Feeling DULL, DULL, DULL?
EXFOLIATE, EXFOLIATE, EXFOLIATE!
Exfoliation is the number one treatment that helps prevent new blemishes and allows your skin to heal from residual scarring and pigmentation. Good skin cell turnover solves a lot of complexion problems including breakouts, the aging process and an overall dull complexion. The most common types of exfoliation are: chemical exfoliation and physical exfoliation. Incorporating 1-2 of these products into your homecare regimen three times a week will give you glowing results.
Physical (otherwise known as mechanical) exfoliants are normally abrasive; scrubs, polishes - basically anything with a grain. Ingredients like walnuts, fruit pits and micro beads should be avoided as they can cause micro-tears in the skin due to the corrugated, sharp edges of the granules. Instead I would suggest you opt for a softer oatmeal, rice based scrub that lack irritants, gently sloughs off skin cells such as the IMAGE Skincare Ageless Total Resurfacing Masque. Facial brushes like the Tamba Sonic Facial Brush are another mechanical method of exfoliation by GENTLY vibrating at 6000 times per minute it has rounded silicone “nubs” that are non-irritating and can be used twice a day, even on sensitive skin!
. The great thing about physical exfoliators is that after a nice face scrub, you really get that instant gratification of a freshly-scrubbed face, all glowing and smooth. The massaging action also stimulates circulation, so your cheeks look naturally rosy and your complexion probably looks more “alive.”
No more than 3-4 times a week is needed and be careful not to overdo it.
Chemical exfoliants come in a much wider variety and dissolve the “glue” that holds skin cells together, allowing them to fall off. They won’t look like a typical scrub to the naked eye. It will contain a wide variety of acids (Lactic, Glycolic, Mandelic, Citric, etc.) in its list of ingredients to get the job done. These are performance ingredients that remove dead skin cells to reveal a smoother, brighter complexion. IMAGE Skincare's Ageless line uses glycolic and lactic acids as chemical exfoliants. The cool thing about these exfoliators is that they do more than just smooth your complexion—they can help stimulate collagen production, reduce wrinkles, firm skin and brighten!
Additionally, scheduling a treatment approximately every 4-8 weeks, such as microdermabrasion, dermaplaning, or a chemical peel will get you moving in the right direction quickly. Applying a good SPF is mandatory after bringing all of that beautiful new skin to the surface, so don't forget to protect!
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