Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The Value of Getting Gritty

Happy New Year! By now I'm hearing a lot of clients complain about dryness, flaking, and tired looking skin.  Exfoliating is vital to keeping your skin fresh and radiant all year round, and should only be skipped in the instances of raw/broken or burned skin, or if you have a skin condition such as rosacea that counter-indicates abrasion of any sort. If you have doubts speak to your dermatologist before introducing new products into your skincare regimen. 

Moisturizers and serums work best when they can be readily absorbed by the skin rather than sitting on the surface; by exfoliating, we remove the debris sitting on the surface in order to provide a fresh, absorbent surface that will receive the fullest benefits of our products. If you think of your body as a temple, consider your skin the walls--in a grand temple, would you paint a beautiful mural over a big patch of plaster on the wall without sanding it down first? 

Read on to learn about some of the great exfoliating products we carry here at Perelandra & don't forget to stop in for a personalized consultation on Tuesdays and Wednesdays to help optimize your skin care routine!

Get glowing--

Skin type:
Congested pores; blackheads or milia present; rough or thickened skin
Try: Now Nature's Microdermabrasion

Why: Mechanical exfoliant with volcanic sand refines skin texture and helps reduce the appearance of discoloration, imperfections, scars and wrinkles. 
Follow with: Now Green Tea & Pomegranate Purifying Toner
 & Now Hylauronic Acid Moisturizer AM Fineline -note: this moisturizer is one of my favorite items in the entire store!

Skin type:
Dull or Breakout Prone
Try: Andalou Naturals Grapefruit +C Exfoliating Peel

Why: Enzyme exfoliant/peel; Vitamin C and antioxidants encourage cellular turnover; pineapple + papaya enzymes provide alpha hydroxy acids to gently exfoliate & loosening dead cells and debris; grapefruit helps neutralize bacteria 
Follow with:
 Andalou Natural Probiotic +C Renewal Cream

Skin type:
All Types (except those prone to cystic acne & rosacea)
Try: Suki Exfoiate Foaming Cleanser

Why: Mechanical & enzyme exfoliant; natural sugar provides gentle alpha hydroxy acid, non GMO rice flour & citric acid from lemongrass unclog pores, remove dead skin, and resurface skin.
Follow with: Suki Concentrated Balancing Toner
; Suki Balancing Day Lotion

Skin type:
All Types
Try: Alba Botanica Sea Algae Enzyme Scrub


Why: Mechanical exfoliant; Marine Complex, infused with sea enzymes, stimulates cell regeneration to produce a more uniform skin tone; small, fine beads gently slough away dead skin
Follow with: Alba Botanica Natural Even Advanced Sea Kelp Toner


Why: Mechanical exfoliant & gentle creamy cleanser; ginseng improves circulation, which can reduce fine lines and make the skin firmer. Jojoba beads gently exfoliate without scratching.
Follow with: 
John Masters Firming Eye Gel

Skin type:
Active or Oily 
Try: Andalou Lemon Sugar Facial Scrub

Why: Mechanical and enzyme exfoliant; polysaccharides prepare, soothe, oxygenate, and replenish, providing the optimal dermal delivery for active ingredients; lemon oil gently clarifies by loosening surface oil and impurities, neutralizes bacteria that can cause breakouts
Follow with: Andalou Natural Açai + White Tea Oil Free Moisturizer 

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