All About Exfoliation

All About Exfoliation

Exfoliating is the process of scrubbing away dead cells that gather on the uppermost layer of your skin. These cells would fall off naturally after a while, but a scrub or chemical exfoliant can clear them away and improve your skin's appearance. 

Exfoliation is any process that takes off the top layers of skin cells before they come off naturally. Some people find that the top layers of skin look dull or dry, and removing them improves their skin's appearance. ‌There are some exfoliation methods you can use at home and a cosmetologist or trained esthetician can help with others. It's very easy to include exfoliation in your skincare routine at home. The best way to start is to use gentle exfoliants to see how your skin reacts. Some methods can be too harsh for some skin types.

Manual exfoliation is when you use a tool to remove the dead cells on the surface of your skin. Skin scrubs with a gritty texture are one type of manual exfoliant. Textured cloths, sponges and loofahs are another. You can also buy mechanical brushes that scrub skin to provide even deeper exfoliation.
Chemical exfoliation is performed with products that have ingredients that dissolve dead cells. Check labels for alpha and beta hydroxy acids. Alpha Hydroxy Acids include ingredients like glycolic and citric acids, and Beta Hydroxy Acids include salicylic acid.

‌You can exfoliate any part of your body, though we recommend using gentler tools and ingredients for your face, neck and decollete than for the skin on the rest of your body. If your skin gets irritated or starts to break out after you try a new product, stop using it. Too much exfoliation can damage your skin. 

If you want a bigger change in your appearance, some treatments can resurface your skin. Here, at Golden Skin we offer chemical and manual exfoliation treatments. These treatments are more intensive than home exfoliation and may include downtime afterward.

Microdermabrasion. It is a process which uses a handheld device diamond tip to deeply exfoliate the skin on your face. You won’t need downtime after the treatment, but you may feel like you have a mild sunburn afterward. You might need several treatments to see a visible difference. 

Cavitation Peel. Also called ultrasonic peeling, it is a modern way of deep cleansing the skin by removing the dead skin cells. This treatment is very popular and works perfect even with very sensitive skin. The cavitation peeling despite its deep cleansing action is gentle on the skin and can be performed on all skin types and regardless of the season. It gently exfoliates the skin and perfectly prepares it to absorb active substances that are included in facial cosmetics. Cavitation peel makes the skin smooth, clean and decongested.

Oxybrasion. For some, oxybrasion is just another type of peeling, for others – a rescue for the skin, when no other method is recommended. It was invented for those who have very sensitive skin, and yet would like to admire the effects similar to those of microdermabrasion treatments. Oxybrasion is very safe even during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Oxybrasion treatment involves the combination of oxygen and saline to help improve the appearance and texture of the skin. It is a unique treatment that offers the benefits of both microdermabrasion and oxygen therapy.

Laser Carbon Peel. Laser carbon peels deeply exfoliate skin. Also helps stimulate collagen production. The laser carbon peel is a fast and painless procedure done to help improve the look of skin. It’s used primarily by people with oily skin, acne and enlarged or clogged pores. This treatment is also beneficial if you’re starting to see the effects of sun damage to your skin.

Medical Peels. We use a chemical solution to remove multiple layers of dead skin. It can improve the appearance of acne-prone skin and signs of fine lines, wrinkles and discoloration. Some peels are mild and you can leave the salon with no obvious sign that you had a skin treatment. Other peels are more intense and can require 1 to 2 weeks of healing time.

Below, there's a list of exfoliating skincare product we recommend.