Spring Clean Your Face

Spring Clean Your Face

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It’s your skin. Your lifestyle, hormones and heredity determine the look and feel of the skin your in. Keeping your skin clean and protected from the sun will help you maintain a healthy, youthful appearance. Deep cleaning your skin should be a supplement to your daily skin care routine. You can deep clean your face a couple of times a week by removing the outer layer of dead skin cells through exfoliation.

Exfoliation can be done professionally, or at home. The Plastic Surgery Group, with offices in Ohio and Northern Kentucky, offers several methods of exfoliation to encourage cell turnover and reveal new skin cells.

The Micropeel® is a three-step process that removes a micro-thin top layer of skin and clogged pores. The procedure is accomplished in 15-20 minutes, and tests show that it lessens the appearance of fine lines and brown spots.

The Micropeel® Plus is a 15 minute in-office procedure that helps smooth fine lines, helps even skin discoloration and reduces the appearance of acne scars. In addition, once the dead cells are removed, the MicroPeel® Plus stimulates the new, living cells in your skin to reactivate the renewal process.

Microdermabrasion combines pampering with an intense dermabrasion. It uses a velocity of crystals, followed by an aloe facemask and an ultra sound treatment. I had a microdermabrasion treatment from Joyce Dickman, skin care specialist at The Plastic Surgery Group.

And of course, being the good editor that I am, I had to experience a Microdermabrasion procedure so I could explain it to the best of my ability. Plus, I've been wanting to get one ever since I took a trip to New York City in December and saw a Microdermabrasion Boutique at every corner. Up there, Microdermabrasion Boutiques are the new Starbucks!

Here's what I experienced: step one felt like my cat, Lakeisha, licking my face; steps two and three were cool and refreshing. After the dermabrasion, my face felt smooth and I had a healthy glow. I have sensitive skin, too, and it didn't aggravate it. The experience was totally relaxing.

Do it yourself. Exfoliation can be as simple as mixing baking soda or sugar with water to a pasty consistency and rubbing it over your face for about a minute. Do this a couple a times a week and your face will feel like silk.
Skin exfoliation is a natural process where dead surface skin cells slough off. But the natural process can be helped along. It’s good for both oily and dry skin. Oily skin has difficulty sloughing off dead skin because of the sticky nature of oil. With dry skin, dead skin cells pile up on the surface quickly. This gives your skin a dull appearance. 

Spring clean your face. No matter what method you choose to get rid of the old and show off the new, deep cleaning your face should always be part of your regular skin care regime.