Strip off that winter skin by EXFOLIATING.

Exfoliating is essential to our skin’s health (both face and body) to allow new cells to regenerate. While we naturally shed dead skin, our skin sometimes needs that extra help, especially post winter when we tend to hydrate less causing the skin to dry out further.

And while you may be thinking moisturising is the better solution for dehydration than exfoliation, the reality is that no amount of moisturising is going to penetrate the skin deep enough to make a difference if it has to try and fight through a dead layer of skin first. Hence the first step is to exfoliate.

Beyond allowing for deeper penetration and longevity of serums and moisturisers, exfoliating has many other benefits. It unclogs open pores, smoothes rough dry skin, restores the skin’s natural glow, lightens brown spots, pigmentation marks and softens the appearance of scarring.

There are a few different ways to exfoliate the skin. The most common are either of an enzyme/acid type or a mechanical/physical type.

Enzyme/Acid Exfoliators
Using chemicals or acids, these exfoliants melt and dissolve the intercellular glue that holds dead skin cells together. Exfoliants with AHAs are effective and gentle on the skin. AHAs are acids derived from natural substances such as fruit, nuts, rice or sugar. They are water soluble and can penetrate the skin to a level that also allows them to assist in the restructuring and synthesis of collagen and elastin, hydrating the skin and reducing the appearance of wrinkles and dark spots.

Mechanical/Physical Exfoliators
A physical exfoliant buffs the dead skin off with the use of grains, beads, microparticles or a brush. We recommend to pay attention to what is used as the exfoliating agent as some can do more harm than good not only to your skin but to the environment (by not being biodegradable). Exfoliating agents that are too sharp or jagged can cause micro-tears to the skin (markings similar to sandpaper on wood). Exfoliants that combine physical agents with enzymatic ingredients make great exfoliators such as the Mary Cohr Radiance Gentle Scrub which use pomegranate beads with papain (enzymes from papaya).

Which exfoliator is best?
The one that matches your skin type and lifestyle.
We are here to help discover the answer if unsure.

How often should you exfoliate?
This also depends on your skin. While one or two times a week is typically recommended, it is important to note that there is harm in over exfoliating the skin too, hence the key is balance. 

Over exfoliating results in stripping off the necessary oils that keeps our skin healthy and balanced resulting in sudden shine, sensations of tightness or sensitivity, inflammation, patches of dryness or peeling of skin. 

For any questions regarding exfoliating contact us at the spa on 03 9686 6000. We would love to help explain things further and recommend the most appropriate treatment and product for you.