Exfoliation is an important aspect of proper skin care. In a nutshell, as it removes the dead skin cells on the surface of the skin, it allows for improved skin renewal, blood circulation, smoother texture, even skin tone and brighter complexion. There are numerous ways to exfoliate the skin:
Glycolic or Fruit Acid Peels
These peels work to loosen and eliminate dead skin cells so that newer cells can rise to the surface. Glycolic and fruit acid peels tend to be effective for oily skin, acne scarring, dull skin, dry skin, enlarged pores, aging skin and hyperpigmentation. The peels come in different depths which is determined by how acidic (pH) it is, the strength of the peel, and how long it stays on the skin.
Microdermabrasion is a commonly used, non-invasive procedure that uses micro-crystals or diamond tip to remove the outermost layer of dry, dead skin cells. This mechanical procedure typically requires a series of treatments to soften fine lines and wrinkles, smooth coarsely textured skin, decrease the appearance of scarring, pore size and reduce superficial age spots.
Gommage uses the traditional European technique of removing layers of dead skin cells with manipulation. The product is applied to the skin for a few minutes until it dries slightly. Then, you start rubbing it off the skin. The gommage rolls up of the skin as it rubbed, picking up the skin’s outermost dead skin cells with it.
Product for exfoliation, whether granular texture or gel like, are generally used in facial treatments to manually exfoliate and prepare the skin for the penetration of active products. These products are also available for home care usage.