Exfoliation is a Major Key to Get Rid of Dull Skin  

Dull skin is a huge pain, and it can be easy to get frustrated trying to brighten up our complexion. Resurfacing is the perfect solution to reveal your true skin! The exfoliation process involves the removal of the oldest dead skin cells from the skin’s outermost layer and is VERY important to include in your regular skin care routines. Read on for the importance of exfoliation, differences between chemical and physical exfoliation, and our at-home exfoliation tips! 

In this post you’ll see 

The Benefits of Resurfacing 

Physical vs Chemical Exfoliation 

At Home Resurfacing 


The Benefits of Resurfacing 

If you are reading this you may be wondering, “Why is resurfacing so great for your skin?” Well, without proper exfoliation, dead skin cells can get trapped and build up on the skin’s surface. Exfoliation ensures dead cells are swept away, revealing smoother, brighter, more refined skin. Regular exfoliating can leave your skin looking brighter and improve the effectiveness of skin care products! It can also help prevent clogged pores, increase collagen production, skin elasticity, and many more other amazing benefits. 


Here are some of the benefits of resurfacing: 

Unclogs Pores 

Reduces Blackheads 

Minimize the Appearance of Pores 

Soften Fine Lines and Wrinkles 

Detoxifies the Skin by Stimulating Microcirculation 

Controls Excess Oil 

Brightens Dull Skin 

Improves Overall Tone 

Softens Skin Texture 

Enhances Skin Clarity 

Lightens Hyperpigmentation 



Physical vs Chemical Exfoliation 

Without an absorbent barrier, your skin care layering system of products will be unable to sink in. If you really break it down to every single step and product used, you may realize that you will be losing money too. So, let’s go back to the basics. There are 2 types of exfoliations – physical and chemical. Both slough off dead skin in different ways. 


Physical Exfoliation: 

Any exfoliating product or method that requires manual scrubbing or rubbing falls is known as a physical exfoliant. You may already be using a physical exfoliant — cleansing scrubs, body brushes, and loofahs are the most common. In the salon we offer dermaplaning and manual micro-dermabrasion. The biggest advantage to physical exfoliation is the ease of access. Physical exfoliation is great also because it is one hundred percent controllable, such as product, tool, amount, time invested and pressure applied.  You can do this at home with as little as a scrubbing washclot  It also offers immediate results. 

Who Is Physical Exfoliation For? 

Normal Skin: Everyone can physically exfoliate, but for those with normal skin, a safe number would be two to three times a week! If you have a tougher and stronger skin barrier, your skin may have a higher resistance to tearing, itching, and drying – but that does not mean you should exfoliate every day. 

Easily Irritated or Sensitive Skin: Exfoliating once to twice a week (at most) would be sufficient because risking tearing your already-sensitive skin barrier by over-exfoliation can actually bring about more problems such as flared up scars, acne, and redness. 


Chemical Exfoliation: 

This method uses various ingredients including hydroxy acids and retinol, with enzymes to renew your skin. The most common chemical exfoliants include Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) , Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHA) and TCA Trichloroacetic Acids. In a nutshell, AHA’s exfoliate your skin’s surface while BHA’s penetrate deeper inside the pore to treat acne, congestion, and breakouts. It is perfectly fine to combine both AHAs and BHAs. In this way, the AHAs can treat your uneven skin tone while BHAs can treat the acne and breakouts that begin deep within your skin.  

Who Is Chemical Exfoliation For? 

Sun-damaged Or Dry Skin: Try to opt for AHAs, such as lactic or glycolic acids as these can exfoliate the skin’s outer surface. Lactic acids are the gentlest acids and glycolic acid can actually dissolve your dead skin cells, revealing a brighter complexion! 

Oily And Acne-Prone Skin: BHAs consist of pore-unclogging properties specifically targeted to reduce congestion and acne. With its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, opt for salicylic acid if you are more prone to acne, pesky pimples and those blackheads that just frustratingly won’t go away! 



At Home Resurfacing  

How to exfoliate your skin depends on your skin type, skin concerns and preferences. Like we mentioned, there are two forms of exfoliation: physical and chemical. If you choose to exfoliate, it’s important to do so safely so that it does not damage your skin. 


Here’s our 4-step formula for the perfect at home resurfacing facial:  

  1. Proper Cleansing: use a facial cleanser that works well with your skin type to cleanse away dirt and oil. We have several to choose from see our next issue… 
  2. Exfoliation: physically exfoliate with either a scrub or made for the face cloth  
  3. Mask: apply a hydrating mask to replenish the skin. 
  4. Leave On: use a professional level at-home peel that is mild enough to leave on the skin this full treatment can be utilized several times a week, depending on current skin condition. 


Our Favorite Bioelements Exfoliators: 

Flash Foam Cleanser: Pineapple, papaya and pumpkin enzymes 

Pumice Peel: manual microdermabrasion treatment in a jar 

Amino Mask: 5% sulfur mask with lactic acid treats acne and heals skin. 

Acne Toner 5% salicylic acid antibacterial and liquifyes dead skin cells 

Measured Micrograins +: multi-action facial scrub for all skin types, including sensitive. 

Quick Refiner for Eyes: wrinkle-reducing, gentle AHA + lactic acid peel for eyes. 

Quick Refiner: leave-on gel exfoliator with powerful AHAs. 

Skin Editor: Leave on AHA peel creme to target texture, dullness, congestion, discoloration, lines and more. 

Kerafole: deep purging facial mask that reveals fresh, radiant skin. 


Don’t forget to protect your freshly exfoliated skin with our super clean makeup favorites from Jane Iredale! They have great sun protection and are recommended by The Skin Cancer Foundation as effective broad-spectrum sunscreens: PurePressed® Base Mineral Foundation SPF 20/15, Dream Tint® Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15, LipDrink® Lip Balm SPF 15, and Powder-Me SPF® 30 Dry Sunscreen. 

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I have been in the beauty industry for almost 20 years and in those years my most common compliment was always, “Wow Mimi your makeup looks amazing”.  That was a big compliment to me because I was a 2 hour pamperer.  But these days, since switching over to jane Iredale, everyone says, “Wow Mimi your skin looks amazing”, THAT is the Jane difference.  For the first time in my life, I am not wearing as much makeup, my skin is shining through and looking better than it ever has.  Looking at your makeup as the last step to your skin care and making sure that your makeup has ingredients that care for your skin or skin conditions will make the biggest difference in how people see your skin. 


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