It’s 2021 and we have so many options to make ourselves look at least 5 and maybe even 10 years younger! With technological and scientific advancements, we now have wonderful options to get rid of the old layer of skin (exfoliation), so the newer layer of skin can absorb the anti-aging properties from all our serums and creams. Our skin renews itself once a month, but this self exfoliation slows down dramatically once we hit the 28 to 30 year mark.
There are two ways to exfoliate – mechanical and chemical.
Mechanical exfoliation is a physical means to rid that top layer of skin, revealing younger skin. Native Americans used dried corncobs and sand from the bottom of a river bed to scrub away dead skin. Another alternative used were pumice stones and roots vigorously rubbed against the face and body. In ancient Egyptian society, body hair was considered uncivilized, so men and women used sugar, water, and lemon juice, with a muslin cloth, to lay the foundation for waxing techniques used today.
Chemical exfoliants like lactic acid are often enzymes found in natural sources. Ancient royalty used tubs of LACTIC ACID to rid skin of dark spots and dryness. Here are the other top chemical exfoliants/alpha hydroxy acids beneficial for exfoliating skin and making us look younger:
Sugar (GLYCOLIC ACID) best for oily or acne skin due to its strong degreasing properties. Also having a spot treatment on hand is a must as well for minor acne blemishes!