The Benefits of Exfoliation

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Dreaming of a smoother, brighter, toned complexion? Whether it be a routine professional treatment suggested by your Aesthetician like dermaplaning, or the proper maintenance with your home skincare routine, exfoliation is an extremely important part in one’s skincare routine.

Mechanical exfoliation

Common forms of mechanical exfoliation, such as dermaplaning and microdermabrasion, are used in treatment ideally once a month for general maintenance. I recommend more frequent treatments, usually every 2-3 weeks, for more corrective results.

The process of dermaplaning consists of using a small blade to gently scrape off the top layer of dulling dead skin cells. It also eliminates that annoying peach fuzz that cakes up in makeup. Dermaplaning is great for all skin types except those with active breakouts. If you have deep cystic acne, I recommend controlling the breakouts before trying this treatment.

Microdermabrasion is a great alternative treatment to dermaplaning and is a safe and effective way to polish the skin, stimulate blood circulation and increase collagen production – leading to a younger looking complexion with taut, smooth skin.

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Chemical Exfoliation

Chemical exfoliation is an exfoliation technique used to improve the appearance of the skin on the face, neck or hands by using Alpha and Beta hydroxy acids (or AHA’s and BHA’s) and Enzymes.

Trichloroacetic (TCA) acids are used for stronger peeling. They can smooth out wrinkles, soften marks left by blemishes and pigmentation problems.

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Enzymatic Exfoliation

Enzymes are a less aggressive way to exfoliate. Enzymes are great for more sensitive and/or reactive skin.  Most are safe for clients with Rosacea.

All peels require some follow-up care

 Most peels require anywhere from five to seven days to heal. The physical peeling typically begins day two or three post-treatment. Treated skin will initially be red and may scale. Post-peel home care should be applied and reapplied liberally until the skin heals, followed by daily use of sunscreen. Makeup can usually be worn the next day, but in my experience it’s best to let the skin breathe and heal fully before applying makeup your lifestyle allows.

Exfoliating in your home skincare routine

It’s extremely important to incorporate this process of exfoliation in one’s home care routine, whether it be using an enzyme mask, a scrub, a retexturizing AHA serum or cream – talk with your aesthetician at the Spa at the Village and see what they recommend for your skin.

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