It’s that spooooky time of year again when ghosts, goblins, and ghouls haunt our daily lives as they make appearances at our local grocery story, in advertisements, TV shows, movies, and conversations. It’s hard to go a day in October without noticing a creepy decal on somebody’s car or a rack of bloody costumes in Target or Costco. Halloween brings about our natural human fascination with the world of the spirits, death, and the unknown. And it packages it up in a neat, family friendly way that we can all participate in. And, although you may be the type to dress up on October 31st or go trick-or-treating with your family and friends, you most likely don’t want to be caught looking DEAD on any other day of the year. So, what do you do?
Exfoliation is the best way to combat the buildup of dead skin, dirt, and toxins resulting in dull, dry, and dead looking skin. Exfoliation is the process of using mechanical or chemical means to promote skin cell shedding from the epidermis. Despite the fact that skin exfoliation is incredibly beneficial, it is often an overlooked part of a healthy skin care regimen.
To understand why exfoliation is so important, it is necessary to first look at skin function and the natural sloughing process. The skin is made up of three layers – the hypodermis, dermis, and epidermis (see diagram below). Skin cells are constantly regenerated, with new skin cells created in the dermis and old, dead skin cells shed from the epidermis. This process keeps skin clean and smooth, helps prevent pore clogging, and reduces acne breakouts. As we age, the natural sloughing process can slow and become uneven. the result – dull, rough looking skin, clogged pores, and blemishes. Exfoliation helps prevent skin from becoming dull and damaged looking by removing dead cells and encouraging cell turnover.
At birth, complete cell turnover takes approximately 2 weeks. At 50 years old, the same process takes 4 – 6 weeks. Thus, in order to maintain young, healthy looking skin – we have to help our skin speed up that process through exfoliation!
How can exfoliation improve your skin?
- It removes dead, dry skin cells to reveal healthy, translucent skin underneath
- It supports health skin cell function by increasing epidermal turnover rate
- It helps prevent the cell buildup associated with clogged pores and acne
- And, it helps fade age spots
Two Types of Exfoliation – Mechanical & Chemical
Mechanical exfoliation involves physically scrubbing dead skin cells from the surface using an abrasive, such as beet sugar crystals in Celloxylin Enzyme Activated Micro Scrub. Commonly used abrasives include plastic beads, salt, sugar, crushed nut shells, pumice, and abrasive sponges or loofahs. Chemical exfoliation involves using chemical means to loosen the bonds that hold dead skin cells to the epidermis. Many chemical exfoliants use fruit acids or alpha-hydroxy acids, such as those used in Celloxylin MD 20EX Acid Peel. Fruit enzymes can also be used to help dissolve dead cells.
How often should I exfoliate?
While exfoliation is an important step in promoting healthy skin cell turnover, over-exfoliation can cause skin drying and irritation. It is generally recommended that we exfoliate 1-3 times per week, depending on our particular skin type and exposure to environmental factors that cause skin damage. For example, oily skin tends to slough off skin cells less easily, so an individual with oily skin may exfoliate more frequently than someone with normal or sensitive skin. When designing a regimen suited to your needs, by sure to assess how your skin feels before and after exfoliating to determine the frequency that is best for you!
What products should I use to exfoliate?
We recommend three of Apriori Beauty’s finest exfoliation and skin cleansing products…
- Celloxylin Enzyme Activated Micro Scrub
- Celloxylin MD 20EX Acid Peel
- Celloxylin Pure Detox Clay Face Treatment Purifying Masque
For face and body – experience exfoliation like never before with activated papaya enzymes and sugar beet crystals. This unique and proprietary combination of enzymes and renewing crystals, gently cools and effectively removes dead surface skin cells, leaving skin visibly smooth and remaining cells wrapped by the anti-aging Nutrient Reservoir ingredients. This scrub is also perfect for visibly brightening areas affected by age spots. Enzyme Activated Micro Scrub encourages healthy skin cell turnover to help prevent dull, damaged looking skin.
- Beet sugar and papaya enzymes encourage healthy skin cell sloughing
- Goji Berry and Ginseng provide anti-inflammatory support
- Menthol cools and refreshes
- Brightens dull, dry skin and age spots
A pharmaceutical grade skincare treatment that is incredibly effective without a prescription. No needles or knives, just an advanced, innovative product that replaces expensive medical procedures and in-office treatments! Celloxylin MD 20EX Acid Peel — just what the Doctor ordered for environmental damage and mature skin. Using the highest active levels possible without a prescription, this non-abrasive formula provides intensive 20% EXfoliation with a potent complex of glycolic acid, lactic acid, glucosamine, and encapsulated salicylic acid. This proprietary complex is clinically-proven to improve skin’s appearance and texture and to reduce the signs of environmental aging, including wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and scarring. Soothing and calming ingredients help make this peel safe and effective, without long-term irritation. A natural alternative to professional treatments, this fast-acting peel provides immediate, visible results in the comfort of your own home. A fantastic alternative to professional treatments, skin is visibly transformed in the comfort of your own home!
Your skin is the largest organ in your body and is in constant contact with and exposed to environmental elements. Over time, pores can become filled with pollutants and dirt that regular cleansings can’t reach, causing blemishes, dullness and other skin ailments. Treat your skin to the ultimate cleanse with Celloxylin® Pure Detox Purifying Masque. Cleanse, exfoliate, detoxify and pull out impurities with this potent combination of pumice, cleansing clays, nourishing and protecting Nutrient Reservoir™ ingredients, soothing botanicals and the Enviro-Extract™ blend, which removes and guards against exposure to the elements. Skin appearance is immediately improved, refreshed and luminous. Pure Detox exfoliates plus purifies by pulling out pollutants from the skin.