The Gorgeous Guide to Exfoliation

The Gorgeous Guide to Exfoliation

Exfoliation: Benefits & Methods

Understanding how exfoliation works will give you a key to improving your skin and giving you a glowing and brightened complexion.

Exfoliation is the removal of dead skin cells and debris from the skin surface via physical or mechanical products (scrubs) or through chemical products (acids/peels).  Both will give a similar outcome but for some skins, heavier physical products may be too aggressive and can lead to a breakdown in the skin’s barrier.  Clearing away the old skin surface brightens the surface of the skin and helps shed dull, tired cells and will help to encourage new cellular growth and stimulates collagen production, a huge benefit for older skins.

Here are 7 benefits of Exfoliation:

  1. It helps clear pores so great for congested skin.
  2. If you suffer from acne prone skin, exfoliation is a great way to remove particles that can add to the skin’s bacteria levels.
  3. A clear skin allows your other products to absorb better.
  4. Gives an improved and more even skin tone.
  5. Circulation boosting which brings more nutrients to the skin encouraging healthier cell growth and improves lymphatic drainage which takes away toxins and waste.
  6. Cell renewal increases which means that your complexion will improve and can reduce visible signs of ageing.
  7. Collagen stimulating which will plump the skin giving you a firmer and more toned appearance.  Great for anti-ageing.

So, you can see that exfoliation why is this capitalised has some amazing benefits for all skin types, young or old and not dependent on skin type.  It really is an essential to keeping your skin looking good at any time in your life.

How much exfoliation is too much?

Traditionally, it was always advised as a once a week treatment; however, with changes to products and a better understanding, it is now felt by many dermatologists and cosmetic experts that the skin is able to withstand 2-3 times a week and as you age increasing exfoliation to this kind of level should be expected to encourage cell renewal as the body slows down it’s natural cell turnover hence the dull, tired and ageing feeling many women feel occurs. Taking professional advice in a consultation will give you a clear idea of your skin’s needs and how exfoliation can benefit you.

Too much exfoliation or misuse of products can lead to breaking down the skin’s barrier or even making the skin react by protecting itself and toughening the surface. 

What exfoliation products & treatments are best for me?

This is where your professional beauty therapist or salon comes in.  We study skin for a living and can help prescribe products that will give you the best result.  Here are the options available as both retail purchases at Gorgeous or treatments that you can book to top up and enhance your home care exfoliations.  If you have specific areas of concern salon treatments will be the best solution to tackle ongoing conditions or problems such as pigmentation/age spots, scarring reduction for general scars or acne, reduction in visible signs of ageing and more.

Please Note: Microdermabrasion and Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) can increase skin sensitivity to the sun and therefore the risk of sunburns and post-treatment hyperpigmentation. Use sun protection, wear protective clothes and limit sun exposure while using these products and treatments.

So, you can see that exfoliation why is this capitalised has some amazing benefits for all skin types, young or old and not dependent on skin type.  It really is an essential to keeping your skin looking good at any time in your life.

 

Exfoliation products available at Goreous

 

[comfort zone] Essential Scrub Illuminating and Refining £30

96% natural-origin ingredients

 

Two dimensional mechanical exfoliant which removes impurities and refines the pores. Reawakens skin luminosity, leaving the skin soft and smooth.  For all skin, especially those more impure, oily and resistant.

INGREDIENTS & BENEFITS

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS
PURE SILICA PARTICLES
JOJOBA SPHERES
BETAINE

BENEFITS
BI-DIMENSIONAL MECHANICAL EXFOLIATION.
IDEAL FOR IMPURE SKIN
WITH NATURAL SPHERES

[comfort zone] Essential Peeling Delicate Enzymatic Mask £30

93% natural-origin ingredients

Exfoliant-mask to eliminate impurities, superficial dead skin cells and excess sebum thanks to the delicate enzymatic action. Reawakens luminosity, leaving the skin soft and smooth. Ideal for sensitive skin, particularly suggested for cold climate

INGREDIENTS & BENEFITS

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS
BROMELAIN 
BETAINE

BENEFITS
EXFOLIATING PEELING ACTION.
IDEAL FOR SENSITIVE SKIN.

[comfort zone] Sublime Skin Peel Pads (14 pads) £36

96% natural-origin ingredients

Two dimensional mechanical exfoliant which removes impurities and refines the pores. Reawakens skin luminosity, leaving the skin soft and smooth.  For all skin, especially those more impure, oily and resistant.

INGREDIENTS & BENEFITS

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS
GLYCOLIC ACID (2.5%) 
GLUCONOLACTONE (4%)
VITAMIN C STABILIZED
VITAMIN PP (3%)

BENEFITS
DOUBLE ACTIONS, MECHANICAL AND CHEMICAL SCRUBS.
SMOOTH AND BRIGHT SKIN.
HANDY AND HYGIENIC SINGLE-DOSE.
PROMOTE CELLULAR SURFACE TURNOVER ELIMINATES DEAD CELLS.

RECOMMENDED USE

Apply in the evening, on alternate days, for a month on face, neck and neckline cleansed and dry. Let absorb. Continue with serum and/or specific cream. Read the warnings on the package.

Use the peeling pads also on the neckline and the back of the hands to rejuvenate them.

 

Exfoliating Treatments Available at Gorgeous

When it comes to treatments to support your home products Gorgeous has a range of facials that can help keep your exfoliation needs fulfilled and to keep your skin its best possible condition. 

[comfort zone] Expert Care Facial

(prescription facial – suitable for all skin types)

£48

Our [comfort zone] Expert Care Facials include the use of our Essential Scrub and Essential Peel exfoliator products to give you a good cleanse and the benefit of exfoliation while relaxing through our professional facial and the advantage of the wider [comfort zone] range of products being used to give your skin the best possible result.

[comfort zone] Double Peel Facial

(chemical exfoliation – suitable for all skins & anti-ageing)

£51

This chemical peel facial from [comfort zone] provides a two-stage peel to exfoliate your skin. Starting with a cleanse of the skin to prepare and followed by acid preparation products the base acid is applied and left to begin the process before either our Delicate Peel or Intensive Peel is applied for the final stage of the peel process.  Delicate is suitable for more sensitive skins and first-time chemical peel clients and the Intensive is more suitable for stronger skins and those more used to higher levels of AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids).

This Double Peel is also part of our most effective [comfort zone] facial the Sublime Skin Deluxe Lift Facial £70 which gives a firming and lifting Japanese Kobodi style massage to the face and décolleté.

Crystal Clear Microdermabrasion

(mechanical exfoliation – suitable for most skin types)

£40/£55

A highly effective facial system from Crystal Clear brings you a multi benefit treatment.  Crystal microdermabrasion blasts microfine aluminium crystals over your face at high pressure to clear the dead skin cells away, this is then added to by suction to clear this away which benefits the skin by adding plumping, toning and firming to the facial. This facial is available as an Express Facial where you receive just the treatment with a cleanse and moisturise or if you would like to benefit from increased couch time and the added firming & toning benefits of the beautiful Mini Lift Mask from Crystal Clear then book the Luxury version.