The Secret to Exfoliating and Why You’re Probably Not Doing It Enough

By Published On: June 12, 2024Categories: Wendy’s Wisdom

Radio-Frequency-LEDHello, beautiful! Ask yourself – does your skin often feel dry? If you answered yes, I want you to think about the last time you exfoliated. Because the truth is, your skin likely feels dry because you aren’t exfoliating as much as you should be!

Now you’re probably wondering, “how often should I be exfoliating?” Well today, we’re diving deep into that question because exfoliating is arguably the most important step of your skincare routine and can be transformative for your complexion.

Regular exfoliation helps remove the layer of dry, dead skin cells, which allows your moisturizers and serums to penetrate more effectively and nourish the skin. When cell turnover slows down, it leads to a buildup of dead skin cells that can make the complexion appear dull and rough.

Did you know there are many approaches and types of ways to exfoliate out there? To keep it simple, I like to group them into two categories: physical and chemical. And they can both be incorporated into your at home routine, or your next facial treatment with me.

Physical Exfoliation

This is probably what you think of when you hear “exfoliation” like your scrubs, or enzyme powders (for those with more sensitive skin). These products physically slough off or dissolve dead skin to uncover a fresh layer of skin. What’s important when finding the best product for you is choosing one with organic, clean materials, like the Repechage Honey and Almond Scrub or Michele Corley Enzyme Exfoliating Powder. Your goal should be to physically exfoliate 2 to 4 times a week (or every other day).

Chemical Exfoliation

The more advanced form of exfoliation is chemical exfoliation – more commonly known as a peel. This involves the use of acids like alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), beta hydroxy acids (BHAs), Multi-Fruit, Glycolic, and Lactic Acids to dissolve dead skin cells. The result? Smoother, brighter skin with minimized fine lines and improved texture.

In my practice, we gradually increase the strength of your peels over the course of a few months to target rough texture, large pores, or dark spots. This approach is proven to achieve better correction of problem areas and brightness over time.

RapidexYou could also incorporate chemical exfoliation at home! The most important part of doing so is finding the right balance and not overdoing it when you first start using a new product. Here are some of my top product recommendations for at home chemical exfoliation:

  • Repechage Rapidex Marine Exfoliator. It’s easy to use and based on seaweed and phyto-marine extracts (you know they’re my favorite ingredients) to gently exfoliate the skin, helping the skin to appear more even in tone and texture, feel softer and smoother.
  • Face Reality Mandelic Serum. My go-to for anyone who struggle with acne! Mandelic has antibacterial properties that greatly help treat acne-prone skin by gently exfoliating and helping cells turnover.
  • Face Reality Vitamin A. Another gentle option, as it has microencapsulated technology that delivers a high potency Retinol over time via controlled release for minimal irritation.

There are clearly so many exfoliating options out there and it can be overwhelming. Let me help you create a customized plan to your specific skin type using exfoliation that would give you the results you’re looking for!