The Beautiful Skin Blog

All your skincare questions in one place!

How does my diet affect my skin?

How often should I wash my face?

What *really* causes acne?

What cosmetic ingredients are good or bad?

So many questions. You'll be happy to know we've answered these and many more in our awesome (if we do say so ourselves) Frequently-Asked-Questions article:

The clean and healthy face: Your ultimate skincare FAQ.

It's fun and easy to read – plus we've organized it so you can quickly find the answers to your most pressing skincare issues!

What is microdermabrasion?

You can think of microdermabrasion as exfoliation on steroids.

Well, not literally. It doesn't involve steroids. It's just a more aggressive way than exfoliation for remove dead skin.

 

Microdermabrasion involves using rough grains or crystals to (aggressively) remove not only the normal layer of dead skin cells, but sometimes also scars and wrinkles. The crystals are sprayed onto your skin as a thin film, and then removed via pressurized air – in other words, essentially vacuumed up, along with the dead skin.

This type of treatment has been referred to as an "instant facelift" that is intended to be less invasive than chemical peels or plastic surgery.

Since we aren't big fans of mechanical exfoliation, you might correctly guess that we believe microdermabrasion is a mostly unnecessary harsh way to treat your skin.

 

If you do choose to go this route, there is no question that you want a trained and experienced esthetician doing the work – you want your eyes protected, the correct pressure level used, the spray completely removed, and so on.

Also, every reputable source on the Web notes that microdermabrasion temporarily removes an important layer of protection from your skin, so you will want to use sunscreen, avoid direct sunlight, and be mindful of applying any harsh or allergenic products to your skin for a couple of days after the procedure.

What is exfoliation? And how do I exfoliate my facial skin?

Exfoliation means removing dead skin cells from the surface. This reveals the younger, healthier cells underneath.

Here's how your skin works. Your body makes new skin cells at its lower level, which is called the dermis. The new gradually push upwards toward the upper level, the epidermis. The older cells on the surface gradually die. Eventually they fall (or 'slough', pronounced like 'sluff') off, making way for the newer, fresher skin cells underneath....

Healthy skin tip #5: Use fewer products

Between skincare and makeup, women report using quite a few products – for many people it's 20 or more.

Though it seems like each product zeros in on a specific function, doctors and dermatologists agree that less is actually more.

For one thing, lots of very specific products don't deliver huge benefits. And for another, using more and more products just raises your chances of allergic reactions and mystery ingredients.

So here's the tip: Cut back on product overload. Keep it simple! Professionals in this New York Times article and this more recent one from More magazine  all recommend no more than two or three products for the morning and three before bedtime.

The two they all agree on are a gentle cleansing product [AHEM!] and – ready? – sunscreen!

The Style List has an even more radical approach to try: Taking a week off from makeup. Completely. We'll dig into that idea in a future post!

We're also very proud that our customers say Cor Silver Soap can serve many functions, replacing a lot of products with just one. In addition to cleaning and moisturizing your face, it's a gentle and effective makeup remover, and it's all we use for exfoliation. And check out Cor users' comments about complexion!

 

See earlier skincare tips on getting more sleep, managing stress