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Illuminate and Glow

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Scrub, buff, peel and polish! Exfoliation is key to luminous skin. It stimulates collagen & cell regeneration, removes dead skin cells, increases blood circulation and assists with lymphatic drainage. Not to mention, exfoliation helps your products penetrate deeper, leaving your skin silky and fresh.



Exfoliating once or twice a week is ideal for controlling breakouts, dryness, dehydration and aging for all skin types. There are two kinds of exfoliation typically performed on the face.


Physical Exfoliation

Physical or grainy types of scrubs manipulate the skin by rubbing off dead cells. Using gentle circular motions for up to three minutes provides the stimulation that gets the blood flowing. Sugar, salt, jojoba bead and oatmeal scrubs are all great for the skin however, scrubs with kernels or micro-beads should be avoided as they are harsh and not good for the environment. 


Chemical Exfoliation

Chemical exfoliators like lactic acid and fruit enzymes, deliver a deeper cleanse providing a good alternative for whiteheads and rosacea as they do not cause the same friction as physical exfoliators. Lactic acid is lipid-fluid meaning, it flows through oil and breaks it down to create a chemical reaction on the skin dissolving and digesting dead cells rather than scrubbing them off. This decreases the spread of bacteria and reduces sensitivity.



Our Skin Nourishment Gommage is an excellent 2-in-1 exfoliator that combines both of these actions. The lactic acid loosens and digests the dead skin cells, drying and adhering to lingering particles. Using a gentle circular motion on the face, any remaining cells are rolled off while stimulating blood flow.


Both the physical and chemical types of exfoliators are great for the entire body and can be done as frequently as needed. As an alternative to scrubs, exfoliating mitts or a dry brush can be used. Remember, if you are using mitts or a loofa, be sure to thoroughly wash them on a regular basis, allowing for complete drying as this will help to eliminate the growth of bacteria.


At Ste. Anne's Spa we use the dry brushing technique in our Exfoliating Body Invigoration treatment as a brisk way to slough the skin and stimulate circulation while detoxifying the body and reducing the appearance of cellulite.


Nothing compares to the glow and softness of well-maintained skin so be sure to treat yourself to an invigorating exfoliation using Ste. Anne’s Skin Nourishment Gommage. Exfoliate your way to smoother, healthier skin!