“I believe that exfoliation is a necessary component to good skin care. It removes dead cells, decongests the pores and allows important ingredients to penetrate the skin. However, too much or too aggressive exfoliation is counterproductive, unless undergoing a treatment to correct a skin condition. All the exfoliants I use, or recommend for home use, are made with the finest ingredients and will exfoliate the skin without causing any trauma.”
Depending upon your skin’s needs and the facial chosen, Shelley may use:
- Enzyme Peel – Predominately made from fruit enzymes. The most common, and what I use, are found in papaya (papain) and Pineapple (Bromelain) and Pumpkin. These enzymes dissolve the dead skin cells.
- Alpha Hydroxy Acids – Simply put, these acids dissolve the “glue” that keeps the dead cells on the skin. These acids are derived from fruits, milk or sugar.
- Mechanical Exfoliation – Dead skin cells are removed using friction with materials such as jojoba beads, bamboo powder, rice powder, ground nuts, etc. Only very fine powders or rounded material should be used because irregular granules may cause micro cuts and cause irritation or spread bacteria.