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An Exfoliant as Part of the Step-By-Step Plan

I have explained earlier in my blog about the function and effects of an Exfoliant. There are a number of cosmetic ingredients that exfoliate the skin. Well known ingredients are Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid and Salicylic Acid. There is no wonder cream available, but an Exfoliant does come close. It is very important that you know how to use an Exfoliant and what to bear in mind when buying such a product. This is a very extensive subject, so there will be more blogs to come.

The perfect step-by-step plan

As I wrote, there are no ‘wonder products’ around. Exfoliants do remarkable things for the skin but in partnership with the use of other products: or also a ‘personal step-by-step plan’.

  1. Cleanser
  2. Toner
  3. Exfoliant
  4. Moisturizer (part 2)
  5. Sun cream

Afraid of the unknown?

Many people are not familiar with the exfoliant. Surprisingly enough it is (except for people with sensitive skin) an essential part of a good skincare programme. There is much independent and scientific evidence about the effectiveness of the exfoliating ingredients like Salicylic and Glycolic Acid! Convincing and impressive. You can also read the blog about Salicylic Acid versus Glycolic Acid.

What does this product do?

An exfoliant( a mild acid) removes dead skin cells. Through this the skin acquires a smoother surface and therefore a fresh, even and radiant look. But it does even more:

  • It can stimulate the production of collagen
  • It can reduce pigmentation
  • It prevents sebaceous glands from becoming clogged up; giving spots less of a chance
  • It retains moisture
  • And according to scientific literature, glycolic acid can (in combination with the use of sun cream) reduce the risk of skin cancer.

I’m a fan!

I hope that the above has convinced you a little bit. Soon I’ll be going into the different ingredients, necessary concentrations and the ‘recommended use’ of an exfoliant. Because if you don’t use an exfoliant in the right way your skin won’t thank you for it…

Regards Jetske.

(Dr. Jetske Ultee-Research Physician Cosmetic Dermatology)

Read more here about exfoliating, about different types of pigmentation,
a healthy skin and the blog ‘Spots: Should I Go to the Doctor or Not?

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