Looking for the perfect summer glow? Exfoliation is key, says Trish Roberts, owner of Bangs Salon and Spa in Chesterfield County.
"Exfoliation removes dead skin cells to reveal new skin beneath," adds Roberts, who is an esthetician, licensed massage therapist and stylist. "It evens out skin tone and is essential prior to spray tanning."
Cellular turnover is occurring just below the superficial layers of skin. As new skin is created, the inside layers are pushed upward and become what we see on the outside. Outer layers no longer receive nourishment from our body and just sit on top until sloughed away. Without removal, they absorb free radicals, cosmetics and dirt, giving us an aged and dry appearance. For a fresh, dewy look, removal of the old skin cells by exfoliation is essential.
Exercise caution, though, because with too much frequency, exfoliation can remove natural oils that provide protection against infections.
"Less is more," Roberts suggests. "Depending on skin type, a few times a week is all that's needed. Always follow up with a liquid or cream moisturizer containing sunscreen."
Crystal Rivenbark is a Midlothian-based stylist and cosmetology instructor.