DEAD SKIN CELLS
Skin is the body’s largest organ. Our bodies are constantly
producing new skin cells while shedding the old, and our
sebaceous glands are constantly producing natural hydrating oils.
In a typical 30-day period, a cell should make its way to the outmost
layer. However, things like age, pollution, diet, and weather all play
a role in dead skins not shedding themselves naturally.
The result is dull, flaky, dry and uneven skin. As we age, cell
turnover gets sluggish, leaving complexions looking dull and lacking
Our sebaceous glands are microscopic glands in
the skin that secrete an oily or waxy matter called
sebum to lubricate and waterproof the skin and
This sebum acts like a “glue” when combined
with dead skin cells creating a microscopic
“coating” on the surface of the skin.
• Exfoliation helps to increase cell turn over to reveal newer, healthier skin cells.
• It Helps to decongest pores.
• It removes dull flaky dead cells to reveal a brighter complexion.
• It evens the skin tone and gives skin a healthy glow.
• It helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles,
• It helps to decrease black heads.
• It helps to minimize hyperpigmentation, which is typically close to the surface of the skin (superficial) so
by removing dead skin cells, the brown spots can become less prominent over time.
• It helps with hydration, since the cells which are transitioned from below the skin’s surface to the
topmost layer bring with them essential lipids and moisture.
Most consumers have been educated well on the benefits of healthy skincare
and collectively spend
billions of dollars annually on topical products full of
amazing ingredients designed to improve the texture, feel, condition and
appearance of the skin.
Without removing the “virtual barrier” caused by a buildup of dead skin cells
combined with oils and sebum, the products are merely sitting on the surface
and the benefits are minimal. at best.
Without thorough exfoliation on a regular basis, the other steps in your skincare
routine are not nearly as effective. If the pores are blocked, all the other
skincare products that you apply won’t be able to successfully penetrate the
deeper layers of your skin and therefore will have little or no effect.
THE BEST WAYS TO EXFOLIATE
Visiting a spa on a regular basis for a professional facial is one way, however many of us find it difficult to find the
time to do these routine services and often it’s not in the budget.
In the treatment rooms of spas or medical spas there are various systems and products that are often used to
ensure a complete exfoliation of the skin.
Chemical exfoliation is a very popular method and is super effective in ensuring the removal of dead skin cells.
There are various chemicals that are used including lactic acid, glycolic acid, salicylic acid and enzymes. These
all work differently to exfoliate and remove dead skin cells.
Additionally, physical exfoliation is often used to break up the keratinized protein which accumulates on the skin’s
surface. This utilizes small granules in a formulation to lift and whisk away dull cell debris.
SKIN DOESN’T HAVE TO PEEL TO PEEL
Earlier versions of acid-based exfoliation treatments could
make skin visibly slough away. Newer more progressive
formulas have the ability to leave skin glowing, not flaking.
Aggressive, painful, peels typically represent the use of one
acid at a high strength which can be very uncomfortable.
J.ANDERS EXFOLIATION APPROACH
By utilizing multiple acids and enzymes, you can create an acid combination at a lower
strength that is very effective. The mixture of various acids and enzymes combined with a
manual exfoliant have the ability to dissolve the “glue” between the skin cells very
effectively. We also use a “time release” technology in our peel system which allows for
“slow release” of these acids, providing the feel of a much milder formula.