Aveda Skincare How-To:101

Aveda Skincare How-To:101

Exfoliation is one of the most natural things in the world. Trees do it. Snakes do it. Lizards do it. And we humans do it too! Your skin turns over on a regular basis — usually around every 28 to 30 days — but sometimes, it could use a little help speeding up the process. If your skin is looking dull or you’re noticing flakiness or a rougher texture than normal, it could be a sign that it’s time to exfoliate.

The number one thing you should know about exfoliation before you start scrubbing at your face. Be gentle and listen to your skin! Our esthetician, Dawn, is a proud graduate of the Tampa Bay Aveda Institute. She believes in the importance of taking care of your skin.

One of Dawn’s favorite products for gentle, daily exfoliation is the Botanical Kinetics Liquid Exfoliant, a biochemical exfoliant for gentle turnover. “It contains salicylic acid as the primary exfoliating ingredient. It’s formulated to be gentle, yet powerful,” Dawn says. Apply it in the evening with a cotton ball after cleansing– but before you tone–either once or twice daily, depending on your skin. It’s also our most popular skincare product for retail!

Once or twice a week, give your skin some extra exfoliation with a mechanical exfoliant like Botanical Kinetics Radiant Skin Refiner. (Mechanical exfoliants are things like scrubs and microdermabrasion treatments that use MOVEMENT to exfoliate the skin.) “It’s more active exfoliation,” says Dawn. “The key to using our refiner is not to use a lot of pressure on the skin. Let the granules (bamboo extract particles) do the work. Applying more pressure creates unnecessary stimulation to the skin and can cause irritation and undue stress to the skin. Be gentle!”

Dawn customizes every facial for the skin that you are in today.  Skin consultations are always complimentary. Facials conclude with appropriate skincare products, including SPF or complimentary make-up application. Book your appointment today!

Dawn is a graduate of the Aveda Institute of Tampa Bay where she graduated at the top of her class.

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