Glowing and smooth skin maybe something that you’re born with, but it probably isn’t going to stay around for life. Unfortunately, there is no genie in a bottle that can bring back that fresh dewy glow. Bronzers might offer a quick fix, but the effect doesn’t last long. Difficult as it may be, enjoying a dewy look isn’t impossible After all, millions of women sport that glow every day. So what is it that sets their skin care regimen apart?
As we age, our skin renewal process begins to slow down. This is further accelerated by other factors such as premature aging, which usually occurs due to sun damage, improper skin care, pollution and unhealthy lifestyles. As a result, skin begins to look dull and unpolished, which usually ages our look by years.
Exfoliation is one of the best ways of removing this dull look, as it helps to get rid of the dead skin cells that cling to the surface of our skin, and allows the younger and newer cells hidden underneath to reveal themselves. However, exfoliation is only effective when you choose the right method. OROGOLD helps you understand the different types of exfoliation, so as to allow you to make a more informed decision in choosing the right option for your face and your body.
Mechanical exfoliation requires the use of a specific tool such as a sponge, loofah or a brush, or physical exfoliants such as oatmeal, rice bran and corn cobs. These abrasive ingredients cause friction to loosen the dead skin cells clinging to the outermost layer of your skin so that they can be easily washed off. However, mechanical exfoliating tools have a number of drawbacks. First off, they require manual labor (unless you buy one of those power tools). Secondly, these tools are abrasive by nature, which means that they might end up being too harsh on your skin, leaving it feeling irritated.
Exfoliating cleansers are just that; they cleanse your skin while offering a mild level of exfoliation as well. These products are simple facial cleansers that have exfoliating ingredients or exfoliants mixed in their formulation. While these cleansers don’t usually irritate skin the way many mechanical exfoliators do, they may not be as effective since they usually have a smaller amount of exfoliants. Lower concentrations of exfoliants works well for maintenance, but we generally recommend a more powerful method of exfoliation on a weekly basis.
Exfoliating peels allow you to reveal younger and brighter looking skin by assisting your skin in removing its dead skin cells. When used in the prescribed manner, an exfoliating peel can help diminish the look of lines and wrinkles and minimize the appearance of pores. The best exfoliating peels contain ingredients such as alpha hydroxy acids, beta hydroxy acids and enzymes which work to loosen the skin cells, together with a healthy concentration of moisturizing ingredients and antioxidants such as vitamins C and E to ensure that the products are smooth and gentle on your skin. What makes exfoliating peels so popular is that unlike most chemical peels, they don’t require expert supervision and can be used from the comforts of your own home. A word of caution though, it is essential that you follow the how to use instructions to the letter. Not doing so could lead to some of those side effects that made you avoid chemical peels in the first place.
Exfoliation masks are skin care products that need to be left on your face for a certain period of time, after which they need to be washed off or peeled away. These masks are usually found in a gel-like form and can help in removing dirt and oil from your pores as well as dead skin cells from your epidermis. Although safe for use, exfoliation masks usually don’t offer the same level of exfoliation as exfoliation peels.
Unlike the methods mentioned above, chemical peels usually require expert supervision. Some, weaker product formulations can be used at home, however most can only be applied by a specialist. Chemical peels are extremely powerful exfoliating products that can remove multiple layers of dead and damaged skin cells. However, an obvious drawback is that they increase the sensitivity of your skin, which means that you need to avoid sunlight for a specified period of time, depending on the kind of chemical peel used. Some users experience burning sensations or irritation. Another obvious drawback is that skin will literally peel with this type of product. Users need to allow about a week of peeling time (make sure you don’t have any special events or photo ops scheduled for that time).
Microdermabrasion is a process which disrupts the surface of your skin to remove the damaged skin cells. The biggest difference between microdermabrasion and chemical peels is that while chemical peels use chemicals, microdermabrasion is done using sanding, which means that there the downtime is minimum to none. There are two types of microdermabrasion – deep microdermabrasion and superficial microdermabrasion. Deep microdermabrasion disrupts the entire epidermis and is often known to be quite risky. However, when done correctly, it can lead to dramatic improvement in skin tone, pigmentation and other skin issues. On the other hand, superficial microdermabrasion exfoliates the top 3 – 5 layers of the skin.
Exfoliation is a wonderful process. With so many options to choose from, you can rest assured that there is something perfect for you. However, like all other skin care processes, exfoliation is only effective when you choose the right method that has the right ingredients, and use it in the right manner. That said, once you do manage to familiarize yourself with the various intricacies of exfoliation, revealing that dewy, youthful glow becomes quite easy. Remember, educate, then exfoliate!