Living in a tropical country like Indonesia does not fully guarantee you have soft, moist skin. Moreover, coupled with the high air pollution and often erratic weather. As a result, the skin becomes dry, scaly, wrinkled, and dull. There are many ways to deal with various skin problems. One of them is exfoliation, a method of exfoliating dead skin cells - whether using natural body scrubs at home or through the help of a dermatologist.
Why do you need exfoliation routine
Exfoliation is an important aspect of skin care. In general, dead skin cells will peel by themselves and change with new skin cells every 30 days. However, age, pollution, poor diet and climate can accelerate this process. Moreover, the process of exfoliating dead skin cells can occur simultaneously. This causes the skin to look striped and dull.
Even worse, the growth of new skin cells will slow down with age, and this cannot be prevented. That's why just treating skin with a moisturizing lotion won't be enough. The lotion you usually use must pass through various layers of dead skin cells to penetrate the top of the skin, the epidermis. But thanks to the aging process that slows down skin regeneration, no matter how much lotion you use may not have much impact on improving skin health.
After exfoliation, either with a body scrub at home or treatment at a dermatologist, your skin will feel light and smooth. Facial care products that contain exfoliator aim to make the exfoliation process occur simultaneously so that the skin looks clean and radiant.
The best exfoliation method for lightening facial skin
Acid is a type of chemical that can accelerate the exfoliation of dead skin cells. Acid works by removing the "glue" that binds to skin cells simultaneously. Milk is a natural body scrub enriched by lactic acid, which is alpha-hydroxy acid or AHA. Lactic acid has a large molecular chain that has effective absorption and the best results for exfoliating dead skin. Lactic acid is also good for making skin more radiant.
Besides lactic acid, salicylic acid is also known to have good benefits. Salicylic acid or also known as beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) can penetrate into the fat layer so it is good for smoothing the blockage that occurs in oily skin.
2. Body scrub
Body scrub products, whether sold on the market or make themselves at home (for example, coffee scrubs), contain abrasive microscopic particles to "scrub" dead skin cells. Exfoliation with a cream body scrub is recommended to be done only 1-3 times a week for better results, depending on your skin type.
Rub the body scrub gently on the skin in a circular motion and rinse thoroughly. For more rough areas of the skin such as the elbows, knees and heels, use greater pressure. When finished and your body is dry, apply a moisturizer as soon as possible.
Microdermabrasion is a professional method of treatment performed by a dermatologist. Dermabrasion is considered to be able to reduce the appearance of fine lines on the face, reduce scars and black spots, and make skin smoother and look younger. This treatment is usually done for those of you who are over 40 years old and have thick skin.
However, dermabrasion should not be done on someone who has sensitive skin, has inflammatory acne, has herpes, has a tendency to experience keloids, radiation burns, and burn scars. Not only that, if you take drugs that cause the skin layer to thin out, then you should not do dermabrasion. This is due to the very stimulating nature of microdermabrasion.
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