This year I have not been doing enough reviews – I admit…But my goal for 2012 and beyond is to provide you with the latest and greatest beauty secrets out there. Having worked professionally in the beauty industry over 13 years, I have tried and discovered some outstanding products and procedures that I consider to be the very best available. Being that we still have a little time left before 2012 knocks on our door, I owe it to you (and myself) to get started a little early. So…..
Exfoliation! Exfoliation! Exfoliation!
LOVE IT!!!!! LOVE IT!!!!! LOVE IT!!!!!
Did I mention I love it?
Exfoliation involves the removal of the oldest dead skin cells (yuck!) on the skin’s outermost surface. The end result is smooth, glowing skin. Exfoliation can be achieved through two methods: mechanical and chemical
Examples of mechanical exfoliation include microdermabrasion (microderm), dermaplaning, facial scrubs, use of a Clarisonic Brush, sponges, loofahs, and use of microfiber cloths.
Examples of chemical exfoliation include scrubs and solutions containing salicylic and glycolic acids, fruit enzymes, malic acid, or citric acid, which may be applied in high concentrations by a medical professional, or in lower concentrations in over-the-counter products. Chemical exfoliation may involve the use of products that contain alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs), or enzymes that act to loosen the glue-like substance that holds skin cells together, allowing them to fall off (exfoliate) the surface of the skin.
That being said, my favorite methods of exfoliation for home and as treatments offered in a medi-spa are as follows:
Mechanical: At home – Clarisonic Brush
Medi-spa treatment – Microderm
Chemical: At home – RetinA (for nighttime)
Obagi Exfoderm (for daytime)
Medi-spa treatment – Glycolic Peels, Salicylic Peels, and Jessner’s Peels
Stay tuned, I’ll be giving more product/treatment reviews in the near future!