Exfoliate for Silky Baby Skin

When my kids were babies I used to love feeling their soft baby face against mine, it was so smooth. As we grow older, our epidermal cell renewal slows down causing changes in skin texture making it less silky. The good news is that we can do something about it.

Regularly exfoliating our skin is key for optimizing and for softening our outermost skin layer, the epidermis.

It is important to be cautious when exfoliating our facial, neck and chest areas since the skin is sensitive and delicate. The most common methods for facial/neck and chest skin exfoliation are:

Mechanical exfoliants which contain micro beads or crystals to sweep away the excess skin cells that overtime accumulate on top of our skin causing it to look sallow and gives a leathery texture.

The exfoliating particles should be applied by gently massaging them with our finger tips to avoid potentially scratching the underlying baby skin.

At Cerulean Medical Institute, we recommend exfoliating with chemical exfoliants, which  are made of  alpha and beta hydroxy acids that are found in nature. The commonest alpha and beta hydroxy acids found in cleansers and creams are: glycolic, lactic and salicylic acid. They work by signalling the cells to self exfoliate. What is more, Salicylic Acid, stimulates and speeds up epidermal cell renewal to clear clogged pores from excess sebum and dirt whilst improving acne.

Because they do not work by scrubbing the skin, they are suitable for those with sensitive skin.

For optimum exfoliation aim to gently exfoliate 2 or 3 times a week.

Isabel Soriano

Medical Lasers & Skin Care Specialist @ Cerulean Medical Institute, Kelowna, BC.

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