Written by Michelle Vernon Posted On: Thursday, 09 February 2017 Last Updated: Thursday, 09 February 2017
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Skin Care Matters.
Who doesn’t love a good scrub? Exfoliation, whether through manual manipulation or by using chemicals to loosen dead skin cells and debris, is a form of deep cleansing that can be an important step in maintaining a healthy-looking complexion as well as a well-functioning protective skin barrier.
Exfoliation in one form or another has been practised for ages. You can exfoliate the body to get rid of the outer layers of dead skin cells using a host of different methods. The key is to use the right method or tool for the skin type.
There are three types of exfoliation: Manual (implements or devices), granular (scrubs and abrasives) and chemical (acids and enzymes).
EXFOLIATING BODY TREATMENTS
We still see people going overboard on exfoliating, whether by scrubbing too hard or using overly harsh, inappropriately formulated chemicals.
The result is the opposite of the goal: Irritated skin with a compromised protective barrier that can be left permanently damaged and scarred.
In all cases, proper consideration of the skin barrier restoration must be part of the protocol. That is why it is of the utmost importance that skin care experts and clients educate themselves on the skin physiology, particularly on the importance of maintaining a healthy skin barrier before exfoliating.
You can exfoliate the body using a brush, a loofah, or even a simple washcloth. Loofahs, washcloths and body brushes can be used in the shower with a body cleanser.
One spa method that can be done both in the salon and at home is dry brushing. This is a vigorous form of manual exfoliation that helps loosen dead skin cells on the face and body, while it feels stimulating and invigorating.
Use a dry body brush that has a wooden handle and is comprised of all-boar bristles. This fibre is softer on the skin, and it can be cleaned and maintained between treatments. Just be sure to keep the wooden handle dry. When you perform a dry brushing, be sure to use light pressure. If skin becomes the least bit red or irritated, the treatment is too aggressive.
DRY BRUSHING PROTOCOL
Step 1. When dry brushing the body, start at the feet and move upwards, toward the heart.
Step 2. Stop at the breast area and dry brush arms, again in a soft, gentle circular motion going upwards toward the shoulders.
Step 3. To exfoliate the delicate décolletage and neck, use a smaller face brush, being sure not to be aggressive.
Step 4. It’s always great to follow a dry brushing with a shower or bath to wash away the loosened material.
Step 5. Follow with a hydrating oil or body lotion, and skin will feel soft and smooth. Note: Dry brushing legs is a great pre-wax treatment to prevent ingrown hairs.
Don’t dry brush areas that were shaved that day, exhibit a sunburn or have been chemically exfoliated recently.