Off with the old cells, in with the new. Regular exfoliation and moisturization will keep facial, and body skin, looking fresh and youthful. There are two ways to exfoliate skin.
The first is mechanical exfoliants. This is achieved by using products or devices that are mildly abrasive to mechanically slough off dead skin cells, revealing a fresher dewy complexion. Our selection of mechanical exfoliants allows for the formulation of any type of mechanical exfoliator. For facial exfoliators, choose a milder exfoliant to avoid the risk of broken blood vessels. For body exfoliants, you may want to choose something on the basis of aesthetics for your product.
The second way in which we can exfoliate is through chemical exfoliators, or Acids. AHAs and BHAs promote cell sloughing, breaking down the corneocyte (or “dead”) layer of skin to reveal a younger looking one. Our selection of Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids allow you to create any strength of product for any skin type.
The horny layer is the outermost layer of the skin; besides its biological barrier function, it is also very important from an aesthetical point of view. The properties of the horny layer influence the skin appearance because they involve skin texture, light reflection and color.
The horny layer continually undergoes natural exfoliation, due to its cells (corneocytes) renewal. This process maintains the uniformity of skin properties. However, if the cell turnover is altered of slowed down, because of aging or environmental aggressions, skin texture is impaired resulting in roughness and thickening of the horny layer.
Cosmetics solutions are available for this type of problems. Exfoliants removes dead cells and impurities, regulating the thickness of the horny layer and enhancing cellular oxygenation. The outcome is smooth, polished, impurity-free and radiant skin.
Types of exfoliants
Exfoliation may be chemical or physical depending on the exfoliant agent. Chemical exfoliation consists in application of certain substances on the skin, which attack the cell junctions in the horny layer through enzymatic mechanisms or acidic pH. Conversely, physical exfoliation is based on detachment of dead cells through the mechanical action of exfoliating skin with particles on the skin.
Exfoliation can also be classified as face exfoliants or body exfoliants depending on the area where it is performed.
Face exfoliation is usually mild, for cleaning the skin of impurities and dead cells enhancing the face's appearance. Face exfoliants for men have additional properties such as improving men's skin tendency to impurities because of larger pores and more abundant sweating, and facilitating shaving because the hair follicles are more exposed.
Body exfoliants, usually harder, renews the epidermis, enhances its appearance and facilitates penetration of other cosmetic products such as anti-cellulite and self-tanning products.
There are a variety of exfoliant materials available for the bath and body industry. They range from very small, finer than granulated table sugar, particles to very large, larger than raw sugar, particles. The very large particles can be very harsh and may result in damage to the skin.
We believe in the use of exfoliants as a means to the gentle removal of dull, dry surface skin and for the promotion of lymphatic stimulation for healthy tissues. We do not encourage anyone to use an exfoliant that is larger, or more harsh on the skin, than fine dead sea salts. All of our exfoliants are sourced for their ability to refine the skin as well as for their pleasant feel to the skin, none of the Ingredients To Die For exfoliants will be harsh or uncomfortable and none of them have the potential to splinter. Our walnut shell exfoliants are much smaller than most that are available on the market. The larger particles are less expensive than the smaller particles but they are also less desireable due to their potential for tissue damage and the unpleasant scratching effect to the skin when used on the body.