As you age, your rate of dead skin cell turnover slows down and your skin thins. Exfoliation is a must, to keep those dead skin cells moving, providing better absorption of your moisturizers and nutrient serums. At the same time you are walking a fine line of balancing the right amount of exfoliation while protecting your skin’s protective barrier covering.
Mechanical exfoliation is achieved through substances such as walnut shell, sea salts or other forms of “grit” that will massage or rub the dead skin cells off. Chemical exfoliation is accomplished through an acid or a combination of acids that reduce the skin’s pH enough to remove the “glue” that holds the dead skin cell to the skin’s surface.
Overuse of either or both, together with fragile skin, or a sensitive skin condition such as eczema or rosacea, can set your skin up for signs of irritation and inflammation as well as redness, itching, swelling, scabbing, infection and scarring. [Read more…]