Every month, your skin renews itself. “Dead skin cells” naturally detach from the surface of the epidermis to give way to new cells that form deep within. If these dead cells do not detach, and thus accumulate on the surface, they contribute to the appearance of a dull, rough, lackluster complexion.
Exfoliation is the removal of dry dead skin cells on the surface of the epidermis. Once removed from this barrier of dead cells, the skin is able to better absorb daily skincare treatments such as serums, oils and creams.
Many skin concerns can be significantly improved through exfoliation. Here are some examples:
With age, cell renewal slows down. This means that the formation of new cells declines and that the natural elimination of dead skin cells becomes more difficult. Thus, the accumulation of dead cells intensifies the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, especially around the eyes.Exfoliation helps to revitalize cell renewal and gradually smooths the complexion to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Pigmentation spots often appear over time as a result of repeated sun exposure or during hormonal fluctuations. Exfoliation is ideal for removing pigmentation cells and for encouraging the formation of new cells. Combined with lightening treatments, exfoliation reduces the appearance of pigmentation spots.
Before applying a moisturizer on dry skin, it is imperative to exfoliate! Otherwise, you will only hydrate dead skin cells and your moisturizer will lose all its effectiveness.
Dull and Irregular Complexion
Did you know that dead skin cells do not reflect the light? This is why your skin can lack radiance. Exfoliation gives way to younger skin cells able to reflect the light for a more uniform and radiant complexion full of vitality.
Pores, Blackheads and Acne
During cell renewal, dead cells sometimes have difficulty detaching and therefore accumulate in the pores. Surrounded by sebum, these dead cells obstruct the pores and contribute to the formation of comedones or acne pimples. Thus, exfoliation prevents the appearance of comedones and acne lesions by helping to evacuate dead cells and sebum. In addition, it improves dilated pores and absorbs excess sebum.
Choose your exfoliant according to the degree of sensitivity of your skin.