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