Follower Question: “Can you share why scrubs are not good for you? How do I remove dead skin without a daily scrub?” Firstly, the occasional scrub is not bad for you. If you’re one of those people who just loves the feeling of a scrub, feel free to enjoy them occasionally, but stick to these guidelines: Use once a week and look for micro-beads so it’s not damaging to your skin cells.
Scrubs were traditionally used to exfoliate the skin. Exfoliation is an important aid in cell-turnover (which slows with ageing and is responsible for the dull we get as we get older), but contrary to traditional ideas, we do not need particles to do this. In fact, research shows that abrasive particles (used too frequently) can be damaging to the skin, creating micro-tears in the tissue, and removing oils and bacteria necessary for the skin’s barrier defences.
In the world of medical-grade products and ‘active’ ingredients, exfoliating your skin should be part of your daily routine with your normal (non-beaded) cleanser. Find a daily cleanser with either AHA’s, BHA’s (glycolic, salicylic, lactic acids etc), or enzymes as the active ingredients. This is known as ‘chemical’ exfoliation. And while the word ‘acid’ might alarm you, this type of exfoliation is actually gentler on your skin and better for people with sensitive skin, acne prone skin and even eczema and psoriasis.
Chemical exfoliators are effective on multiple layers of skin as they can penetrate deeper than traditional ‘scrubs’. They have the benefit of continuing to work throughout the day, hours after application, and are far more effective as an anti-aging product.
My all-time favourite chemical exfoliator, and the reason I’ve been Scrub-free since 03 (well maybe not that long, but it rhymed!) is Jan Marini’s Bioglycolic Cleanser. I’ve been using it for about 10 years, and it literally changed my skin (and my life). Today, I have more than 1000 clients using it and they love it as much as I do. You will see almost immediate results and for $62 you can’t go past it.
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