Skin exfoliation, as part of an effective skincare regime

Do you exfoliate your face?  Do you understand why its important to exfoliate? Do you know what type of exfoliation is best for you? Have you ever heard of an enzyme face exfoliation? Some important questions that hopefully we will be able to shed a lot more light on for you.

It is really not enough that we just cleanse and tone our face. This part of a daily skincare routine is obviously paramount in achieving flawless skin, but there is another step within your skincare regime that is very often overlooked, and that is vital, especially when looking to maximise all the promised effects of your skincare products to achieve radiant, smooth, glowing skin.

In any effective skincare regime, it is necessary to include within the regime, an exfoliation to the skin. This process usually forms part of a weekly routine, in some cases more frequent providing it is nonaggressive. It is important to note that some forms of exfoliation, or peeling, can only be administered by professionals and must be conducted under strict supervision due to their aggressive nature.

Why is exfoliation necessary?

The process of exfoliation removes the dead skin cells that accumulate at the surface of the skin, by doing this it further promotes the skin cell renewal processes. The added advantage of removing the dead skin cells other than having brighter, smother skin, is that it then allows a greater penetration of the skincare products when they are applied to the skin.

The old/dead skin cells are found at the surface of the skin, in the epidermis in the layer known as the stratum corneum.

Basically, there are three types of exfoliation or peels, but which one is the right one for you? In most cases the choice of which to use often depends on the sensitivity of the skin and the frequency of use.

These can be categorised as follows:

Physical Exfoliation: These are usually found in cleansers and cleansing scrubs. They work using tiny biodegradable exfoliators like sugars, salts and/or fruit stone particles to remove dead skin cells from the skin’s surface. However often these can be too abrasive, especially to the face, depending on the amount of pressure applied when using the products, and they can seriously irritate sensitive/reactive skin.

Chemical Exfoliation: Often found in cleansers, toners, moisturizers, and masks, and now more often as standalone exfoliators. They contain molecules such as alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA’s), salicylic acid, and/or glycolic acid. As an alternative to using acids, the enzymatic exfoliator uses fruit enzymes. Their job is to loosen the bonds that bind dead, dull cells onto the surface of the skin. An extreme form of chemical exfoliation/peeling using acids, if offered by physicians or aestheticians, however this can only be administered by professionals as it carries major risks in untrained hands.

Micro-Exfoliation: Physical exfoliation is another form of exfoliation used, often achieved using a cosmetic tool like a micro-exfoliation skin roller that uses small, stainless steel tips to perforate through the layer of dead skin cells. Laser options are increasingly used in a form of exfoliation or resurfacing, but these physical types of exfoliation should only be administered by professionals and are not recommended for sensitive skin.

What is an Enzyme Face Peel?

An enzyme peel is a blend of natural fruit ingredients (enzymes) and is one of the gentlest methods of chemical exfoliation. Although gentle to the skin enzyme face exfoliation effectively remove top layers of the skin to exfoliate and to expedite cell turnover, leading to a fresher, more glowing skin. This procedure is used all over the world to treat skin problems such as wrinkles and fine lines, acne scars, hyper-pigmentation, and sun damage. Enzyme skin peels don’t contain acids; therefore, it leaves the skin pH balanced.

Enzyme Face Peels Vs Chemical Face Peels

Chemical peels can provide a variety of results, depending on the strength of the treatment and the combination of AHA’s used. Chemical compounds including salicylic acid, glycolic acid and lactic acid are often used. Chemical peels exfoliate dead skin cells but can also remove living cells. In addition, medium to deep chemical peels can, if not administered correctly, cause skin damage. Extreme chemical peels are generally administered by physicians or aestheticians but not on a regular basis. A chemical peel using acid can leave the skin very sensitive and require recovery time during which intensive moisturizers must be applied to the skin. Skin protection, especially from UV rays, is paramount after any chemical peeling has been performed.

Enzyme peels, on the other hand, offer a gentler solution that can be incorporated into a regular skin care regimen at home, like the amazing ME AND ME ENZYMATIC PEEL. Formulated under the ethos of the ME AND ME brand, offering the best skincare solution with natural products that are highly effective, and care for the wellbeing of you and the environment.

These treatments can speed up natural chemical reactions within the skin that renew skin cells while exfoliating the unwanted dead cells. The most amazing thing about enzyme peels is that they do not damage or remove live tissue; they exfoliate only dead cells, which is why enzyme peels are great for nearly all skin types maintaining the pH balance, especially for sensitive and/or reactive skin types including acne.  Enzyme face exfoliation is also ideal for those mums who are experiencing pre and post-natal stages of life, when the skin can often be reactive due to hormone imbalances… Enzyme face exfoliation, all the exfoliation without the worry.

What Are the Benefits of Enzyme Face Peels?

Enzymes penetrate the upper layers of the tissue, cleansing pores and improving skin texture, tone, and elasticity. Enzymatic peeling is very gentle on your skin. It isn’t abrasive on your skin like the physical exfoliation or penetrating like the micro-exfoliation methods. Unlike the other chemical exfoliations types that use AHA’s and acids, it doesn’t loosen live cells from skin surface. It nourishes the skin and stimulates new cell growth by accelerating the natural exfoliating process. It helps your skin to get rid of dead cells, promote cell renewal, clean pores and improve its texture, tone and elasticity by accelerating the natural processes in your skin.

Enzyme face peels improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, alleviates dryness, reduces redness and toxins, increases oxygenation and prevents the formation of whiteheads and cysts. For this reason, enzymatic peels are highly recommended in the treatment of acne as they effectively remove dead skin cells, clean blocked pores, incite cell renewal and yet they are gentle to the skin.

So, go on treat yourself and your face to the pleasure of adding an enzymatic exfoliation into your weekly skincare regime. It is safe to use, highly effective as an exfoliation whilst respecting the natural pH balance of your skin. It can be used by all skin types, especially those with sensitive skin. You will immediately see the benefits with a fresher, more even toned, smoother looking skin, and more importantly, so will everyone else.


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