Elana answers your exfoliation questions

As we age, our skins cellular-turnover slows causing premature aging. Exfoliating helps to keep your cells ticking over, which rejuvenates your skins smoothness and radiance. There is still a lot of confusion over exfoliation and below are my answers to the most commonly asked questions:
1/ What type of Exfoliant should I use?
I recommend using a light granule or natural enzyme exfoliating treatment as well a stronger granules for a more manual exfoliation. I don’t believe in using an AHA (i.e. glycolic acid) regularly as it will dehydrate and can make your skin sensitive. Of course organic is always best!
2/ How often?
This answer varies with every client. I suggest that if you have sensitive skin or you are just starting to exfoliate 1-2 times a week. If you already exfoliate once or twice a week you can increase to 4-5 times a week. If your skin is use to exfoliating, you can perform this step every day by using a combination of an enzyme exfoliating treatment as well as a stronger granule scrub. Please consult your therapist for more information.
3/ When should you do a deeper exfoliation?
You should have a facial every 4-6 weeks and this is when your therapist should give you a deeper exfoliation either through a manual scrub or a light peel. It is important to give your skin this extra boost so it can deliver better and faster results.
4/ Where should I exfoliate?
Bedsides the face, it’s also imperative to exfoliate your body; especially your neck, décolletage and hands as these places are one of the first to show signs of ageing. Using an organic toner, moisturiser and sunscreen after exfoliating will ensure your skin is properly protected from the harsh sun throughout the day.
5/ How do you find the time to fit regular exfoliating?
In the morning every minute counts, so mixing your exfoliant with your cleanser will decrease the amount of time it takes to perform your morning regime, which will help you to NOT skip this important part of your overall skincare routine. Also choosing a body exfoliant that has a two in one effect on your skin by exfoliating & moisturising (usually a sugar and oil mix) when showering saves precious minutes and gets you out the door glowing all over!