When you exfoliate, you whisk away dead skin cells that can dull your complexion, cause your skin to appear splotchy and can also clog your pores.
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“The change of seasons is a great time to refresh your skin, especially after long winter months or a hot season when you’re sweating a lot,” says aesthetician Christina Smith.
In fact, she says regular exfoliation gives you a beautiful glow all year long, especially when the environment and stress can affect the health of your skin and its appearance.
Experts refer to the natural shedding of the skin’s epithelial layers as desquamation. As we age, the rate of desquamation slows down (boo!), which can cause a variety of complexion issues, depending on your age and skin type.
“You may notice things like dry patches, fine lines and wrinkles, as well as hyperpigmentation as you get older,” says Smith.
Regular exfoliation helps the skin shed the outermost layer that has been subject to environmental damage. This will renew your skin’s surface and can alleviate many common skin problems.
Smith says you should exfoliate your entire body, but especially your face, in some manner each day.
Several options are available, including some you can do yourself and others an aesthetician or dermatologist can do for you:
If you have the following skin concerns, here are some suggestions for treatment:
Your doctor or skin care professional will recommend a chemical peel based on your current skin concerns and the outcome you want.
“It’s important to discuss all of these options with your dermatologist or skin care specialist because too much exfoliation can cause sensitivity or irritation for certain skin types,” says Smith. “There is a proper exfoliation treatment protocol for even the most sensitive skin.”
Taking care of your skin, your body’s largest organ, is an important part of staying healthy. See your dermatologist or aesthetician regularly to stay updated on the latest products and techniques that can help you enjoy fresh, healthy skin for years to come.