Exfoliants

Over time, the skin's ability to shed the buildup of unhealthy, dead layers of skin decelerates. Using an exfoliant can mitigate this outcome by being applied to the skin frequently. Exfoliants, such as the ones detailed below, work to dissolve dry skin cells, smooth rough, bumpy skin and bring clarity to an uneven skin tone.

GLACIAL CLAY
Glacial clay is crafted by the silt produced from erosion caused by the movement and melting of glaciers. Glacial clay is an exfoliating and detoxifying natural deposit with many nourishing elements. Glacial clay's high absorption makes it ideal for drawing out impurities and toxins from the skin, which improves skin's tone and texture, stimulates blood circulation, replenishes beneficial minerals and elements to protect and renew the skin, and rehydrates the skin.

Alaska-Glacial-MudAlaska Glacial Mud Co.
Glacial Facial Purifying Mineral Mud Masque by Alaska Glacial Mud Co. is powered by Mother Nature! This exfoliating mask is made with the most mineral-rich and pure glacial clay in the world, sustainably hand-carved from the remote waters of the Copper River Delta in Alaska and enriched with a special combination of certified organic and wildcrafted botanical extracts from the Pacific Northwest that are chosen for their moisturizing, skin-softening, anti-aging, and immunoprotective properties. This glacial mask detoxifies, exfoliates, and softens skin while more than 60 nourishing major and trace elements promote healthy skin cell regeneration.
800-428-5480 or alaskaglacialmud.com

 

 

ASCORBIC ACID
Ascorbic acid, also known as vitamin C, is a water-soluble vitamin found naturally in citrus fruits and many vegetables. It is a mild exfoliator that cleanses the pores and boosts firmness of the skin. Ascorbic acid detoxes impurities of the skin with its antibacterial and antioxidant properties and positively affects the synthesis of collagen.

ApieroApeiro Treatments
Deep Facial Peeling by Apeiro Treatments is meticulously developed to bestow a robust, glowing texture upon the skin and provides an energetic facial cleansing by delicately removing dead tissue and skin cells. This revolutionary formula includes a blend of natural ingredients and helps wash away pore-clogging residue and grime that cause inflammation, acne, and a multitude of other unsightly skin problems. By removing dead tissues and skin cells, the more beautiful and becoming layers below are revealed, uncovering a glowing, vibrant look. 888-356-8157 or apeirotreatments.com

 

 

AMETHYST
Amethyst is purple quartz, also known as silicon dioxide. When applied to skin care, amethyst can help cleanse the skin of toxins, excess oils, and daily debris such as dead skin cells. The stone also works to promote the flow of oxygen to the skin by triggering microcirculation which improves the complexion. Amethyst purifies, detoxifies, and revitalizes the skin by supporting healthy cell growth and regeneration.

Elina-OrganicsElina Organics
Amethyst Polish by Elina Organics is a deeply exfoliating, rejuvenating, brightening, and energizing elixir that is beneficial for all complexions. It is formulated for the face and body. This polish exfoliates with microscopic pieces of amethyst to improve skin texture and tone, which giving the skin a youthful, flowing appearance. Amethyst crystal powder, which naturally contains negative ions, helps to draw toxins out of the body. Other unique, regenerative, and antioxidant ingredients that are used in Amethyst Polish include spirulina, methylsulfonylmethane, fulvic minerals, and hyaluronic acid. 269-384-2170 or elinaorganics.com

 

 

ADZUKI BEAN POWDER
Used in Japanese skin care regimens for centuries, adzuki beans contain a natural foaming agent called saponin that helps cleanse pores by absorbing excess oils, removing dirt and dead skin cells, drawing out impurities, and promoting circulation. Adzuki powder exfoliates without damaging skin, removes dead skin cells to encourage fresh skin cell formation, promotes a soft smooth texture and a radiant glow to the skin, and helps to unclog pores.

Eminence2Eminence Organic Skin Care
Eminence Organic Skin Care's The Stone Crop Oxygenating Fizzofoliant is a never-before-seen, two-in-one exfoliant that gently removes impurities from the skin's surface, reducing the inflammation and premature aging caused by everyday pollutants. This exfoliant uses potent microgreens, rice flour, and adzuki powder to give skin a gorgeous, youthful glow. The revolutionary powder-to-foam exfoliant delivers oxygen to the skin, stimulating its natural healing functions while stone crop brightens and rice flour with adzuki powder gently buffs and smooths its surface. 888-747-6342 or eminenceorganics.com

 

 

MANDELIC ACID
Mandelic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid derived from the hydrolysis of an extract of bitter almonds. Mandelic acid has larger molecules than most of its alpha hydroxy acid counterparts and is thought to be less irritating to the skin. It is known to accelerate cellular turnover rate, exfoliate and purge dead skin cells, and increase collagen production. Mandelic acid is also useful in suppressing pigmentation, treating inflammatory noncystic acne, and rejuvenating photoaged skin.

Face-RealityFace Reality Skin Care
Face Reality Skin Care's Acne Peel #1 utilizes a combination of mandelic, lactic, azelaic, and kojic acids in their line of acne peels for treating all grades of acne. With a combination of exfoliating and brightening properties, these self-neutralizing peels are the standard for acne professionals the world over. Face Reality's Acne Peels are the intelligent choice for skin rejuvenation while treating and clearing acne clients. 866-477-3077 or facerealityacneclinic.com

 

CORUNDUM CRYSTALS
Corundum (aluminium oxide), a natural mineral found in the earth, is the second hardest natural mineral known to science. When applied to the skin, it cleans the surface and declogs pores due to its antibacterial properties. Over extended use, corundum crystals reduce fine lines and superficial scars; minimize pore size; and reduce blackheads, redness, and age spots. Corundum does not contain harmful chemicals and does not absorb into the skin.

Glymed-PlusGlyMed Plus
The Professional Micro Scrub with PC10 by GlyMed Plus is the perfect alternative to microdermabrasion and is safer for the skin too. The inclusion of corundum crystals break away damaged corneocytes to effectively exfoliate the skin while GlyMed Plus' own PC10 complex helps to correct damage from free radical injury. PC10 also combats inflammation, which is one of the major causes of skin aging. 800-676-9667 or glymedplus.com

 

RETINOL
Retinol is a vitamin A derivative that is also an antioxidant. When retinol and other retinoids are used on the skin, enzymes in the body convert the retinol into retinoic acid, the active form of the vitamin, and it has been shown to unclog pores, boost collagen, decrease fine lines, and improve skin's texture by accelerating cell turnover to even out discoloration and smooth the skin's surface.

Lira-ClinicalLira Clinical
Lira Clinical's PRO C4 Serum refines and strengthens skin with a combination of revitalizing vitamin C and powerful retinol. This effective antioxidant serum contains four forms of brightening vitamin C paired with four different restoring and skin nourishing plant stem cells. A multitasking marvel, this product also utilizes the power of retinol to help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and manages acne. 877-440-5472 or liraclinical.com

 

BROMELAIN
Bromelain is a proteolytic enzyme – an enzyme that breaks down and digests protein – complex derived naturally from the juice and stems of pineapples. Bromelain used in skin care treatments is an alpha hydroxy acid and is effective at gently removing dead skin cells on the surface of the skin by way of chemical exfoliation by digesting the skin's dead proteins. Bromelain exfoliates, rebuilds collagen, and produces enzymatic activity that destroys the keratin of dead cells.

Moor-SpaMoor Spa
Pumpkin Peel by Moor Spa is an enzymatic exfoliant blends pumpkin pulp, carrot extract, papain, and bromelain enzymes, for a healthy, refined appearance. Pumpkin pulp, rich in vitamin A, assists in skin renewal and healing. Bromelain exfoliates and breaks down the dead corneum cells. Carrot extract, rich in vitamins B, C, D, and E are extremely effective for dry and aging skin. Pumpkin Peel has been given a safety rating of one (maximum safety) on the Environmental Working Group Skin Deep website and is certified by Cert Clean – North America's leading certification for Skincare. 800-666-7987 or moorspa.com

PYRUVIC ACID
Pyruvic acid, also known as pyruvate, is formed by the splitting of glucose molecules and is naturally present in honey, apples, fermented fruit, and vinegar. Pyruvic acid is often wrongly thought to be an alpha hydroxy acid when it in fact an alpha-keto acid, which stimulates collagen production, elastin, and dermal glycoproteins to a greater extent than most alpha hydroxy acids. Pyruvic acid metabolizes rapidly to stimulate collagen production and also provides antiseptic properties.

Rhonda-AllisonRhonda Allison Cosmeceuticals
Mandelic Arginine Serum by Rhonda Allison Cosmeceuticals contains a blend of arginine, mandelic, and pyruvic acids and is gentle enough to be worn daily while promoting potent re-youth activity – making it beneficial for photo-aged, sensitive, rosacea, and acne-prone skin. L-arginine, one of the 10 essential amino acids, opens blood vessels, inhibits free-radical damage and lipid peroxidation while accelerating wound healing, collagen synthesis, and skin elasticity. Mandelic acid, the other core ingredient, is extracted from almonds and provides non-irritating re-youth and anti-bacterial support to the skin without causing dryness. 866-313-7546 or rhondaallison.com

EQUIPMENT
Coastal-ManufacturingThe newest, state-of-the-art way to exfoliate the skin is with the growing technology of the skin care equipment industry. Current technologies are rapidly evolving where they can be combined with key ingredients or used on their own.

Certain skin exfoliation equipment – such as microdermabrasion and hybrid fractional lasers – is non-invasive and attacks dead skin cells at the surface level, therefore the skin is not abraded past the epidermis. The purpose of removing these dead and dull surface layers is to stimulate an increase in collagen production. Most treatments are painless, quick, safe, and effective.

Diamond-TomeMicrodermabrasion works by using tiny exfoliating crystals that are sprayed on the skin. Conventionally, a crystal microdermabrasion system contains a pump, a connecting tube, a hand piece, and a vacuum. The pump creates a high-pressure stream of inert crystals to abrade the skin while the vacuum removes the crystals and exfoliates skin cells.

A hybrid fractional laser is rolled over the skin where one laser targets the top layer and the other targets the bottom layer. It delivers ablative and nonablative energy simultaneously in the same pulse and treats both epidermal and dermal pigmented lesions. The hybrid fractional laser yields downtime and comfort comparable to those of strictly nonablative laser treatments.

ScitonThe benefits of using skin exfoliation equipment include improving oily skin and mild acne scars, minimizing and unclogging pores, reducing fine lines, evening skin tone, and smoothing skin texture. With skin exfoliation equipment, results can be expected more quickly than the use of topical products as it is effective at removing more dead skin cells.

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