Exfoliation | Foundations of Skin Care

Have you ever wondered why your skin care products never did what it claimed to do? Exfoliation might just be the answer to your frustration. Imagine marinating a whole onion by pouring sauce over without removing its peel. Even a concoction approved by Gordon Ramsay would hardly do the trick.

The build-up of dead skin cells leads to congested pores and early signs of ageing.

Just like an onion, we have a surface layer of dead skin cells that prevents our skin from fully absorbing the good stuff we apply. It also causes a dull, dry and flaky appearance of our skin. While our skin naturally renews itself every 28 days, the cell regeneration process decelerates as we age.

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The origins of exfoliation can be traced back to many historical civilisations.

Did you know? Ancient Egyptian Queen of Beauty, Cleopatra, bathed in sour donkey milk to preserve her youthful looks. Enriched with lactic acid, the fermented donkey milk served its purpose as a chemical exfoliator. Chemical exfoliation uses acids to break apart the glue holding the cells together and removes impurities on the face. Products that contain AHAs, BHAs, Polyhydroxy Acids, plant or fruit acids and retinol are forms of chemical exfoliators. A point to note, however, is that some of these chemicals may cause oversensitive skin.

Ranging from dried corncobs to sand from the bottom of a river bed to crushed sea shells, ancient people used abrasion to buff dead skin cells. This process is now known as mechanical exfoliation. Today, mechanical exfoliators are products or equipment that has little granule bits used to scrub debris off the surface. However, the problem is often these exfoliators contain harsh and jagged microbeads that will irritate and injure your skin, causing more harm than good. A gentler option would be using exfoliators with spherical granules, but these are usually harmful to our environment.

With the plentiful risks of exfoliation, why not just leave it out completely? Fret not, all is not lost.

In Comes Enzyme Exfoliation.

Exfoliation using enzymes digests the proteins of dead skin cells and breaks them apart while remaining mild on your skin.

Get clearer skin with regular exfoliation with Porcelain's Natural Skin Refiner

With Porcelain’s Revive – Natural Skin Refiner, experience enzyme exfoliation at its best. Using enzymes extracted from natural fruits, this non-abrasive exfoliator softens dead skin cells, nourishes your skin with nutrients and stimulates microcirculation as you gently massage it on your face. While it is suitable for all skin types, we recommend acne-prone users to enjoy this product as a cooling leave-on face mask instead.

When it comes to exfoliation, less is more. 2-3 uses a week is sufficient for a healthier complexion. Aloe extract, one of the key active ingredients, penetrates through the different layers of the skin and delivers hydrating effects. Experience soft, supple and radiant skin right after use.

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