Did you know that exfoliating your face every day unclogs the pores of your skin from sebum, refines skin texture and improves the skin’s surface? This cleansing method restores brilliance to your skin by removing dead skin cells from the epidermis and stimulating cell renewal. In general, exfoliation is the basis for other related treatments. By adding exfoliation to your beauty routine, your skin will reap huge benefits.
An exfoliative product for each person
There are numerous over-the-counter exfoliative products available. The challenge is to choose the right one, the one that corresponds to your skin type. It is recommended to use synthetic microspheres, because the surface of natural particles (salt, sand, cores) is irregular and as a result more irritating. For mixed or oily skins, it is important to use condensed textures that will ensure a deep cleansing of the skin. For dry skins, a gentle scrub with a fluffy texture or non-irritating enzymes should be preferred.
Some exfoliants contain AHAs (alpha-hydroxyl acids or fruit acid), glycolic acid and salicylic acid. These are chemical exfoliants. We even find products (usually in the form of masks) that combine both types of chemical and mechanical exfoliants. Distributors offer chemical exfoliants composed of varying acidic concentrations. This is frequently the case with salicyclic acid. In general, concentrations of 4%, 8% and 10% are readily available. Salicylic acid based products are to be preferred for acne-prone skins, because this ingredient has anti-acne properties. People suffering from acne must avoid grainy scrubs, because they can stimulate the sebaceous glands to increase fatty secretions in the face, which could in turn produce more acne. When using chemical exfoliants, there is no need to scrub, a simple application is sufficient (with gloves or an applicator) to chemically dissolve dead cells. These may irritate sensitive skins.
Facial exfoliation is appropriate for virtually anyone. However, it is not recommended for cancer patients or those who have a fever. People who suffer from allergies or who have developed a skin disease should ask for professional advice before beginning any type of exfoliation.
What is the best moment for an exfoliation?
Exfoliation is generally performed in the morning once a week or according to the indications of your cosmetologist once you have thoroughly cleansed the skin with a facial lotion, milk cream or cleansing foam. The exfoliating product is applied just before the mask, or the day cream and the eye contour care. Since the skin is more fragile after the application of the exfoliative product, it is preferable to wait a few hours before exposing it to the sun. Complete with a hydrating cream that will protect and soothe the skin, and help it restore its hydrolipidic barrier that was lost during the deep scrub. The absorption of the active ingredients present in the creams and masks is more active after the exfoliation. Your skin will be better hydrated and the wrinkles and fine lines will fade more rapidly.
So now you are all geared up to obtain the best results possible. Whatever your goal, exfoliation at home is the golden rule to get fast results!
Here is a list of all our exfoliation products that can be applied at home and are easy to use:
- Exoderm: exfoliative gel with microspheres by Action de Gala;
- Enzyderm: enzymatic exfoliative gel by Action de Gala;
- Exfoliative Ritualist Mask: alphahydroxyacid complex and mineral microcrystals by Germaine de Capuccini;
- Silky scrub: exfoliative powder by Germaine de Capuccini;
- Libraderm: salicyclic acid based balancing gel by Action de Gala;
- AHA night cream: 5% glycolic acid by Action de Gala
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