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Elevating Skin Glow with Exfoliation
There is no need to hide your face this summer, our in-house skin-therapist Dana will guide you thru how to exfoliate your skin.
When I talk about skin exfoliation and peeling, I think fruits. Fruits are a good analogy to our skin structure. Think kiwi fruit- rough and dry on the outside, but luscious and soft on the inside.
Our skin's top layers somehow resemble the skin of kiwi- a little dull, uneven and not so very attractive. But peel that outer layer off and see the bubbling vitality.
We have about 15-20 layers of flattened, dead skin cells colonising the surface of our skin. Hence the dry and dull appearance. By peeling and exfoliating the skin, the dead skin cells are shed, skin can finally breathe and shine through.
The most accessible and easiest method to retain skin's vitality is exfoliation/ peeling.
What are the differences between exfoliators?
There are two main types of peels - mechanical (or physical) and chemical.
Mechanical peeling helps to buff the dead skin cells from it's surface. This method invigorates and gets rid of dull/flaky skin. Mechanical Peel usually consists of physical particles such as granules (crushed walnut shell, silica, birch bark, oat, microcrystalline to name a few).
The chemical peeling (AHA's & BHA’s) work more internally within the epidermis, by lowering the natural pH's level of the skin and triggering controlled "skin trauma". Skin is then forced to work twice hard to repair itself, stimulating the skin cell turnover, de-congesting follicles and breaking down fats.
Without going too much into details, there are a few types of chemical peels.
Most known AHAs (Alpha-Hydroxy Acids) are Lactic acid, Glycolic Acid and Mandelic Acids. AHAs are water-soluble and work well on dry, damaged and dehydrated skin types.
BHA (Beta-Hydroxy Acid) is oil-soluble, works well on oily, acne prone skins. Most common BHA is Salicylic acid.
The origin of all acids are natural- derived from milk, sugar cane, bitter almonds, tree bark. However, nowadays, most of these acids are produced synthetically.
Regardless of the exfoliating method you choose, peeling improves skin turnover, which is beneficial for skin renewal, adding the radiance and glow. It encourages the removal of dead skin cells — unclogging pores and preventing blackhead formation.
What method is best for my skin?
There is an exfoliator for everyone. Whether your skin is dry, oily or sensitive, exfoliation is an important stage in a skincare routine. It does what a cleanser won't do, keeping your complexion clean and youthful.
As a rule of thumb, if you have oily, acne-prone skin- I would avoid using a mechanical exfoliator. By pressing it into the skin, it can stimulate the spread of bacteria under the skin and cause more outbreaks.
If you have very sensitive skin, stay away from more aggressive chemical exfoliators such as Salicylic and Glycolic Acids.
What if my skin does not agree with any exfoliator? Is there a natural alternative that will not irritate my skin?
I can highly recommend using a face brush. It acts as a buffer, removing the dead cells off, improves circulation and blood flow to the surface of the skin.
For dry and dehydrated skin, try mixing sea salts with a bit of olive oil to create a smooth paste. Use it on a cleansed skin.
Björk and Berries Peeling Products
This Björk and Berries Peeling gel is a mechanical exfoliator. Containing the finest silica, obtained from natural sources such as quartz and diatomaceous earth, it gently resurfacing the skin without irritating it. If you have dry, thin skin, mix this product with the Björk and Berries Gentle and Nourishing Cleansing Gel Formula or simply mix it with a bit of water to create a smoother texture.
If you want to try a powerful chemical peel that is derived from a natural source (Willow Bark Tree), then Refining Exfoliating Toner is made for you.
Containing BHA & AHAs, this multi-tasker not only will bring radiance to your skin but work on treating blemished, troubled skin.
Do not forget!
When it comes to chemical peeling, it is advisable to use the product in the evening AHA& BHAs make your skin more exposed and sensitive to the damaging effect of the sun.
Do not forget to always use your sunscreen in the morning.
Let your skin glow as never before!