May 15, 2022
I wanted to get this post written yesterday, but my brain was fried, and I decided to get a pedicure and finish Breaking Bad after my day of giving facials (I know, I’m ~only~ 10 years late on all things Walter White). But at least today I have clean, pretty feet to go along with that empty feeling you get after finishing a great TV series.
If you haven’t already heard me talk about exfoliation 100x on Instagram then you haven't been paying attention! 😁 It's a key step in your weekly skincare routine to achieve healthier, more radiant skin.
Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells from the outer most layer of your skin. As we age, our natural skin cell turnover rate (the process of creating new skin cells to replace existing ones) and the shedding of the dead cells slows down.
As this slowing process happens, it results in more fine lines, wrinkles, sagging and dull skin (blah). It also can enable more acne causing bacteria to accumulate on the skins surface – resulting in visible blemishes.
This is where exfoliation comes into play – exfoliating is a way to manually help speed up the removal of dead skin cells, resulting in newer, fresher, and clearer skin that's visible on the surface. However, it is possible to over-exfoliate (been there, done that), which can cause more harm than good. Soooo, let me explain your options!
These are products that are granular or scrubby, that when applied to the skin, they physically buff or abrade the skin’s surface, thereby removing dead skin cell build-up. For instance, our Coffee Lovers Exfoliating Face Wash is a physical exfoliant.
This includes the use of enzymes and acid-based products that have an exfoliating effect as they dissolve the protein bonds that exist between dead skin cells, allowing for dead skin cell removal.
This involves the use of a machine or device to exfoliate. A common example of mechanical exfoliation is microdermabrasion, which typically involves the use of fine crystals and machine manipulation to resurface the skin (think sand-blasting and power-washing your face). This is a service offered by skincare professionals, like local estheticians. You definitely want a professional to handle this for you.
Next week, I'll go further into details about what exfoliation methods are good for what skin types/concerns. Please let us know if these posts are helpful. Talk soon!
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April 07, 2022
December 16, 2021
December 07, 2021
The holidays are looking a little different this year, but the stress we feel may be familiar: the pressure to get the perfect gift (and give it on time), how to gather safely with loved ones, making the perfect side dish, to travel or not to travel.
While we feel the effects of stress, you may not be aware of the visible effects of holiday stress on your skin. Yikes! Read on to learn what stress can do to your skin and some ways to ease stress-levels this holiday season - so you can focus on what matters most.