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Achieve Flawless Skin By Removing Dead Surface Cells

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Removal of dead cell buildup is truly the key building block toward your goal of flawless skin and AHA is one of the best ingredient to do the job.

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AHAs are theorized to work by loosening the bond between dead corneum cells, dissolving part of the surface intercellular cement that holds dead epidermal cells together. This makes it easy to remove dead cells from the skin surface, which has a positive effect on many conditions :

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The Benefits Of Removal Of Dead Cell Buildup
Using AHA & BHA

1. Removal of dead cell buildup helps to smooth the surface of dry, sun-damaged, or aging skin, improving roughness and making wrinkles appear much less deep. Result on an aging skin can become apparent in a very short period of time.

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How To Choose Between AHA Or BHA For Your Skin Type?

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In the history of cosmetics, no other ingredient or family of ingredients has had the impact or efficacy of Hydroxy Acids. Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) and Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHA) are a family of naturally occurring mild acids. Most AHAs and BHA are present in fruits and vegetables.

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AHAs and BHA have a very large number of applications in skin care and can help many conditions, including oily and acne-prone skin, sun damage, dryness and hyperpigmentation. There are several AHAs used in skin-care treatment and that include lactic acid, tartaric acid, malic acid and by far the best known AHA, glycolic acid. Salicylic acid and citric acid are also often included when discussing hydroxy acids, but they are actually Beta Hydroxy Acids.

Research shows that AHAs and BHA can also improve skin thickness and cell turnover, increase collagen content, reduce discolorations, and improve pore function by reducing the number of clogged pores.

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Video – Exfoliating Reveals Smoother Skin

The Easy Step To Wake Up Dull Skin

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Dull skin usually comes late in life. When we’re in our teens and twenties, our skin exfoliates well even by itself, giving us the pinkish, radiant glow of new skin cells. Then comes a time when exfoliation becomes very sluggish. The glow is lost; the radiant, pinkish overtone of new skin is gone. Dry, old cells begin to occupy the skin surface; hence the color change we call dull or ashen.

The good news is that under every dull complexion, there is a layer of youthful new skin.

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How To Achieve Radiance Skin With Exfoliation

 

Why exfoliating?

Exfoliation is the natural process all skin goes through in which the outermost layers of skin are sloughed off and replaced by the new cells that move to the surface.

Cell turnover, an ongoing process, is one of the key components of radiant and even-toned skin. When we are teenagers, dead skin cells slough off when they are supposed to, so we don’t typically develop any flaky, dead-skin buildup that can dull our complexions. Throughout our twenties and thirties, however, surface cell turnover starts to slow down from about every twenty-eight days in our teens to roughly thirty-five days at age thirty-five. An accumulation of dead cells makes skin thicker, rougher, and prevents it from appearing radiant.

Excellent results!

One surfire way to give you a smoother and more radiant complexion, is to exfoliate regularly to prevent the buildup of dulling dead skin cells and other debris. In addition, consistently increasing cell turnover may have the added benefit of stimulating collagen production. Repeated exfoliation and the reduction in dead skin cells that results are believed to rev up the machinery that helps renew the skin and also temporarily improve circulation.

Home Microdermabrasion

Polishes complexion while improving overall texture of skin. Gently massage on damp skin for two minutes; rinse. Use twice a week, leaving three to four days between treatments.

Home peels

An ideal way to return radiance to the skin is to combine home peeling (chemical exfoliators) with home microdermabrasion (mechanical exfoliators). The active ingredients that tighten pores, improve overall firmness, and bring back the glow are glycolic and lactic acid. Start off peeling no more than once a week. Never do a peel on the same day as microdermabrasion. This can cause serious irritation.

Microdermabrasion 

This procedure uses a handheld device that abrades the skin by shooting it with tiny crystals, which are then vacuumed away. As the crystals polish the skin, they remove the outer layers of the skin, which stimulates new cell growth that results in a healthy-looking glow as well as the reduction of fine lines, age spots, and acne scars. Microdermabrasion works on all skin types and can be performed by an aesthetician.

Alpha Hydroxy Acids 

A class of acids that occur naturally in foods. Products that contain alpha hydroxy acids are said to increase collagen production and cell turnover, and reduce the appearance of skin discolorations. Do not overuse it and end up with skin that actually looks worse than it did before. Two to three times a week is all that’s needed regardless of skin type.

Exfoliation can be done manually with a washcloth or cleansing grains and scrubs, which rub and stimulate the surface of the skin. And this method is ideal if you have dry or sensitive skin.

How To Tackle Enlarged Pores

 

Do you know that our pores enlarge throughout our lives?

Who & Why?

Many people may think that enlarged pores are a problem that comes with teenage and oily skin. That’s true, but as we age, our pores grow larger and will get worse, too. With age, natural enlargement of the underlying oil glands occurs, along with diminishment of collagen, consequently the ducts compress, allowing the oil glands to rise to the surface of the skin.

Pores enlarge for the same reasons that skin develops wrinkles: loss of collagen, loss of elasticity, and thinning of the skin. As a result of the lack of elasticity, the skin grows less able to close the pores.

Do you have oily skin?

Enlarged pores is not always a problem for every women. It is said that thick and oily skin is more prone to enlarged pores in the T-zone because oil and debris on the skin may increase pore size. If you have oily skin, the benefit is that you will develop fewer lines and wrinkles as you age than someone with thin, less porous skin.

If you have thin, dry-to-normal skin, enlarged pores aren’t likely to become an issue until you reach your forties or fifties, when a significant amount of collagen may break down due to aging and sun exposure.

In fact, sun exposure is another major contributor to enlarged pores.

How to treat it?

One of the most important things you can do for your pores is to clean them throughly and couple that with the right treatment cream, preferably with salicylic acid, an anti-inflammatory ingredient that doesn’t strip moisture from the skin while it cleans and clarifies.

Don’t forget that you can custom tailor your cleansing routine. If you only have enlarged pores in the T-zone around the nose, cheeks, and forehead, try using a pore-specific cleanser there and use your regular cleanser on the rest of your face. Washing with a good cleanser is an excellent start, but not enough. First, you’ll need to wipe your face with a cotton ball soaked in a toner. You will be surprised how much dirt it picks up. Both the cleanser and the toner should contain glycolic acid (alpha-hydroxy and /or beta-hydroxy acids), which actually dissolves the ‘glue’ that holds the skin cells together, so surface cells dislodge and slide off.

Since, throughout the day, your pores collect sebum and debris, encouraging them to grow even larger, you’ll need an agent that can dissolve sebum and dislodge old dead skin cells that clog the pores. Glycolic acid, fruit acids, and salicylic acid are the best choices for cleanser and toner.

Home treatments and non-invasive treatments

If you have normal to oily skin and are troubled by enlarged pores, use a ‘home’ microdermabrasion cream once or twice a week. You may also benefit from regular, in-office superficial peels. You may start off peeling no more than once a week. Never do a ‘home’ peel on the same day as ‘home’ microdermabrasion to avoid serious irritation. These are the 2 recommendation home treatments that helps to keep pores unclogged. A microdermabrasion treatment done at the doctor’s office is another more extensive exfoliating treatment you can undergo without incurring any recovery time. In addition, superficial chemical peels are also one of the best to used for cleaning out debris in pores and help refine the appearance. Some non-invasive treatments, like IPL and Smoothbeam laser, that heat deep into the skin will also work wonder on enlarged pores.

It is also important not to use a cream on an oily T-zone. Moisture is not an issue for an oily area, and if you feed it with an oily cream, it may clog pores. However, you do need to use a lipid-based moisturizing serum around the eye area. This region never seems to have enough oil, even if the rest of the face is oily.