Fresh Skin for the Fall! Part 1: Exfoliation

Exfoliation is the key to fresher, younger looking skin

This Fall we are focusing on getting your skin looking and feeling young, fresh and healthy. We’ll be doing a series of blog posts highlighting services, products, and at-home routines that can help.  Today, we’ll start with some basics about exfoliation.

If you want fresh, new skin, you’ve got to get rid of the old stuff.  In the skin care world, that means exfoliation. Simply put, exfoliation is getting rid of dead skin cells.

Your skin has a natural growth and renewal cycle.  Usually, it takes 28-30 days for your skin cells to die, slough off and produce new cells.  As we encounter stress, pollution, hormone fluctuations, make up and aging, this natural cycle can be slowed or repressed.  Leaving dead cells on your skin can clog your pores resulting in blemishes and breakouts, and can cause your skin to look dull and lifeless.

Exfoliation helps stimulate the rate of cell renewal and keeps your skin fresh and healthy.  At Oasis, we offer two types of exfoliation, microdermabrasion and chemical peels. Along with products you can use at-home, these services can help your skin maintain (or get back) a youthful, smooth look.

CAUTION! While getting rid of dead skin cells is good and necessary, there is such a thing as over-exfoliation.  One to two times per week is plenty.  Any more can cause over-drying of the skin, irritation, break outs, and the spreading of bacteria.

If you like technical terms and scientific details, we recommend this article.

Keep in mind, to see long-term results you’ve got to develop long-term habits.  You and your skin are worth a little time and effort.

Next time, we’ll talk more in-depth about chemical exfoliation and its benefits.

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