How does exfoliation affect the aging process?
The skin renews itself completely about every 20 days between the ages of 15 and 25 years. As you enter your thirties, the renewal rate begins to slow significantly, increasing to about 28 days to complete a full cycle. This results in thicker, duller-looking skin. During this time, the sebaceous, or oil-producing, glands also become less active, making the skin slightly drier. While no skin care product will stop this natural process, a Dermalogica skin care regimen can help to maintain the skin in its optimum condition and accelerate the skin renewal process.
Can Hydroxy Acids make me look younger?
Because the rate of cell renewal slows as we age, it is vitally important to assist the skin by supplementing its natural exfoliation process with hydroxy acid treatments. Removing dead cells from the skin's surface not only makes the skin appear fresh and healthy, it stimulates new cell generation. (Research indicates that it can even increase collagen levels, helping to reduce the effects of skin aging.) Consult your skin care therapist for a series of in-salon treatments and for recommendations on Dermalogica's highly effective, at-home exfoliants such as Gentle Cream Exfoliant, Skin Renewal Booster and Skin Prep Scrub.
I'm confused about the different types of hydroxy acids. Is one type better than another?
Basically, hydroxy acids all work in a similar fashion by helping to "unglue" the intercellular cement that binds dead surface cells together. Among the many types of hydroxy acids, Dermalogica uses non-irritating ingredients like alpha hydroxy Lactic Acid, beta hydroxy Salicylic Acid, and fruit enzymes Papain and Bromelain. When discussing the effectiveness of a hydroxy acid product, the most relevant issues are not just the amount of acid used, referred to as a percentage, but the final pH of the product as well. All Dermalogica's exfoliants contain the optimum pH of 3.4 to 3.9, which ensures an effective treatment without irritating the skin. A pH lower than 3.2 may cause serious irritation to the skin, while a pH above 4.0 weakens the effectiveness of the hydroxy acids.
Gentle Cream Exfoliant, a masque-type treatment, gently removes dead skin cells when applied in a two to three times a week treatment, while Skin Renewal Booster can be incorporated right into your moisturizer for daily skin renewal, leaving the skin supple and silky smooth. For the delicate eye area, Dermalogica offers Total Eye Care, a skin firming and retexturizing treatment that leaves the eye area smooth and radiant.
Will the use of exfoliants make my skin more sensitive?
Whether using exfoliants at home or undergoing a series of treatments in the skin care centre, it is very important to remember that the skin will become more sensitive to sunlight. Always use a complete sunblock with minimum SPF15 like those in Dermalogica's Solar Defense System to shield the skin. Also, add moisture to the skin with Skin Hydrating Masque, a soothing gel with skin-repairing botanical extracts, and Gentle Soothing Booster, a calming blend of antibiotic Red Raspberry Extract and moisturizing Honey, to supplement the action of the Hydroxy Acid product in promoting a supple, revitalized skin.