Why We Need to Exfoliate

Most women have a day ritual when it comes to taking care of their skin.  Wash and moisturize twice a day.  That is great, but it is not enough to keep you skin looking its best.  Washing and moisturizing will keep your skin clean, but if you don’t exfoliate every few days, you are just torturing your skin. Many women don’t even know that they should be exfoliating.  Here are some tips and reasons why exfoliating should be an important part of you ritual.

Why do we need to exfoliate?

This is an easy one.  Your body is constantly producing new skin cells. That, mixed in with environmental factors and the use of makeup, can be damaging to the skin. If you don’t exfoliate, your pores can accumulate dirt and other debris, causing breakouts. Exfoliation helps slough off dead skin cells, remove dirt and keep pores looking smaller — all for a more glowing complexion.

Should you exfoliate every day?

No there is no need to exfoliate daily. While your skin does need to be refreshed on a regular basis, exfoliating more than necessary can actually cause skin to become rough, dry and patchy.

Not everyone has the same type of skin.  Some are oily, some dry and others can be a combination of both.

Oily skin

People of all ages can experience oily skin.  A general rule is the oilier your skin, the more often you can exfoliate. Instead of using hot water to remove excess oil and dirt, opt to use warm water and a mild exfoliator with a detoxifying solution. Having oily skin makes it hard for dead skin cells to make their exit, but the detoxifying solution penetrates deep into the pores, gently flushing away debris and oil and leaving you with flawless-looking skin.

Sensitive skin

Harsh scrubs and peels should be avoided for women who have sensitive skinas it can lead to excessive irritation. Use a gentle exfoliating cleanser twice a week to gently remove dead skin cells. Try using a washcloth instead of an exfoliating tool. Also, make sure to use a clean washcloth when exfoliating. Using the same washcloth can breed bacteria and ultimately do more harm to your skin than good.

Dry skin

Even women with dry skin should exfoliate.  Women with dry skin actually get an abnormal buildup of skin cells, preventing normal exfoliation and normal moisture retention. Exfoliating helps the dead skin cells shed at a more normal rate, making room for new skin cells and hydrating the skin. If you have dry skin, use a mild exfoliating cleanser  while using a cleansing brush twice a week to help sweep away dead skin cells more quickly.

Normal or combination skin

Women who have normal or combination skin often have a T-zone that is oily and cheeks that are dry. These women also tend to have large pores, especially on the nose, and they experience occasional breakouts. Then a chemical peel that contains alpha hydroxy and beta hydroxy acids would be a good idea. These peels are extremely effective in eliminating excess oil through the T-zone area. How often you should use such peels varies by product, so make sure to always follow the directions.

DIY Lemon Scrub

Not everyone has the time or money to get to a spa.  Here is an at home exfoliator that you can make with just a few things from your kitchen.  You should be exfoliating your face twice a week to keep your skin feeling the softest it can be.


This exfoliator has several benefits that go along with each ingredient.  The ingredients you will need for this facial scrub are:

Lemon: Acts as a natural brightener while evening skin tones and lightening acne and other scars.

Olive Oil: Exceptional moisturizer that packs a powerful anti-oxidant against sun damage and other environmental pollutants.

Sugar: Perfect sized granules for gently scrubbing away dead skin cells.

Honey: Another moisturizer that does wonders without clogging pores. Natural anti-oxidants help slow down the aging  process.


Juice of 1 Lemon
1 T Olive Oil
5 T Sugar
1 tsp Honey

Mix together all ingredients in a jar until smooth. After washing your face and while skin is still damp, gently rub exfoliator into skin with fingers in a circular motion. This is also great for your the lips too, so don’t forget them. Rinse well with warm water. Follow up with your everyday moisturizer. This recipe makes enough for 3-4 separate uses.

Repairing Sun Damaged Skin

Summer is official over. We love the changing seasons in New England, but all that change can do a number on your skin. You skin can go from oily in the summer, to dry in the fall and winter. Many people love the summer sun and some spend a little too much time outside wiOrange Vitamin Cth out the proper sunscreen applied.

As a result, many people have sun-damaged skin due to the sun’s UV rays. Without the proper protection you risk damaging your skin. Your skin can start to have a thick leathery look to it, while others will see some premature wrinkles and dark patches of skin (sun damage).

At Advanced Laser and Skin Center, we can help reduce the amount of damage that was done to your skin during the hot summer months. Our scientifically proven Vitamin C facial is designed to reverse the signs of aging that result from everyday environmental factors such as sunlight, smog, pollution and stress.

This technology delivers a pure Vitamin C enhancer directly to the skin to lighten skin discoloration while maximizing wrinkle fighting, collagen production and free radical protection. Helps repair damaged cells and prevent future skin damage. Pigmentation will fade, fine lines and wrinkles will be smooth and you will enjoy your radiant skin. Vitamin C Collagen Crystal Mask included with this facial.

Contact Advanced Laser and Skin Center to discuss out Environmental Facial and let us show you how we can make your skin beautiful. We can be reached at 781-935-7333.


After Facial Care

Keeping your skin healthy is an ongoing job. Having regular facials help your skin feeling and looking its best. However, results of your facial may not be noticeable immediately after treatment. After your facial, you may notice redness, blemishes and some discomfort.

Here are some things you can for some extra after care of your facial.facecontour2

Wash Your Face Carefully

Scrubbing too hard and using harsh cleansers can leave skin (that has already been exfoliated) very irritated. If you just had a facial, the esthetician has already performed a deep cleansing and exfoliation on your skin. Try to cut back
on the scrubbing for 48 hours after your facial. Be sure to clean your face, but just be a bit more gentle.

After Extractions

Extractions are not always done, but are sometimes necessary to give you the clearest skin possible. After an extraction, your esthetician will apply a soothing protective product to help keep breakouts to a minimum. However, your skin will be vulnerable to dirt and should be kept as clean as possible.

Using the Right Cleanser

When you do wash your face, be sure to use a gentle cleansing product. Do not use a sponge or a washcloth, instead use the tips of your fingers and wash with warm water. If you normally use a toner (and you should be), now is a good time to skip this part of your regimen since the toner can sting your freshly cleaned face.

Use the Right Sunscreen

Your newly cleaned skin will need some sun protection. Your regular sunscreen may sting or be uncomfortable for a few days following your facial. Try using a sunscreen that contains titanium oxide to protect your new fresh skin. You should use this for about a week or two after your facial, the exfoliation you had during your facial will leave your skin more sensitive to the UV rays.

Work with your esthetician to develop a plan for your facial treatments. Keeping your skin looking its best, works well with a schedule. Keep a spot on your calendar for your facial treatments to ensure your healthy and beautiful looking skin.

Dry Skin and Nutrition

The fall can make your skin dull and dry. If you are not supplying your body with the proper nutrients you need, your skin will start to dull and lack the luster you need to look your best. The foods you eat make a big impact on how your skin will look and feel. With autumn coming quickly here in New England, we are fortunate to have some great seasonal foods available to us that will keep your skin looking young and beautiful.
Here is a list of some foods that will help keep your skin its brightest during the fall:

Vitamin C helps firm and tone skin. Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and sweet potatoes are fall vegetables that keep skin beautiful thanks to their high vitamin C content. Eating these veggies regularly helps prevents free-radical damage and protects skin cells and helps prevent wrinkles.

Winter squashes like pumpkin and butternut squash are all rich in beta-carotene. These contain vitamin A which can help fight wrinkles and balance the skins ph levels. Beta-carotene and vitamin A both encourage new skin growth by increasing cell turnover.

Sweet potatoes are another great source of vitamin A and beta-carotene. Retinol and retinoic acid, found in many skin care products, helps keep skin smooth and keep wrinkles at bay.

Kale and spinach should be added as part of your regular diet. Leafy greens can help soothe dry skin, which is common during this time of year. Kale and spinach are good sources of vitamin E. Benefits of vitamin E come from its antioxidant properties that remove free radicals.

Pumpkin seeds and pecans are packed with skin-beautifying zinc. Zinc helps the body maintain its collagen supply, which helps give skin its elasticity, and prevents wrinkles and sagging. Pumpkin seeds and pecans are both a good source of zinc.
As always, don’t forget your water. Drinking plenty of water is very important in having healthy, beautiful, glowing skin. Including some of these foods into your regular diet during the fall season may help keep your skin looking smooth and beautiful during the upcoming winter.