New skin cells are created in the skin’s lower layer, the dermis. It takes aprox 30 days for this “new” skin to reach the surface. During those 30 days the skin becomes more acidic and becomes saturated with Keratin. Keratin is important because it protects the skin from outside elements. Through the natural ageing process, and after menopause for women, the natural process of skin shedding itself slows down and becomes uneven, which gives skin a dry and rough character. Exfoliation removes the outer layer to reveal the newer skin beneath. This shedding of the outer layer unclogs pores, keeps skin clean, and helps reduce acne outbreaks. It is possible to over exfoliate, which dries and irritates the skin. The face is the part of the body most sensitive to exfoliation. Hence, provided that exfoliating causes the skin to dry out, it is very important to moisturize it, because dry skin can lead to wrinkles! Pick your products wisely and don’t overdo it!
My three favorite picks for exfoliation are…
1. YSL Top Secret Gommage ($44) which uses sugar and oils
2. Proactive Glycolic Toner ($25) uses glycolic acid that acts as pac man eating dead skin cells
3. St. Ives Apricot Scrub (5$) Salicydic acid and granular particles
Watch this video to see how you can make your own natural organic body scrub