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The Importance of Exfoliation and Moisturizing

To keep your skin in top condition, it is important to have a routine where you cleanse, exfoliate and moisturize. While everyone knows about cleansing, you may or may not know about exfoliating.  

Millions of skin cells on the surface of your body die daily. If these cells are allowed to accumulate, your skin ends up looking dull, dry and patchy. To reverse this process, we remove the dead skin cells with exfoliation, as it helps your skin to stay youthful, healthy and radiant. Exfoliation becomes more critical the older we get because our cell turnover process slows down. 

Exfoliating products fall into two categories:  physical and chemical. Physical exfoliants are like sandpaper for the skin, as they have gritty ingredients to remove the dead skin cells. Popular ingredients are sugar, salt, and ground walnut shells. As the name implies, chemical exfoliants use specialized chemicals or gentle acid peels to remove the dead skin cells. You can also get a professional exfoliation treatment, such as microdermabrasion.  Typically you should use an exfoliant twice a week, depending upon your skin’s sensitivity.

After you exfoliate, you should always apply a moisturizer. Your skin is your largest organ, and it’s your first line of defense against illness, bacteria and other irritants. If your skin is too dry, it will be less flexible and it can tear or crack. Moisturizing your skin helps it to stay healthy, supple and smooth.

A good moisturizer will help your skin renew itself, protect it from the elements and soften it without clogging your pores. A good moisturizer will also go a long way to prevent distress and inflammation in skin, which can cause wrinkles. You should always apply your moisturizer immediately after bathing, when the skin is still a bit damp, as that helps to lock the moisture into the skin.

At Lecada Medical Artistry in Tampa our staff members are always happy to assist you with choosing the best skincare products to exfoliate or moisturize. To schedule a free consultation, a professional facial or specialized peel, call us today at 813-874-2332.

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