- Posted by Sarah
- On January 16, 2019
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I am absolutely terrible when it comes down to looking after me. I know what to do and why we need to do it – but I am awful at following my own advice, the advice I give my clients and the advice that gives them great glowing skin. I know the secret to fresh, rejuvenated skin is exfoliation, so I am hoping that by posting this blog – I’ll inspire myself, as well as anyone like me to look after the skin we have and the skin that will grow old with us.
Basically, exfoliation means that you remove all dead skin cells. Your skin does naturally shed and renew itself, but because we live in a world with free radicals (little terrors that cause havoc for our skin) we need to help our skin out a bit.
There are so many great benefits to exfoliating: improve circulation, improve cell renewal process, brighten skin tone, even skin tone, increase production of elastin and collagen, Improve skin texture, improves absorption of products – the benefits are endless!
It can be a little overwhelming looking for the best exfoliator for your specific skin type. Hopefully I can clear a few things up for you. You get physical exfoliators, which are basically scrubs – these are great if you like that scrubbing feeling, but it is important to note that scrubs can actually damage your skin and create tiny tears in the surface of the skin. And then you get chemical exfoliators, aka peels, these are always the favourites as they range in strength and you can really customize the right peel for you. Peels are great for sensitive skin all the way to the toughest skin.
And just to make life a little more complicating, you get 2 different types of chemical peels too. AHAs – glycolic acid, lactic acid, malic acid and BHAs – Salicylic acid.
Salicylic is the only acid that is oil soluble, so it is great for oily skins, but it is important that you don’t over do it as you can damage your skin’s acid mantle and end up having oilier skin that gives you more problems. But on the same note it also has anti-inflammatory properties, so it is great for breakouts. Basically you must always follow the products instructions and not try test the boundaries as you can damage your skin.
AHAs are generally the favourites. You need to make sure your skin is properly cleansed before using these peels to get the best results. These peels are often time dependent – meaning the longer you leave them on the skin the more they peel.
Now, how often should you exfoliate? This depends on your products, your lifestyle and your budget. Ideally, you’d like to use homecare products where you exfoliate at least 2 to 3 times a week, and then have a peel or deep cleansing facial at least once every 4 to 6 weeks.
Your lifestyle plays a huge part in your skin. If you work in the city and surrounded by pollution, or smoke, or are up most of the night (our skin naturally renews while you are sleeping and resting – so if you do not sleep well your skin is generally really sluggish). If you excercise your skin generally looks great, as long as you cleanse it after your session otherwise the sweat will clog your pores. If you leave your make up on at night then you will also clog your pores. So always make sure you go to bed with a clean face – and if you are going to do any extras night time is always the best time of day to treat your skin.
My favourite products to use is the RegimA range. They have a powerful peel combination that peels and heals your skin at the same time. Its crazy but amazing at the same time. They have a night cream that peels your skin while you sleep, you wake up in the morning positively glowing! What I enjoy the most is that they are simple too. I have a day cream, cleanser, night cream and eye cream that I use every day and then a brightening serum that I use most of the time. And then I have a their 50% Power Peel once a month. And as long as I stick to it then my skin really does glow!
I’d love to hear back from you, and your favourite products are or what your routine is?