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Imagine if we could go back in time to when we were adorable little babies?
I bet most of you are now thinking about those days when you had no responsibilities, no worries and not a care in the world – okay, snap out of it! and let’s get back to reality. Are you familiar with the phrase ‘smoother than a baby’s bottom?’ Yes Ultimate Lifers, I’m talking about our skin when we were little cute ‘babbas’ – so smooth and so plump!
Let’s face it, we can never have babies skin and stop the ageing process (unless you’ve seen the film when death becomes her and believe otherwise) but what if there was something that could bring us closer to that dream of having skin so smooth you would have to touch to believe? Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to the power of exfoliation!. If want How to improve skin texture for smoother skin you have to include this.
What is Exfoliation?
Firstly, a quick biology lesson! In a process called keratinisation, the skin is continuously renewing itself and generates new skin cells in the bottom layer of the epidermis (basal layer). These new cells eventually make their way up to the epidermis (stratum corneum – top visible layer) and flake off approximately a month after they form. However, as we age the process of keratinisation slows down and this is where exfoliation comes in handy.
Exfoliation is a technique where you remove dead cells from the top layer of your skin. By removing this top layer of dead skin cells, exfoliation helps to smooth and brighten your complexion and enhances the performance of your skincare products.
Physical Vs Chemical Exfoliants
Physical and chemical exfoliations both do the same thing, they improve skin texture for smoother skin – however they both slough off dead skin cells in different ways.
Physical exfoliants come in the form of a brush, small grains or a scalpel. A scrub is a perfect example of a physical exfoliant, which you can often find in your local beauty store. Be wary of scrubs that contain large beads and have rough edges – they have a tendency to cause micro-tears in the skin, leading to damaged skin and increased risk of hyper-pigmentation. Scrubbing the skin too aggressively can also cause more harm than good – so take extra care when using physical exfoliants.
A beauty tip is to opt for quality scrubs that contain smooth, gentle micro-beads to Improve skin Texture for smoother Skin and use your fingertips to work the scrub using light pressure.
Chemical exfoliants works by loosening the bonds between cells using enzymes or acids to slough off dead skin cells. Remember the game Pac-Man? Okay, so Imagine Pac-Man is the chemical exfoliant and the Pac-dots are the dead skin – chemicals can be described as an acid or enzyme nibbling away at dead skin cells just like Pac Man munching away at Pac-dots!
A popular chemical exfoliant you are probably familiar with is AHA’s (Alpha Hydroxy Acids), which are widely used in skincare as moisturisers and exfoliants. Not only are they good for achieving smoother skin, they are great for treating hyperpigmentation and fine lines and wrinkles.
So there you have it – chemical and physical exfoliants are two very different methods of exfoliation but have the same goal – they exfoliate dead skin cells for a smoother and flawless complexion.
If you would like to know more about different type of acids used to How to improve skin texture for smoother skin skincare and how to choose the best one for your skin type – stay tuned for another episode of more beauty tips and tricks!
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THE beauty maven (Alisha Myer), a former Harley Street Skin Care specialist. Qualified in advance skincare and laser treatments. NVQ level 3 Aesthetician and with over 8 years experience in beauty and aesthetics. Extensive training led her to become a Senior Aesthetic Practitioner working alongside aclaimed Doctors and Surgeons.
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