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Oh really? Tell me about Mechanical Exfoliation first...
Mechanical Exfoliation involves physically scrubbing the skin with an
abrasive such as microfibre cloths, adhesive
exfoliation sheets, micro-bead facial scrubs, crepe paper, crushed apricot
kernel or almond shells, sugar crystals, salt crystals or pumice.
There are also abrasive materials like sponges, loofahs, brushes or you
could just use your fingernails. Facial scrubs are available
over-the-counter at a chemist. People with dry skin should avoid
exfoliants which include a significant portion of pumice. However pumice is
considered a good material to exfoliate the skin on your feet.
And what about Chemical Exfoliation ?
Chemical exfoliants include scrubs containing salicylic acid, glycolic
acid, fruit, enzyme, citric acid or malic acid which may be applied in high
concentrations by a dermatologist. You can get it in lower concentrations
in over-the-counter products. Chemical exfoliation may involve the use of products that contain alpha
hydroxyl acids (AHAs), beta hydroxyl acids (BHAs), or enzymes that act to
loosen the glue-like substance that holds the cells together. This type
of exfoliation is recommended for people being treated for acne.
Is there anything which would stop me from being waxed?
You should not be waxed if you are taking Retin-A, Renova, Differin or
Isotretinoin. These medications tend to weaken the skin and tearing of the
skin may occur when the wax is removed. Waxing should not be done on
areas of skin which have warts, pimples, moles or rashes or on skin that is
irritated, chapped or suffering from sunburn. You should not get any
areas waxed where the skin is peeling or broken or the area has varicose veins.
And is there anything that I shouldn’t do after being waxed?
Sweating may cause the hair follicles to become infected ( this is called
Folliculitus), so do not:
- expose your skin to sunlight or sun beds for 48 hours
- have a sauna or any heat treatment for 24 hours
- take a bath or shower for 24 hours
- do any exercise for 24 hours
- or apply any moisturisers or body lotions ( other than those recommended
by your therapist) for 24 hours.