Exfoliating the skin is one of the most important things you can do to even out skin tone and achieve a healthy, glowing complexion. As we age, our skin’s natural ability to generate and shed skin cells slows down, but regular exfoliation can help to overcome this challenge.
There are two types of exfoliants to consider, chemical and manual. A chemical or acid exfoliant does the work for you as opposed to a manual exfoliant such as using a brush, sponge or facial scrub, however the combination of both will give your skin the best results. Manual exfoliation should be done on a regular basis (once or twice/week), and the chemical exfoliations should be reserved for more intermittent use. If you do go the chemical route, choose a product that contains alpha or beta hydroxyl acids for deeper exfoliation, such as Alpha Hydrox, AHA Souffle Soothing Anti-Wrinkle Cream.
This velvety, textured cream contains 12% Glycolic AHA which provides a deep exfoliation and helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, crows feet, smile lines and forehead creases (no need to cut bangs just yet). Simply apply, leave it on and it works by itself to dissolve dry, flaky skin. Peptides work to plump up the skin and Green Tea antioxidants help fight against premature aging, leaving you with an even, smooth, healthy complexion. The best part is the price is right! This is very affordable making it a great item to incorporate into your skin care routine.
The frequency of exfoliation will vary for every individual pending on skin type, seasons, environmental factors, etc. Over exfoliation can cause your skin to be dry, irritated and damaged so be sure to consult with an Esthetician or Dermatologist to see what exfoliating method/routine would work best for you.
Oh and lastly, since you are basically exposing fresh ‘baby’ skin when you exfoliate regularly be sure not to skimp on the sunscreen. Be safe and take care of your fresh, new skin!