To exfoliate or not to exfoliate? That is the question


Most of us are bombarded with conflicting information and markets are flooded with exfoliation products.

Lisa Leibov- Director and Principle of Imbalie Beauty Academy answers our burning questions:

  • Is exfoliation beneficial?
  • How often should I exfoliate?
  • What is the difference between the various exfoliation options?
  • Are Peels safe?

Exfoliation is beneficial for many reasons:

  • It stimulates cell turnover
  • Accelerates skin improvement
  • Increases product penetration
  • Smooths and softens the skin
  • Even skin tone

Exfoliating once or twice a week is more than sufficient, over exfoliation is damaging to the skin as it removes the protective layer of the skin which we need to defend us against the harshness of our environment.

There are various exfoliation options on the market:

  • Granular scrub
  • Loofah or mitt
  • Machinery
  • Peels

Granular scrubs are the most widely available scrubs on the market, they are generally safe , but consumers should select the ones that have spherical micro beads or cellulose balls as they are far more gentle than the abrasive scrubs like chopped up Apricot Kernels .The chopped up Apricot Kernels can be very abrasive and cause micro cuts in the skin which expose it to outside contaminants and make the skin mire sensitive. It is important to remember that our fingers should work very lightly and gently and allow the granules or beads to do the work, harsh pressure could be damaging to the skin.

The same goes for a loofah or exfoliating mitt, they scratch the skin surface, so one should work very gently and thoroughly for a uniform exfoliation.

Machinery available in salons and Spars offer more controlled and slightly deeper exfoliation .Here the technician/therapist can select the speed and intensity to suit the specific skin condition, working deeper on problematic, oily and sun damaged skin, and more gently on dry and sensitive skins. The 2 most common exfoliation machines available are the Microdermabrasion machine and Diamond Peel Machine. Certain salons like the Placecol salon group offer advanced facial therapies combining state of the art machinery to obtain maximum results.

Peels are big on the market at the moment, the consumer needs to be well informed in this arena as harsh peels that offer quick results are not necessarily long-term better for the skin nor do the results promise to be long lasting. In my professional experience, the consumer should select gentler peels and have them more regularly to obtain the desired effect,

How the peels differ is that a granular or machinery based exfoliator scratched or buffs the dead skin cells off, a peel dissolves the glue like substance that binds the dead skin cells together, giving a more uniform peeling effect.

Be informed choose a product that is gentle on your skin to prevent any negative consequences like sensitivity, break out or pigmentation .If you are not sure, pop into one of our stores and ask for some advise.

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