As we age everything starts to slow down and this includes the rate you skin turns over. In your 20’s it takes about 28 days as we age it can take over 50 days for one cycle, so all the old cells pile up on the skin making it look dull and lines and wrinkles look deeper and skin can look very rough. Exfoliating will help your skin to look healthy, luminous and younger. Cleopatra understood smooth skin was at the top of the beauty list and reportedly bathed in asses milk, milk contains lactic acid, this is an AHA, so would have not only helped dissolve the dead skin cells but also have kept her skin hydrated. Asses milk is rich in Vitamins A,C,D and E so would be excellent for cell turnover, and moisture.
How? Alpha-hydroxy acids, glycolic, lactic and fruit acids AHA’s, and beta hydroxy acids, salicylic acid BHAs, are derived from milk, sugar cane, fruits and willow bark, are all resurfacing ingredients to look for.
Alpha hydroxy acids, sound very strong, but they are wonderful at dissolving dead skin cells and unblocking pores. My favourite is glycol, it’s derived from sugar cane and is a tiny molecule, so it penetrated very easily and unblocks and dissolves dead skin cells.
Mechanical exfoliation, use products with bran, salt, sugar, polymer shares or nut kernel particles will exfoliate. I prefer a bit of luxery and developed an exfoliator with crushed diamonds in, it also is packed full of AHA’s so it does both jobs in one go Microdermabrasion with Crushed Diamonds. £32
Rice Bran Polisher is a gentle exfoliator for sensitive skin from Usana
HSS Microdermabrasion with Crushed Diamonds
No7 Beautiful Skin Radiance Exfoliator
DON’T OVER USE IT. IT CAN CAUSE REDNESS AND MAKE YOUR SKIN SORE, THIS IS COUNTER PRODUCTIVE. Dont scrub your skin vigourously, be gentle, the product will do the work for you. Gentle massage is the answer. Always use SPF as you are removing dead skin cells and exposing fresh new skin. If you have sensitive skin use a gentle exfoliator, be careful of AHA’s and BHA’s