How to exfoliate safely
What is exfoliation?
Exfoliation is an exercise in which the natural skin cell turnover is helped along either mechanically or chemically to allow fresh new skin cells to rise to the surface of the skin revealing a younger, healthier complexion whilst providing a deep clean of the pores.
Is there such a thing as over-exfoliation?
There is a surge in exfoliating products and treatments on the market some of which are too harsh and strip the stratum corneum (the top layer of skin) leading to skin barrier damage. This in turn increases the likelihood of chronic skin conditions such as dermatitis, over sensitive skin and potentially even skin cancer.
What exfoliation methods should be avoided?
Anything overly harsh should be avoided when exfoliating, these include hard bristled brushes, aggressive scrubs and over use of high dosage retinol. All of these methods are likely to cause problems by damaging the skin barrier and triggering inflammation.
What are the safe methods to exfoliate the skin mechanically?
DermaFrac is a unique 4 in 1 treatment to plump, firm and smooth the skin. The first stage of this procedure uses crystal free microdermabrasion to gently clear away any dead skin cells. This is followed by micro needling under vacuum with a simultaneous Growth Factor infusion followed by LED light therapy to promote collagen stimulation and suppress inflammation. This will leave the skin looking fresher, smoother and plumped due to the increase in collagen.
Which chemical exfoliation methods work safely?
- Epionce skin peels stimulate cell turnover, reduce acne flare-ups, smooth and brighten the skin as well as promoting collagen production to combat fine lines and wrinkles.
- Epionce Skin Care Products contain Keratolytic technology to increase natural cell turnover without any damage or harshness leading to redness and inflammation. Exfoliating in this gentle way removes dead cells, retexturises and gives pores a deep clean allowing smooth, unblemished skin to shine through. Lytic lotions, which come in three different strengths, are highly effective in treating skin blemishes, smoothing skin imperfections as well as reversing visible signs of ageing. Other key Epionce products work interactively to reverse and repair the skin barrier and promote skin health and youthfulness.
When using lytics they can be combined with the following products:
Lytic Gel Cleanser
This is formulated to actively remove oils and dead skin cells while relieving inflammation and smoothing skin.
Refreshing and cleansing this wash uses salicylic acid to gently penetrate pores and prevent break-outs. Spearmint oil is an antioxidant which helps stop the skin from drying out whilst also diminishing blemishes.
This toner is non-stripping but soothing to control oil production and balances the skin PH levels.
Enriched Firming Mask
This treatment mask hydrates, repairs, strengthens, fortifies the skin barrier and helps reduce and prevent activation of inflammatory agents.
Intensive Nourishing Cream
This luxurious cream both nourishes and hydrates as well as regenerating and strengthening collagen to support a healthy skin barrier.
Speak to our treatment advisors or book in with one our highly trained aesthetic therapists to learn how to safely exfoliate your skin with our treatments and products.