Can you really scrub your way to healthier and younger looking skin? Polishing away pesky dead skin cells gives you a clear, glowing complexion and can even help prevent wrinkles.
If you want great skin, exfoliating should play a key role in your beauty routine. Here are 8 reasons why:
1. Exfoliating Speeds Up Skin Cell Renewal
Your outermost layer of skin (the skin you can actually see) is made up of dry, dead skin cells in order to keep water-rich skin cells in deeper layers from coming into contact with the environment and drying out.
A skin cells starts its life plump and new in the deepest layer of the epidermis and moves upward through the layers becoming flatter and dryer until it is sloughed off as a “squame” or a dead skin cell. This process normally takes 28 days but starts to slow down in our twenties and thirties.
The longer this process takes, the longer these little dead, dry, squames will sit on the surface of your skin. Exfoliation removes these dead skin cells which then signals the body to start producing new skin cells, effectively speeding up the process of skin cell renewal.
2. Exfoliating Creates Smoother and Softer Skin
As we age the skin’s natural skin cell shedding process becomes erradic and dead skin cells are not sloughed off evenly, causing rough and scaly patches. Exfoliation removes the dead skin cells uniformly, revealing softer and smoother skin.
3. Exfoliating Reduces the Appearance of Fine Lines
Dead skin cell build up can make fine lines and wrinkles much more noticeable. By polishing off dead skin cells, younger and smoother skin cells are revealed and fine lines can disappear.
4. Exfoliating Makes Your Expensive Skincare Products Work Better
Anti-aging creams that claim to increase collagen and elastin must penetrate past the epidermis and all the way down into the dermis to be effective (and it’s a long journey!). Exfoliating thins the epidermis by removing layers of dead skin cells and allows topical products to more easily penetrate and reach the deeper layers of the skin where they can work their magic.
5. Exfoliating Improves Skin Tone
Exfoliating has been known to remove the shallow pigmentation and sun spots that appear on the surface of the skin, creating a more even complexion.
6. Exfoliating Increases Circulation
As skin cells move to the outer layers of the skin, they move farther and farther away from the blood vessels in the dermis that supply blood, oxygen and nutrients to the skin cells. Exfoliating draws blood to the surface of the skin, increasing circulation and the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the outer layers of the skin, where they are needed most.
7. Exfoliating Stimulates the Production of New Collagen
With age, the production of collagen slows down and collagen fibers become thin and damaged. Exfoliation stimulates the production of new collagen fibers and can reverse the thinning of collagen.
8. Exfoliating Can Help Prevent Breakouts
Exfoliating regularly can help keep your pores clean and unclogged and could mean a permanent farewell to breakouts.
As you can see, there are a ton of benefits to exfoliating but you can definitely overdo it. Exfoliating once or twice a week is plenty and if your skin gets red or irritated, this is a sign that you are exfoliating too often or the scrub you are using is too abrasive for your skin.
U. Med Spa’s most popular exfoliating treatment, the SkinCeuticals Micropeel, combines three types of exfoliation: dermaplaning, a chemical peel, and cryogenic therapy (dry ice) to polish away signs of aging, skin dullness, pigmentation and imperfections.
And until September 30th, our SkinCeuticals Micropeel is only $99, regularly $150!
Give us a call at 972.943.UMED (8633) to book your free consultation!