Are you wondering about Skin exfoliation – What is it, how does it work?

If you want to have beautiful, glowing and younger looking skin, exfoliation is the key. But before you decide to jump in and start exfoliating your skin, there are some important things you need to know.

Exfoliation is the process of removing the dead skin cells from the body, so the newer skin cells are exposed making you look refreshed and radiant. Exfoliation also clears dirt and oils from your pores which help with acne problems.

Did you know that your body sheds 30,000 to 40,000 dead cells every minute? You’d think that alone would be enough to keep you looking good, right? But when skin cells die, they don’t actually fall off. Instead, they stay on top of your skin making it look dry and dull and can increase the chances of suffering from acne. Exfoliation can also offer the benefit of better blood circulation helping to bring back the natural colour to your skin and improve elasticity.

Microdermabrasion is an excellent way to exfoliate your skin. It is a non-chemical, non-invasive procedure that uses a spray of microcrystals to remove the outermost layer of dry, dead skin cells and reveal younger, healthier-looking skin. Most people think of microdermabrasion only for their face, because it is a common location to use this kind of treatment. But Microdermabrasion can be used on your body as well.

There are also some home treatments that you can do to help make dry skin look smoother and softer and can even help with thinning hair. Below we’ve put together a quick guide for every part of your body.

Scalp

When washing your hair, take the time to really work the shampoo and conditioner into your scalp. You want to actually scratch your scalp with your fingernails. Gently though, you don’t want to actually hurt yourself. This will remove any dead flakes, which will prevent dandruff and stimulate circulation in the hair follicles and help reduce hair loss.

Face

You can buy exfoliation products such as facial scrubs; you can also make them yourself from sugar or baking soda. Microdermabrasion is also an excellent treatment and can be done as often as once a week or up to every eight weeks depending on your skin type and desired outcome. We recommend starting with a weekly session for 3 weeks and then moving to a monthly maintenance program.

Body

Scrub your body every time you bathe using a loofah sponge, natural bristled brush or exfoliating mitt to help slough away those dead cells. Brush the skin in a circular motion starting at your feet and working up to your chest. Consider a Microdermabrasion treatment if you are experiencing skin problems on areas of your body such as your back or chest.

Feet

Our feet put up with a lot. Why not treat them to a little exfoliation as well? Feet tend to get dry patches, cracks, scaly spots and even calluses. You can use foot scrubs, pumice stones and electronic callus removers to treat your feet to a little “spa treatment”. Follow the process with a soothing foot cream and also apply it nightly to protect the foot skin.

The most important thing to remember when considering exfoliation is that every person’s skin type is different. For face and body exfoliation, book an appointment with The Gentle Touch in Vancouver, BC, to discuss the best type of exfoliation process for you.