Exfoliate for Beautiful, Younger-Looking Skin
While awareness of the benefits of skin exfoliation has increased in recent decades, it's a concept that is thousands of years old. Even Cleopatra's exfoliation secrets are well documented.
What is Skin Exfoliation?
Generally speaking, skin exfoliation refers to any technique that removes cells from the skin surface, not only immediately "refreshing" the skin's appearance but also stimulating cell renewal. The benefits are dramatic and, when used with professional guidance, exfoliation can treat a wide variety of skin problems – including acne, hyperpigmentation, premature aging skin, and scarring to name a few.
Of course, there is huge variety in these techniques – scrubs, peels, masques, dermabrasion, and lasers! Fortunately, your skin care therapist can help you identify which will help you best achieve your goals.
What are Hydroxy Acids?
Unlike physical exfoliants that remove debris through gentle abrasion, hydroxyl acid-based exfoliants smooth the skin by dissolving the intercellular "glue" that attaches the cells to the surface. Hydroxy acids are the most common form of at-home exfoliant because they are extremely effective and, when used properly, very safe.
Of course, there are several different hydroxyl acids. Glycolic Acid was the first to be used in a cosmetic application, and is still widely-used despite its high incidence of skin irritation. Lactic and Salicylic Acids, which are as effective as Glycolic Acid, are not the choice of leading skin care professionals because they deliver the same level of results with considerably less irritation. NutriMinC RE9 Anti-Aging Facial Scrub is a great at-home exfoliant that uses the combination of Lactic and Salicylic Acids.
So remember, the benefits of using skin exfoliation to minimize premature aging is very important!