I remember the 90's. I was well into my college years, still not knowing what I wanted to do with my life. I also remember this being the decade when chemical exfoliation took center stage in the world of esthetics.
We’re still facing an epidemic of over exfoliation. The good news is we have an arsenal of information to help us get through.
During a skin analysis we observe what is occurring on the skin, and which ingredients will best treat the condition.
Of the 5 layers, the layer that may cause confusion is the Stratum Granulosum. If this layer isn't formed correctly, from plenty of water and a good diet full of essential fatty acids, we experience dehydration, which leads to a buildup of cells. This presents as dry, flaky skin.
Rather than exfoliate the skin, which is a natural instinct when we feel that flaky skin, this layer will appreciate hydration and a good serum full of EFA's.
Now don’t get me wrong - the responsible use of chemical exfoliants can be quite beneficial, but I propose you use them less often, and build a foundation of healthy cellular hydration first. This will normalize the cell elimination process, further reducing your need/desire to constantly exfoliate the “dead” skin away. A healthy, happy, and hydrated skin barrier will serve you better in the long run.
Cheers to healthy skin!