Exfoliation to promote skin renewal

What does it mean to exfoliate the skin?

The aim is to remove dead skin cells from the surface of the skin.

The epidermis naturally renews all its cells approximately every 28 days leaving the dead cells on top, waiting for them to fall off as the days go by. Over the years, this natural cycle lengthens and dead cells remain trapped on the surface for a longer period of time, preventing normal oxygenation of the skin.

Why should we exfoliate our skin?

Because it eliminates dead cells, promoting the natural renewal of the skin and cleansing the pores, preventing them from clogging. The skin is cleaner, smoother and looks luminous and healthy. In addition, it allows the cosmetics we apply to be absorbed and fulfill their function.

What types of exfoliation are there?

There are mainly two types of exfoliation: physical and chemical.

Physical exfoliation uses fine granules in creams or gels to massage over wet skin, removing dead skin cells by dragging them away. Specific sponges or brushes can also be used on less sensitive areas of the body.

Chemical peels use active ingredients that destroy dead cells while stimulating the natural renewal process of the epidermis.

How should I exfoliate my skin?

Depends on skin type.

Normal skin can use medium strength chemical exfoliants on a daily basis and physical exfoliants 1-2 days a week.

Oily skin can use chemical exfoliants in ascending concentrations and physical exfoliants 2 or 3 days a week.

Dry or sensitive skin can use specific physical exfoliators for sensitive skin with fine granules and soothing agents 1 day a week. As for chemical exfoliants, sensitive skins can use them but always in low concentrations and never on a daily basis.

How to get a good physical exfoliation?

First wet the skin with lukewarm water, then massage the scrub gently in circles for a couple of minutes and rinse.

After exfoliation, a moisturizing cream or mask should be applied as it will be better absorbed, allowing the active ingredients to penetrate and act more effectively.