Wellness, balance, healing…..all popular buzz words that sound enticing and are easy get started with the latest craze, but how do we really achieve amidst the reality of our fast-paced world? Here we’ll bring you insight into how find wellbeing and peace for body, mind, and spirit.
October 1st marks the beginning of emotional wellness month. You are probably thinking, “Okay…but what does that have to do with Exfoliation & Vitamin C?” As a Licensed Skin Care Professional I must say that what I do goes far beyond giving facials. The advice & home-care prescriptives along with professional treatments brings so much self confidence and joy into my clients’ lives.
I could sit here and give the tried and true advice about maintaining great skin ie. drinking plenty of water, getting enough sleep, eating healthy, wear SPF etc. However I wanted to take it a step further with the top two most important things you can do for your skin outside of the usual: Exfoliation & Vitamin C.
As we age, our skin cell turnover starts to slow down, leaving excess dead cells on the surface thus creating dull skin. Dead cells sit on the surface of the skin almost like bed sheets, trapping dirt and oil under the skin’s surface. The skin cell turnover can average from 25-28 days to 30-35 days to even 40 days by the time we are in our 50’s. Regular exfoliation removes the layers of dead skin cells clogging the skin and allows fresh new cells below to emerge. This process within the skin is called Desquamation. This opens the pores to make way for products to penetrate more deeply into the skin, which makes them more effective. In short, exfoliating every 2-3 days will leave your skin looking fresh and healthy. Top benefits include: brightens skin tone, smoothes texture, helps keep acne at bay, helps reduce sun/age spots, Reduces Hyperpigmentation, encourages collagen production and relieves dry/flaky skin.
The best option for all skin types across the board would be fruit enzymes such as blood oranges, tangerines, pineapples, and papayas. Effective yet gentle, these enzymes cause a chemical reaction on the surface of the skin dissolving dead cells without causing irritation. This leaves the surface of the skin smooth reducing the appearance of wrinkles and large pores. Great option for those suffering from any underlying inflammation issue such as psoriasis, rosacea or eczema as it is gentle yet effective for weekly use without irritation or dryness. My favorite recommendation is the TOMA Exfoliating Cleanser which uses tangerine and orange extracts.
Then there comes the amazing, benefit-packed Vitamin C. Constantly raved about in the skincare world, this ingredient is known for its ability to even out skin tone and diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by supporting collagen production. Not only is it skin-brightening but it also protects against environmental stressors, including free radical damage because it is an antioxidant.
Vitamin C is found naturally in the skin, however as we get older the levels found in the skin start to decrease. Luckily there are topical forms in skincare that can help slow and aid this process. The best form of Vitamin C that the skin responds to is Ascorbic Acid. In this form the skin can easily recognize and utilize the Vitamin C to get the most benefits. A great option is the TOMA Cellular C Serum which is not only in Ascorbic Acid form, but it uses the highest recommended percentages of Vitamin C (18-23%) that the body can metabolize. Vitamin C serums can be used both morning and night underneath moisturizer or over top of TOMA’s Bioactive Regenerating Oil. Incorporating both Exfoliation and Vitamin C into your skincare routine is absolutely vital to maintaining fresh, healthy and younger looking skin. Self care is self love. By taking care of yourself, you can boost confidence and self esteem, thus supporting your mental health and happiness.
By Sarah Morin, LE.
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