The Key to Looking Younger

There are two types of exfoliation that can be done at home to keep your skin healthy and younger.

One is physical exfoliation, which is done with a facial scrub product, a rotary brush, or a scrubby mitt.  Physical exfoliation removes surface dead skin cells and is important to do daily.  This type of exfoliation aids in product absorption and keeps skin moister.

The other is chemical exfoliation, which is the application of an exfoliating product.  Chemical exfoliation goes deeper than physical exfoliation.  These products breakup the glue that holds skin cells together, thereby, stimulating cellular turnover.  From age 25, cellular production begins to slow, and the skin begins to show signs of aging, with chemical exfoliators you can slow the aging process.  Chemical exfoliation ingredients should be applied to clean skin nightly.

Here are some of the ingredients used in Spa Beleza’s Custom Formulated Renewal Serum.

  • Retinol – Vitamin A in its different forms (retinoids) are the most studied anti-aging ingredient.  Retinol is one of the most used retinoids in topical skincare.  It not only facilitates exfoliation; it has been proven in multiple clinical studies to help the skin improve overall performance of collagen production and even skin pigmentation.
  • Salicylic Acid – derived from willow bark and is oil-soluble.   Oil-soluble ingredients can penetrate the skin at a deeper level than water-soluble ingredients.  Salicylic acid works deeper and is able to penetrate into the pores to unclog them, therefore, this a must have for acne or congested skin.  Once it penetrates the skin, salicylic acid begins to break up the glue that hold dead skin cells together, which speeds up cellular growth, and it emulsifies trapped debris and sebum.  It also reduces inflammation, thereby calming red, inflamed acne.
  • Lactic Acid – this gentle acid is derived from dairy and is water-soluble.  It helps the older, dull cells on the skin’s surface to slough away by dissolving the glue that hold them together. Lactic acid speeds up cell turnover and stimulates cell renewal.  It also improves the skin’s natural moisture, which is vital in an aired climate such as ours is here in the Wood River Valley.