When you think of aging skin, you probably envision wrinkles, fine lines, age spots and sagging skin. What you may not know is that aging skin doesn’t regenerate itself as quickly as younger skin. The buildup of old skin cells on the skin’s surface can make it look dull and even more wrinkled. Exfoliation, a crucial aspect of any anti-aging regimen, removes dry skin cells from the surface of skin, revealing smoother, more glowing skin underneath and allowing products to penetrate the skin, encouraging new cell growth.
Mechanical exfoliation techniques use tiny particles to slough off dead skin cells. Exfoliating scrubs, pads and brushes can be used at home to keep the skin glowing. More intensive treatments such as microdermabrasion go beyond the top layer of skin, bringing you the freshest face possible. Chemical exfoliation techniques cause the skin to flake or peel, removing several layers of skin at once. Chemical peels can help improve fine lines and wrinkles and lighten dark spots.
Although you’ll notice immediate results after any exfoliation process, you’ll get the best results with repetition. As skin cells continue to turn over, exfoliation will help you maintain a youthful glow. When you combine exfoliation with other anti-aging techniques, you’ll notice smoother, dewier, younger-looking skin year after year.