• Ease Winter Woes: Exfoliate

    To get the most out of your moisturizer, exfoliate. Once dead skin cells are cleared away, the moisturizer is better able to penetrate dry skin. Your body naturally gets rid of dead skin cells in a process called desquamation. These cells have an internal clock that tells them when they can travel up to the skin’s surface to be sloughed off. However, a build-up of dead cells on the surface can result in dull, ashy or lackluster skin. Choosing the proper exfoliating agent is key to achieving polished results without irritation. There are many ways to exfoliate your skin, from brushes and scrubs to enzymes and acids.

    Some exfoliants can be particularly irritating in winter, so test them on a small patch of skin first or opt for gentler techniques. Of course, very dry or irritated skin should be allowed to heal before any form of exfoliation is performed to minimize sensitization. If scrubs are too harsh for dry, winter skin, opt for chemical methods that gently dissolve the bonds holding skin cells together. Hydroxy acids are a popular option and include Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid and Salicylic Acid. Lactic Acid has additional beneficial properties, such as increased moisturization and greater barrier protection. Salicylic Acid is a great addition for acneic skin with the added bonus of being anti-inflammatory. Enzymes from Papaya, Pineapple and Rice Bran are also great methods to promote skin renewal. The Phytic Acid found in Rice Bran can also help control pigmentation to yield a brighter skin tone. A good exfoliation can ease winter woes when done properly and combined with a good moisturizing regimen. Let your skin sparkle and shine this winter!


    • Agatha Perrin Says:

      Enjoy receiving the newsletter and videos. It confirms a lot of the information I give to my clients. I’m always reading about the research being done in the skin care industry, and the advancements being made. It would be informative if you could touch on health conditions; such as, lupus,MS,Thyroid conditions, Fibromyalgia, Diabetes, etc., and how they affect the skins condition. I have a very detail Intake Form and I still have to probe further at times just because I feel by the appearance of a clients skin that there is more that needs to be said. Also important is that some of the medications they are taking can cause possible affects on the skins condition. Thank you..I’m a new fan of yours!

      January 25, 2012 at 5:10 am
    • Dr. Claudia Aguirre Says:

      Hi Agatha

      Thanks for your suggestions! We’ll keep them in mind.

      February 7, 2012 at 6:57 pm

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