Facials and Exfoliation

Part of every good facial is exfoliation. No, it's not leaves falling from a tree! It's the removal of dead skin cells on the outermost surface of the face.

Mary Hersey at Salon Vanity'z

Mary Hersey, who provides skin care and facials in Phoenix was trained by Elizabeth Arden. She has many of years of experience, and her salon has been written up in Vogue Magazine. She describes the process like this:

Chemical exfoliation involves physically scrubbing the skin with an abrasive. Mechanical exfoliants include microfiber cloths, adhesive exfoliation sheets, micro-bead facial scrubs, crepe paper, crushed apricot kernel or almond shells, sugar or salt crystals, pumice, and abrasive materials such as sponges, loofahs, brushes, and simply fingernails.

Chemical exfoliation may involve the use of chemicals that contain alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) or beta hydroxy acids (BHAs). It may also invovle enzymes that act to loosen the substance holding cells together, which makes it easier for them to fall away.

Rely on an Expert

The method that best works for you and your skin type is best determined by your skin care technician. When you arrive for your facial, spend a few minutes talking over your options. Not only should a facial make you look great, you should feel great as well. Working with friendly and reliable skin care specialist is the only way to go.