Exfoliating vs Moisturising

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The age old beauty regime of cleanse, tone and moisturise may just be a thing of the past! Experts such as Dr Zein Obagi now promote regimes where the main aim is to exfoliate!

Exfoliation is the process of removing old, dead skin cells from the outer layers of the skin and therefore making room for lovely new, fresh and healthy skin cells to be created and pushed towards the skins surface.

Dr Zein Obagi believes that moisturisers accelerate the aging process. A moisturiser applied to the cells in the epidermis tells the deeper layers of skin cells to become lazy and stop collecting water from food and drink within the body and therefore your skin becomes dependant on moisturisers allowing the skin to become thin, dry and less elastic.

However there is a time and a place for moisturisers:

  • After a medical procedure where your skin needs a boost with hydration
  • If you are traveling to arid climates where the air is dryer than what your skin is accustomed to
  • When you are flying where the air in the cabin can really dehydrate your skin.

Most moisturisers will only work on the surface of the skin and for people to want to fight anti-aging hard; you need to get to the deeper layers to really help rejuvenation. The key is to activate and stimulate the skin cells by exfoliating. This will promote cell turnover and increase collagen production therefore giving us tighter and firmer skin!

Unfortunately for us the aging process naturally slows down cell turnover at the age of 30 and your skin cells start to pile up on the surface making it dry, rough and dull in appearance. By exfoliating regularly, you slough off these dead dry cells to reveal fresher, healthier skin cells.

Regular exfoliation is not only for those looking for anti-aging, exfoliating is essential for Acne sufferers! Acne causes more dead skin cells than usual and the skin finds it difficult to shed these off efficiently. This cell debris in the subcutaneous pores and excess oils forms these unwanted blemishes. By using a good exfoliator regularly, this will help slough off the dead cells and reduce excess oil helping to reduce the frequency of blemishes.

Luckily for us, Dr Zein Obagi has developed a beautiful Zo Health Skin Offects Exfoliating Polish.  This is a super exfoliating product that contains round magnesium crystals to exfoliate those unwanted dead skin cells, increase epidermal turnover and create a clearer, smoother and more toned complexion. It even includes vitamins A, C, and E for that extra added skin protection.

Latest update: 09/01/2012
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