Exfoliation and your skin: What you need to know

 In Aging, Skin Care Products

Lots of people use cleansers and moisturizers as part of their skin care routines, but surprisingly few use exfoliants. That’s too bad, because without exfoliating your skin to get rid of dead skin cells that can clog pores and block healthy, new cells from surfacing, you’re probably not getting the full benefits of those other products either. Here’s how exfoliation can help you have better-looking skin:

It removes dead skin cells

The upper layer of skin is composed of dead skin cells, and while some of the upper layer can provide protection to the more delicate layers of new skin, an upper layer that’s too thick or that doesn’t shed dead cells quickly or evenly can cause pores to become clogged, and that can lead to breakouts. As we age, the skin’s natural shedding process slows down, allowing even more dead cells to build up. Exfoliating removes those dead cells, preventing clogged pores and helping new skin cells to move to the surface where they belong. What’s more, removing dead skin cells lets products like moisturizers, anti-wrinkle treatments and nutritive products penetrate to the deepest layers where they can be most effective.

It improves skin’s appearance

Left to lodge in the skin’s pores, those dead, dry cells make skin look rough, dull and aged. Regular exfoliation improves skin’s tone and texture by allowing the new, fresh, plump cells to rise to the surface for better overall tone, texture and color. As part of a regular skin care routine along with cleansing and moisturizing, exfoliation helps ensure your skin stays firm and young-looking. Plus, by removing those uppermost layers of dead, dry skin, exfoliating can also help you get a closer shave so your results last longer and your skin feels smoother.

It stimulates the production of new, healthy skin

Finally, regular exfoliation helps stimulate the deeper layers of skin, where collagen is produced. Collagen is one of the most important “building blocks” of skin, helping skin appear firmer and more resilient. The aging process slows down collagen production, making skin look worn and haggard. By exfoliating the face and body, we can give Mother Nature the help she needs to keep our skin looking youthful and refreshed.

What you need to know

Before you start rubbing an exfoliating scrub on your face or body, you should know that not all products are created equal. It’s important to choose one that’s right for your skin type, especially if you have very oily, very dry or very sensitive skin to prevent irritation. Exfoliation is an important part of a total skin care regimen, helping your skin look and feel its healthiest. To learn more about exfoliation, including what type of product is best for you and how to use it as part of a complete skin care regimen, call us today at 212-772-7242 to schedule an evaluation.

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