Exfoliants accelerate skin turnover by removing the accumulation of dead cells and thickened outer layers of the skin. The intended result from their regular use is to reveal fresher-looking, newer skin by dissolving the superficial layer of buildup that's made up of sloughed off skin cells, oils and environmental impurities.
Regular use (about one or twice a week) can help you to maintain an improved appearance in texture and promote a revitalized complexion. Some common exfoliants used in skin care products include salicylic acid, alpha hydroxyl acids, beta hydroxyl acids, lactic acid and glycolic acid. The potential side-effects following their use include irritation and sensitivity to the sun.
If you include an exfoliant in your skin care regimen, make certain to apply sunscreen daily - an SPF15 moisturizer is an easy way to incorporate the necessary sun protection. Overuse of exfoliants will result in skin irritation, and avoid these products altogether if you have sensitive skin.
The skin you see is actually dead skin cells. These cells are continually flaking off - in fact, you lose about 35,000 dead skin cells each minute. In the course of a year, you'll shed around 4 kilograms of skin cells, which accounts for much of the dust in your house.
To help speed-up the process, you can try using an exfoliating or peeling agent, but these products are not recommended if you have sensitive skin. For most, it's a non-invasive way to help diminish the appearance of fine lines, while helping to restore a smoother texture to your skin. Make certain to carefully follow the instructions for use; it might be a good idea to test the product on a small patch of your skin first to avoid irritation.
A good technique is to apply the product in a slow circular motion over your face and avoid contact with your eyes, always rinse off thoroughly, pat dry and moisturize to seal and protect your skin. Limit the use of exfoliants to once per week and establish a regular routine to help maintain smooth and healthy looking skin.
As you go through menopause, it's very common to find that the skincare products you once relied on are no longer as effective. As you age, the hormonal changes associated with menopause often leave skin feeling drier than before. Try a richer moisturizer (oil or cream base) to see if it makes a difference.
The multiple signs of aging skin require advanced formulations that can reduce the appearance of fine lines, provide adequate hydration, balance tones by minimizing age spots, and contain gentle exfoliants to improve texture. Furthermore, these products often contain a complement of vitamins, antioxidants and botanicals, as well as include intense moisturizing ingredients to improve the skin barrier function that becomes impaired through the natural aging process.