As we mature, our skin cell regeneration deteriorates, and the rate of skin cell renewal slows down. Regular exfoliation accelerates the skins natural desquamation process. The removal of dead skin cells allows fresh new cells to be revealed improving the appearance of the skin. Exfoliation also increases blood circulation, brings more oxygen and nutrients to the skin cells, removes dead skin cells from the surface helping to keep pores from becoming clogged, and improves skin tone by removing pigmented surface cells.
There are different forms of exfoliation - mechanical and chemical. Mechanical exfoliation uses a tool such as microdermabrasion or product with an abrasive texture to remove outer corneocytes. While chemical exfoliation utilizes hydroxy acids, such as glycolic, lactic and malic acids, to dissolve the bonds that hold skin cells together allowing them to shed. Fruit enzymes such as papain and bromelain are another form of chemical exfoliation and work by dissolving protein (keratin) causing a softening effect to the skin and sloughing off of dead skin cells. Regular exfoliation speeds up your skin’s natural renewal process, helps to keep acne under control, diminishes uneven skin tone and discoloration, softens fine lines and wrinkles and leaves skin soft and glowing.Microdermabrasion can:
- Improve age spots and blackhead acne
- Improve hyperpigmentation (patches of darkened skin)
- Exfoliate your skin, resulting in a refreshed appearance
- Lessen the appearance of stretch marks.
- Reduce or eliminate enlarged pores