It's true that my appointment book is full of people concerned about the dry, uneven texture they are experiencing. On closer examination, I usually find that they have set aside their exfoliating home care treatments, and/or their retinoid treatments, under the misapprehension that exfoliating leads to dryness. In fact, by only using moisturizers and no exfoliants, these clients may be spending a lot of money to make their skin worse. How? It comes down to the skin:
|Your skin, y'heard?|
Worse, several days, weeks, or months of moisturizing over dead skin will actually lead to a build-up of these keratinocytes, as the moisturizer ingredients gradually glue down more and more of the stratum corneum cells that are attempting to exfoliate naturally.
Instead, be sure to maintain your exfoliation regimen all winter to get the most out of your cell rejuvenators. If an exfoliant is giving you irritation beyond like flaking, speak with your esthetician to determine the proper course of action for your skin this winter. We often switch from manual to sugar acid exfoliation or vice versa, go to a lower strength of retinol, or modify the technique that you are using to cleanse your skin. These changes will help you get the most for your skincare dollar, and make sure those precious corrective ingredients are getting deep into the skin where they belong!