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Exfoliation - Chemical vs. Non-Chemical

November 3, 2017



There is no doubt that we need to exfoliate regularly, especially here in arid Colorado. Here we look at several factors such as how often, how deep or intense  and which method/s are safe and effective.


If you have a decent home care routine, you most likely exfoliate with products and tools once or twice per week. Products containing Salcylic or Glycolic Acid, Retinoids or physical texture like jojoba beads will do the trick. Home care products are to designed to work on only the most outer layer of dead skin and is the most shallow type of exfoliation.


I am a huge fan of a monthly Microdermabrasion to suction my pores and gently but rapidly  scrape off the dead layer that accumulates so fast in our dry climate. My skin feels "Baby Butt Soft" after a treatment. I feel fine about doing this as often as I like because it a Non-chemical method of exfoliation. Other examples are Dermaplaning, Shaving, Dry Brushing, etc. All of these methods are also only removing the topmost layer. The advantage of Microdermabrasion is the suction that excites the skin to produce collagen and peptides.


Chemical Peels go deeper and work best in a series but you will certainly see a difference with one treatment. For those who love to feel the activity of the products, this is tops! Be prepared to shed some dead 3 to 5 days after your peel. The deeper the peel, the thicker the shedding, ranging from slightly flaky to sheets!


Whichever methods you prefer - Shed the Dead!


If you are in the Longmont area and wish to discuss different options further, book a complimentary consultation and come on in!  If you are not local to Body & Face, please email us withthe method you wish to be contacted and we will consult that way.



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