Cosmetic Surgery & Beauty Magazine #70

bellamedia

feature

exfoliants

and Peels

our

Picks

1. Antipodes Reincarnation Pure

Facial Exfoliator, $42 for 75ml,

2. Aspect Exfol L 15, $79.20

for 30ml, 3. Bliss Micro Magic

Spa-Powered Microdermabrasion

Treatment, $59.95 for 85g, 4. Elizabeth Arden Pro

Brightening Peel Pad, $79 for 67ml, 5. Rosehip by

essano Gentle Facial Exfoliator, $14.99 for 100ml, 6.

Kiehl’s Pineapple Papaya Facial Scrub, $40 for 100ml,

7. Stem Organics Smooth Skin Exfoliant, $45 for

125ml, 8. Synergie Skin MediScrub, $79 for 100ml.

When you exfoliate you remove dead surface cells

that contribute to dryness and oil that can cause

blocked pores and problems like acne. Exfoliating

also stimulates circulation.

Scrubs treat the surface of the skin and help unclog

pores, while exfoliants remove surface cell debris and

leave skin fresher and looking brighter. Common

types contain lactic acid – the acid found in sour milk

– and glycolic acid found in plant extracts.

Lactic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid that occurs

naturally in our bodies and helps stimulate the

production of collagen and elastin in the dermal layer. It

is also a humectant, which attracts water molecules in

the skin to the surface, giving a plumper appearance.

A glycolic peel contains a higher potency of alpha

hydroxy acid. It can cause some tingling and pinkness,

especially in fi rst-time users, but beauty therapists

are adept at matching ingredient strength to your

skin type. As well as promoting a brighter, fresher

appearance it helps fade freckles and sunspots. Lowconcentration

lactic or glycolic peels are available as

at-home treatments. While light peels will help the

skin look refreshed and smoother, they can’t remove

deeper lines and sun damage. For this a deeper peel

is required, under clinical conditions.

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