Fall Into Fall Series- Part 1 Exfoliation Why Do We Need it?

Fall brings weather changes, fun times and Holidays but it also brings skin care and makeup ”tweeks” we need that fit alongside our wardrobe changes. We will have a great time exploring many of these topics in this Falling into Fall series.

First up let’s talk exfoliation it is the number one thing we need to do for a season change (and at least 1 time a week) so that all of those wonderful moisturizing products we use for Fall and Winter work their best.

Exfoliation means you remove that old dead skin layer kind of like a snake does (only not quite so dramatic, yikes!) and tend to those calluses on the outermost layer of your skin.  By doing so it allows your skin to breathe and bring new skin cell turnover faster. It can be a controversial topic but most Dermatologists agree that to slough off old cells once in a while is a good thing to do. There are Mechanical (Apricot Scrubs or Beaded Scrubs, Towelettes, Microdermabrasion, brushes like Clairsonic  http://www.clairsonic.com devices,  ultrasound) methods, Chemical (Chemical Peels, Retinol, Alpha Hydroxy fruit acids, Salicylic Acids ), and even shaving can do this (I don’t recommend that for your face if you are female). Here is a Wiki link if you would like a bit more info on the science behind exfoliation. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exfoliation_%28cosmetology%29 Regular exfoliation is an important part of a skin care regimen. Cells move from the base of the epidermis up to the top in a 30-day cycle. If the old cells remain on the surface and build up, they can contribute to a flat, dull appearance, blemishes, and scaling. Exfoliation also helps improve the penetration of your other skin products. Sites,Web M.D.

How often we exfoliate really depends on your skin type and how strong you skin may be. People differ and some have thicker layers of skin than others. A rule of thumb is that once a week is usually safe for most people and some can exfoliate as often as 2-3 times a week.

We must consider your use of other creams or lotions that already contain exfoliants such as Retinol or Alpha Hydroxy fruit acids as we mentioned above. If you are already using these types of formulas you may not need to manually exfoliate as often. If you skin becomes very red and inflamed back off your treatments right away because these can be signs of over exfoliation. You can always consult your Dermatologist is you are unsure of using a new product or procedure or need to be certain of the type of skin you have. Always read the ingredients list on the new products you use to make sure you are not doing double duty so you don’t run the risk of over exfoliation. I like to call it my “Rule of Five” you know that the ingredients will be listed in order at least up to the first 5 you read so it give you an idea as to what type of formula you are working with.

Don’t forget about your body, it needs exfoliation too right down to your toes. Body creams will absorb better, if you use a self- tanning product the application will be less likely to streak, look more natural and last longer. There are tons of great body scrubs on the market and exfoliating brushes, sponges and gloves available. I like to make a natural sugar, honey scrub. I mix larger coarse raw sugar (for manual exfoliation) with honey ( a natural humectant  that draws moisture from the air to hydrate and retain water to the skin) then follow with a good moisturizing cream (cream is a bit more protective than lotions just because they tend to be thicker and wear longer)  All great things to remember as we fall into Fall.

I like a few different products Clinique Turnaround Instant Facial ($37.50  http://www.clinique.com ) , Dermalogica gentle cream exfoliant ($37.00 http://www.dermalogica.com/us/html/products/gentle-cream-exfoliant-9.html?type=function&cat=exfoliants ) , St Ives Apricot Scrubs ($3-5.00 drugstores, a deal in my opinion and the scrubbing pieces are gentle enough for most skin).

I know that my skin feels brighter; more alive and fine lines seem to diminish in appearance after proper exfoliation.


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  1. kattails
    Oct 10, 2012 @ 22:24:27

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