What is the difference between manual and chemical exfoliation?

Reversing the aging process and achieving luminous skin is priority number one for many of us when we think about skin care and the skin care products we purchase. Regular exfoliation is an important part of maintaining skin health. It also improves the benefits from skin care products such as moisturiser, which are able to better penetrate the skin after exfoliation clears away the dead skin cells.

Generally speaking, exfoliation refers to any technique that removes cells from the skin surface, not only immediately “refreshing” the skins appearance but also stimulating cell renewal. The benefits are dramatic, and, when used with professional guidance, exfoliation can treat a wide variety of skin problems. These include acne, hyper-pigmentation, premature aging and scarring to name a few. Exfoliation is also important for those with oily skin. In addition to smoothing, improving skin tone and enhancing skin’s receptiveness of oil-controlling ingredients, exfoliation helps rid oily skin of dulling skin cells to help keep skin clear. Learn more about the benefits of exfoliation from Dermalogica here.

There are two ways to exfoliate; manually and chemically.

Manual exfoliation involves using mildy abrasive tools like exfoliating wash gloves or sponges as well as exfoliating products like grainy scrubs.  Manual exfoliants loosens and reduces the outer skin cells. Scrubs and tools use mechanical frictions to help shed skin cells. One draw back of this method of exfoliation is the risk of irritation, and excessive abrasion of the skin can cause damage, especially if you have sensitive skin.

 Chemical exfoliation means using acid-rich or enzyme-based products to help gently exfoliate your skin. They work by dissolving the bonds between the skin cells to stimulate the shedding process. By making it easier for the cells to slough off, new skin is revealed, brighter and smoother than before.

Exfoliation delivers a tighter, firmer, smoother look and feel of skin. Because of this result, many fall into the trap of over-exfoliation: an over-zealous approach that can actually reduce skin’s vitality and make it more susceptible to damage from UV light. It is recommended that a skin specialist prescribe your exfoliation products and routine to best maximise the effects, and treat any skin problems.

Dermalogica and Liquid Hair: skin savvy!

Liquid Hair recently held it's second Dermalogica 'Skin Savvy' event in the salon. The interactive workshop was hosted by a Dermalogica specialist from Sydney together with the Liquid Hair team, and provided the evenings' guests with an opportunity to expand their knowledge of skin health.

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After arriving to champagne and fabulous food (provided by Argo on The Square), the workshoppers got down to business, asking skin care questions, and experiencing the Dermalogica products in a personalised face-mapping session.

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The workshops provide a great way learn about common skins concerns and how best to treat them, and also how to make the most of the Dermalogica range of products through correct application methods.

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We can't wait for the next one - keep your eye out for information on dates and times! See you there...