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If you are a 90’s baby from New Zealand, when you see exfoliation anywhere chances are the first thing that will come to mind will be St Ives Apricot Scrub. With the lack of knowledge and technology, the idea of a gritty scrub was the holy grail for us all.  However, as technology has developed so has the understanding of the functions of our skin and what it needs to strive and to survive. So what really is exfoliation? Why do we need to do it? And what is the best way to exfoliate at home?

Exfoliation

Exfoliation is the process of removing dead, built up skin cells from your skin. This can be done either through manual or chemical exfoliants. Everyday our skin naturally moves older skin cells towards the outermost layer of our skin. This natural process is called desquamation. The dead skin cells on the outer layers of our skin generally contain pollutants and damaged proteins giving our skin a dull appearance.

Although our skin goes through this natural process of desquamation, as we age this process is slowed down due to several external factors which is why we need to assist/speed up this process through exfoliation.

Not only do you get the added perk of brighter looking skin but exfoliating also has many health benefits too. Removing the dead skin cells can help unclog pores, increase cell turnover (stimulating collagen production) and assist products to penetrate correctly into the skin.

Just as important as it is to exfoliate on a regular basis, it is also important that you do not over exfoliate. Although there are no set rules, over exfoliating could make your skin condition a lot worse.  Exfoliation should take place no more than 2 times a week unless advised by your skin specialist.  

The Different Exfoliants

Enzymatic Exfoliators:

Today our industry has moved towards advanced technology stabilising natural extracts such as Pumpkin and Papaya. This is where ingredients like Alpha- Beta hydroxy acids, and even Vitamin A come from work to loosen dead skin cells and increase cell turnover. Exfoliating Enzyme by Nimue Skin technology is one of our favourite options for clients to use at home.

Chemical Exfoliators:

Unlike the traditional scrubs, chemical exfoliants are non abrasive and in addition they don’t contain microbeads which have been banned in New Zealand! Instead, controlled acids are used to remove the dead skin in a more effective manner and are not as terrifying as they may seem. Using Glycolic, lactic and salicylic acids in a correct manner we are able to combat fine lines, acne and pigmentation giving you results you can really see.

Our go to exfoliants:

Enzyme Face Buff : $44.95

Enzyme Face Buff from Kalahari uses a combination of ingredients naturally sourced from the Kalahari Desert. This botanical product uses a tri-enzyme compound made up from pumpkin, papaya and pineapple to offer a triple action function to effectively remove dull skin cells.  Suited for all skin types.

Our go to Exfoliants

Enzyme Face Buff : $44.95

Enzyme Face Buff from Kalahari uses a combination of ingredients naturally sourced from the Kalahari Desert. This botanical product uses a tri-enzyme compound made up from pumpkin, papaya and pineapple to offer a triple action function to effectively remove dull skin cells.  Suited for all skin types.

Directions for use:

Apply onto damp skin (face and neck) after cleansing. Massage onto face and neck for 2-5 minutes continuously adding water, while avoiding the delicate eye area. Remove thoroughly with lukewarm water and tone. Use 2-3 times a week or as directed by your therapist.

Nimue Exfoliating Enzyme: $99.95   – Refill: $64.95

Exfoliating Enzyme dramatically improves skin smoothness, radiance and texture. A combination of Papaya and Pineapple enzymes detaches the dead skin cells and promotes cell renewal for a healthier, more youthful looking skin. It is suitable for all skin types. Not only does it help the appearance for all skin type but this exfoliant is able to help remove dead skin cells without any irritation.

Directions for use:

Using after your cleanser and conditioner (toner) apply to dry skin and leave for 2 minutes. Activate the product by massaging the skin with wet fingertips for 3-5 minutes. Rinse well and apply moisturiser. Use 2-3 times a week or as directed by your therapist