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I know, F-exfoliation is not a word, but it got you smiling, didn’t it?

As you carry your beautiful summer smile and caramelized skin into the fall season, you may notice your complexion changes as soon as September 1st hits the calendars! After spending a lot of time having fun in the sun, your skin changes from radiant to dull.  “Why?”, you ask yourself. Because sun exposure and other seasonal environmental elements create skin discoloration.

Luckily, there is one fast, simple and easy way to help revive your skin, which tends to get overlooked by the majority of us, and that is “Exfoliation”

What is exfoliation and why is it important?

The process of exfoliation basically means that your skin is ridding itself of old cells in order to produce new ones. Exfoliation sends  a message to your dermis saying “Begin repair now!” every time that repair new cells are needed, expediting the turnover of cells in your epidermis. Exfoliating also stimulates the body’s mechanism for rebuilding collagen, which is the key to restoring your skin.

Your skin should exfoliate naturally on its own every single day, however, as the body ages, this process slows down. When we are young your skin cells regenerate rapidly, which is why our skin looks so vibrant and dewy without even trying. But as we get better with time, just like fine wine, the rate of cell renewal gets affected not only by the aging process, but also by sun damage, dryness, oiliness and menopause. The aftermath is dull, dry, flaky skin with clogged pores and blackheads all sprinkled over a good portion of wrinkles and uneven skin tone. Quite the cocktail, right?

However, you can keep all of these malefic skin villains at bay if you exfoliate. Adding a well-formulated exfoliant to your skincare routine will slowly but surely give you that Photoshopped look you are aiming for without the Photoshop! Every day exfoliation provides multiple benefits: helps with cell regeneration, decelerates skin aging, gently removes built-up dead skin cells, evens out skin tone, eliminates dullness, and decreases breakouts.

But the best part about exfoliation is that once you apply moisturizer on exfoliated skin, it will be absorbed better because it hasn’t been blocked by the presence of dead skin cells! Dandy!

Stay tuned for part 2 of this exfoliation series: Which exfoliants are proven to deliver outstanding results?

In the meantime, send your questions over to klara@healthybeauty.ca  Would love to hear from you!

Klara

Klara - Brining "Klarity" to the science of understanding your skin!

Klara Zaeni is a Skin Care Professional with over 13 year experience researching, working with and understanding the science behind healthy skin. Cutting through jargon, Klara brings "klarity" to helping women over 40, offering sound advice that's based on scientifically proven medical products and expertize. Klara accepts no money from cosmetic companies, personally selecting only those products she is 100% confident in using. Choosing to empower and educate her clients, and as a woman over 40 herself, Klara is the "real deal" when it comes to understanding how to help you both look and feel great.

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