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Exfoliation Part 2: The Types

Read Part 1 (The Basics) of our 3 part series on Exfoliation.

There are various types of exfoliation. Today we will cover three types: Wet Scrubbing (our personal favorite here, at Dolce & Lay), Dry Brushing, and Professional services.


WET SCRUBBING (img: 2018/05/Cherry-Blossom-Spa-Scrub-subscription-401x322.jpg)

There are a variety of shower exfoliation methods available that provide wonderful results for your skin. Today we will look at natural scrub solutions and natural fiber brushes and gloves. They can be used alone or in concert with each other.
  1. One method involves the use of a scrub made with natural ingredients like sugar, loofah fibers, coffee grounds, pumice, salt, and/or crushed nut shells. Experts warn against using salt or crushed nut shells in scrubs as there is the risk of micro tears in the skin which can lead to breakouts and acne.
  2. Another method involves the use of an exfoliation glove, brushes, or other handheld tools made with natural fibers such as loofah.

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Dry exfoliation includes the use of a natural bristle brush on dry skin. This brushing technique is used to boost circulation, stimulate the lymphatic system, and promote healthy, glowing skin. It is also said to lessen the appearance of cellulite. According to goop.com, dry brushing is one of those rare things that feels just as good when you do it yourself, and it’s incredibly easy to incorporate into your routine. Most experts recommend dry brushing in the morning, rather than before bed, because of its energizing qualities. Some people use the brush on its own, others put a bit of body oil onto the brush before they use it.  


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Chemical and professional exfoliation processes include options such as microdermabrasion and chemical peels.
  • Microdermabrasion is a cosmetic treatment in which the face is sprayed with exfoliant crystals to remove dead skin cells. Microdermabrasion machines can buff and polish the skin using a stream of fine crystals or a diamond tip. Some systems have suction to vacuum loose skin cells from the face. While microdermabrasion can be completed at home, the devices used in a medical office generally have larger motors and more power, and they penetrate deeper into the skin to provide precise exfoliation.
  • A Chemical Peel involves the application of a chemical solution is applied to the skin, which makes it "blister" and eventually peel off. The new skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin. Generally, fair-skinned and light-haired patients are better candidates for chemical peels. If you have darker skin, you may also have good results, depending upon the type of problem being treated. But you also may be more likely to have an uneven skin tone after the procedure.
Traditionally a service completed by a professional, these options are also available for home application. We recommend speaking consulting your Dermatologist or a licensed aesthetician prior to trying these procedures at home.
Continue on to Part 3 (The Process) of our series on exfoliation.

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