Revealing Fresh New Skin for Spring!
Our outer appearance reflects our inner wellness and as the largest organ, what we put on our skin gets absorbed internally. It therefore goes without saying that what goes on our skin is as important as what goes in our body! A mindful approach to what we consume both orally and topically will ensure we are feeling and looking our best. Wholesome nutrition, optimum hydration and routine exfoliation work synergistically to reveal fresh new skin for Spring!
Read on for Velettà’s case on the importance of exfoliation in every skincare routine:
It is important to exfoliate. Why? Fresh skin cells are produced in the skin’s deepest layer and take approximately 28 days to make it to the surface of the skin before falling off as dead skin. Unfortunately, as you get older, this process takes longer and so you need to exfoliate in order to see fresh, new younger skin.
Moreover, when you exfoliate you improve age spots and uneven skin tone and allow your skincare to better penetrate the dermis.
There are two different types of exfoliation: manual and chemical.
Manual or physical exfoliating is the rubbing or scrubbing of the skin. This can be through the use of a product or a tool such as a brush or a facecloth. There are a number of benefits to manual exfoliation, which works on the uppermost layers of skin: primarily that they speed up the natural exfoliation rate resulting in soft, smooth, and healthy skin; that the results are immediate; that they tend to easily integrate into the balance of your skin routine; and they stimulate facial muscles, which can help with lymphatic drainage.
A chemical exfoliant will use different types of chemicals to gently dissolve away dead skin cells and debris in a uniform fashion. Essentially, chemical exfoliants take off the top layers of the skin by weakening the lipids that bond skin cells together. Generally, a chemical exfoliant will contain either AHA’s (such as Glycolic Acid or Latic Acid) or BHA’s (such as Beta Hydroxy or Salicylic Acid). The difference between them is that AHAs work on the skin’s surface, and are water soluble whereas BHA’s works on the skin’s surface and inside the pore and are oil soluble.
In order to reap the benefits of exfoliation you must do it regularly. However, please be aware that with exfoliation you can have too much of a good thing: over exfoliation can damage the skin barrier function and undermine all your good work. According to some dermatologists, the frequency of your exfoliation should be determined by your skin type. Dr Anjali Mahto in The Skincare Bible says that ‘Those with oily skin find they can tolerate using an exfoliating agent daily whilst those with dry or sensitive skin may only manage once week or even less frequently.’
Velettà’s Purifying Mask is a dry mask which you make up at home using tap water. Storing the mask in a dry state means the Vitamin C in the mask remains fresh, effective and stable.
How do you use it?
First find a small bowl, a water source and, a teaspoon.
Add about 3 teaspoons of Purifying Mask to the bowl and then mix it together with about a teaspoon of water. When you add the water the mixture will fizz up and thicken.
Don’t add too much water – you want a mousse-like consistency. Wait 30 seconds before brushing it onto the face using a clean foundation brush or your fingers.
Once the mixture is almost dry, massage your face very gently using wet hands. Then remove the mask using warm water and use a face cloth to take off the final remnants.
We find it far easier to take the mask off in the shower. It really is the perfect Sunday treat and produces baby-soft, even-toned skin.
And finally, to ensure you keep that baby-soft skin safe, please always wear sunscreen.
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