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Now that winter is well and truly over and summer is almost here, do you notice that your skin is looking a little dry, flaky and lifeless or maybe a few more spots have reared their ugly head?
Build-up from dirt, make-up and dead skin cells plus exposure to such things as the sun, pollution, stress and gravity can cause havoc to our skin. Instead of lathering on extra moisturiser followed by a large blob of foundation for good measure now is the ideal time to give your skin some TLC and get exfoliating.
Exfoliation is your bodys natural process of constantly shedding the outermost layer of dead skin cells while creating brand new cells underneath. This new skin feels softer, smoother and fresher, reflecting light easier and making fine lines harder to see. Exfoliation helps unblock pores, allowing for the release of natural oils and, once the dead and damaged cells are removed, topical actives such as moisturisers and anti-ageing agents can penetrate the skin better, thus working more effectively.
Sadly, as we get older, the exfoliation process slows down so its important that we help our body along a bit and kick start it into action. The key to effective exfoliation (and to your skins long-term health and beauty) is to preserve the natural, protective oils of the top layer, while keeping intact the critical lower layers.
Normal skin cleansing alone cannot remove all the dead, dull cells on the skins surface. Traditionally abrasive methods like pumice, sponges and scrubs have been used to exfoliate, but these can scratch the skin. Newer ways available on the market include hydroxy acids (glycolic, salicylic and lactic) that take time to work but may also be irritating. However, if you fancy something a little more high tech, non invasive, yet extremely effective, micro dermabrasion might just be for you.
Not as scary as it sounds, micro dermabrasion is a natural way to evenly and safely exfoliate the skin without chemicals or lasers. An intense skin buffing process that gently abrades the superficial layers of the skin; micro-crystals are projected on to the skins surface and then vacuumed off. Regular treatment renews the skin texture, reduces lines and wrinkles allowing a fresher rejuvenated skin to appear.
|There are a few DIY kits on the market but its worthwhile seeking out a professional salon to get the best results and give your skin a boost just in time for summer.|