Exfoliation 101: The what, why and when?

by | 13 June 2023

While you might already know that exfoliating your skin leaves it feeling fresh, understanding the what, why, and when is crucial to maintain your skin in its optimal state!

Our skin is designed to naturally undergo desquamation, a process in which old skin cells are shed and are replaced by new ones. In fact, every 30 days, our skin regenerates itself, renewing its surface through cell turnover. However, as we grow older, this rejuvenation process gradually slows down, meaning your skin’s own exfoliation process can be inhibited. With this in mind, let’s explore the significance of exfoliation in our skincare routine.

What does it mean to exfoliate and what are the benefits?

Exfoliation is the process of removing redundant skin cells from the skin’s outermost layer, the epidermis.

What are redundant skin cells you may ask?

They are the skin cells that are almost ready to shed! Exfoliation involves using a physical or chemical agent to buff and polish the skin, revealing a brighter and more radiant complexion. Not only does exfoliation leave the skin feeling smoother and softer, but it also allows for better penetration of your other skincare products.

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Risks of over-exfoliating your skin

Whilst exfoliation has its benefits, over-exfoliating your skin can have adverse effects. Exfoliating too much can weaken the skin’s protective barrier, making it more susceptible to environmental aggressors and can also deplete your skin’s natural oils and moisture. Over-exfoliating can also disrupt the natural skin cell turnover process, leading to a skin that doesn’t perform important tasks it is designed to do.

It’s important to find a balance and choose the right exfoliation method and frequency that suits your skin’s individual type and condition.

How often should we exfoliate?

When the skin barrier is working at its best, we see a delicate balance of oil and water. The water facilitates the natural shedding of skin cells, while the oil ensures proper hydration. This ideal synergy results in a naturally exfoliated complexion, often without the need for excessive interventions. While a weekly exfoliation may suffice for many, it is always best to consult with a Skin Treatment Therapist for personalised recommendations to suit your individual skin type.

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Different types of exfoliators for your skin type

  • Peeling Cream – Made from jojoba beads, combined with dermaviduals’ unique Derma Membrane Structure, this polishing cream is formulated with skin-friendly ingredients for gentle exfoliation and repair of the skin’s surface.
  • Individual Mask – Formulated with kaolin clay in an aqueous gel base, the Individual Mask not only increases hydration but also remineralises the skin, having antimicrobial anti-inflammatory properties. What’s great about our Individual Mask is that it’s fully customisable to your skin! Your Skin Treatment Therapist can add 4ml of serums to perfectly target your individual needs.
  • Enzyme Mask for in-clinic treatments – A professional mask filled with skin-purifying ingredients such as natural pineapple and papaya enzymes, and a mix of kaolin clay and bentonite for gentle removal of redundant skin cells.

What to apply after exfoliation to enhance results

  • Treatment Lotions & Tonicsrefresh your skin with a spritz of a nourishing lotion or corrective tonic before applying serums and moisturisers to replenish hydration.
  • Vitamin Cream Maska rich and creamy vitamin cocktail suited to normal to dehydrated skin. This mask is formulated with nourishing vitamins and antioxidants to rebalance and regenerate the skin.
  • DMS Mask with Vitamins a milky vitamin mask formulated with dermaviduals’ unique Derma Membrane Structure that revitalises and restores hydration within the skin, suitable for oily to normal skin.
  • Epi Nouvelle+ Sheet MasksImmediately cooling, soothing, hydrating and most importantly, cell regenerating.These masks are extremely soft and supple, adhering to the skin without any additives.

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We strongly suggest consulting with your skin treatment therapist to find the best dermaviduals cleanser suited to you. Search our clinic finder to locate a corneotherapist near you!