At first glance, none of these words make you want to shout them from the rooftop… but maybe they should. Have you looked in the mirror lately? Really looked? Yes, there are likely remnants of your (careful) tan. But inspect a bit more closely and you’re likely to see the damage that you inadvertently inflicted on your skin getting that tan: hyperpigmentation, dark spots, dry, flaky skin.
Now that the unofficial end of summer is here, it’s time to think about fall renewal – bringing back that healthy glow and velvety feel. The way to do this begins with one word – exfoliation.
Here’s a bit of a primer on why exfoliation is necessary, especially as you get older. When you were a teenager, your skin cells turned over every 28 days. But in your 20s, that turn-over rate started slowing down, so that by your 30s and 40s, cell regeneration has been reduced to every 40 days. And the result of this slowdown is a layer of dead skin cells that is allowed to form on your face. This layer not only leaves your skin duller than before, but it prevents your skin care products from being as effective as they could be.
To bring back healthy, glowing skin, you first have to work at getting rid of the layer of sun damaged skin. As long as you let the dead skin stay on your face, no crème or serum will give you the intended results because the dead cells block the product from penetrating the epidermis layer of the skin.
This is why including an exfoliant in your skincare routine is essential to seeing brighter skin. Bonus: When you exfoliate at night, you not only slough away all dead skin cells, but all the junk from the day.
There are two ways to accomplish the process – with the use of alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and skincare scrubs. Alpha hydroxy acids work by helping to dislodge the dead layer of skin cells which helps new skin grow. You start to notice a reduction in the look of wrinkles a smoother, more even skin tone. AHA’s are even believed to help instigate the growth of collagen and elastin, both of which are depleted as we age. And skincare scrubs do exactly that – they act as a physical brush that sloughs off the layer of dead cells.
And, once that layer has been removed, you’re ready to lighten and brighten.
Sonäge has its “Fab Four” – products that work together to give you more youthful, healthy-looking skin.
· Harmony Glycopolymer Solution
· Harmony Glycopolymer Crème
· Gommage Exfoliating Gel
· Translucent Brightening Crème
Start by cleansing with the Gommage Exfoliating Gel, then choose either the Harmony Glycopolymer Solution or Harmony Glycopolymer Crème (for more mature skin), and finish with the Translucent Brightening Crème. And not to worry – we use all natural, botanical ingredients to ensure the safe elimination of dead surface skin cells.
Fall is almost here. It’s time to get your glow on.
The Sonäge Team
Sonäge recognizes the positive effects of AHAs. But rather than simply a glycolic acid molecule alone, Sonäge introduced the glycopolymer. A polymer is a long chain of molecules that acts like a time-release capsule. Instead of the body being hit with dangerous free acids, it slowly digests the polymer, slowing the release of acidity, while maximizing the other physiological advantages of the acid. Polymers have all the properties and all the benefits while not creating dangerous free radicals.
Most skincare scrubs contain tiny plastic microbeads which are not biodegradable (see: Ban the Bead!) and could potentially lodge themselves in your open pores or blemishes. The Sonäge philosophy has always been “no scrub,” but rather opting for a safer more holistic alternative. The Gommage Exfoliation Gel, a gentle non-abrasive exfoliant effectively removes dead skin cells from the face, impurities and refines the skin’s texture, without harming the delicate skin tissue, leaving the skin fresh and smooth.