Is your skin looking dull? An easy way to get your skin glowing again is to exfoliate your skin regularly. Exfoliation removes the dead skin cells which causes your skin to look dull. It is also necessary for clear skin, free of acne and blackheads. There are many ways to exfoliate, both your body and face. Let’s talk about facial exfoliation.
1. Clarisonic system is the easiest way to get your glow back. Used daily you will see a significant difference in your skin. There are different heads that you can buy, depending on your skin’s sensitivity. I love mine and have had it for several years. Definitely worth the investment. Clarisonic prices start at about $125.00 http://www.clarisonic.com/ Note that some kits come with cleansers. There are many options in OTC cleansers. My recommendation is to buy the machine only, with extra heads.
2. Buy a cleanser that contains glycolic or lactic acid. These ingredients create exfoliation and cell turnover. You can find many professional brand name products online. Or ask an esthetician or dermatologist for a recommendation.
3. Use a OTC Retinol product or Retin-A Rx or Tazorac Rx are also good choices. Your skin will shed the old cells and build new cells. Start off with a low dose of .05%. Using Retinoids will also prevent acne and blackheads from forming. Retinols build collagen and ellastin necessary for healthy, youthful looking skin.
4. Get a chemical peel 2x a year. Change of seasons is a good time. Peel are sometimes given in a series, this will depend on how much sun damage you have. Time the peel accordingly, because you may be red and peeling for several days. Once your skin has peeled you will be amazed at how youthful, healthy and glowing it is. Go to a licensed esthetician, RN, or Physician Assistant who works either in a medi-spa, dermatologist or plastic surgeon’s office. There are many chemical peels available today. There are superficial peels, medium depth peels and deep peels. The strength of the peel will depend on what results you are seeking, your skin type and how much down- time you are willing to take. TCA (trichloroacetic acid) peels and Glycolic acid peels are the most popular. Chemical peels are recommended for Hyperpigmentation, Sun damage, texture, pre-cancerous lesions, acne, lines, mild wrinkles, lip Creases. There are pre-cautionary measures to take prior to having a TCA peel, check with your skincare specialist first.