EX­FO­LI­A­TION 101

Style Magazine - - Promotion - Cheree Con­nolly, Stella Skin and Beauty

In win­ter, the weather is cold and the hu­mid­ity is low, which means the wa­ter in your skin evap­o­rates faster, re­sult­ing in dry, tight and some­times flaky skin. Ad­di­tion­ally, most of us are turn­ing the heaters up and get­ting closer to the toasty fire, in­creas­ing that evap­o­ra­tion rate. The skin nat­u­rally sheds the outer su­per­fi­cial dead lay­ers of skin, how­ever in win­ter with mois­ture es­sen­tially be­ing sucked out those dead lay­ers com­pact and stay put. What this means is that no mat­ter how much mois­turiser and oil you slather on, it will not ab­sorb.

EXFOLIATE

Ex­fo­li­a­tion is re­mov­ing those dead skin cells to al­low serums and mois­turiser to be de­liv­ered into the skin. The skin nat­u­rally ex­fo­li­ates or sheds the dead skin cells, how­ever there are a lot of con­tribut­ing fac­tors that can slow down that process. Ex­am­ples are aging, en­vi­ron­men­tal fac­tors, pol­lu­tion, diet and life­style, ge­net­ics, skin care regime — all of these can re­sult in dull, lack lus­tre skin. Ex­fo­li­a­tion brings back that healthy glow and can also re­duce the ap­pear­ance of pores.

There are phys­i­cal ex­fo­liants that will ‘buff ’ the dead skin cells off such as scrubs, loofahs and ex­fo­li­at­ing tow­els. There are chem­i­cal ex­fo­liants, these have ac­tive in­gre­di­ents that will dis­solve the dead skin cells and pro­vides a deeper re­sult.

Depend­ing on your skin type and prod­uct, exfoliate two to three times per week on av­er­age.

I like to con­sult with my client and tai­lor a skin treat­ment jour­ney to their skin con­cerns and to suit their life­style.

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