Why regular exfoliation is a must for skin over 50

What is it about skin that makes our largest organ so fascinating? According to scientists, it weighs approximately 16 per cent of our total body weight and consists of over 10 trillion microscopic cells that shed at a rate of 30,000 to 40,000 every hour. For the math nerds out there, that’s almost a million skin cells a day!

While shedding is a normal and healthy bodily process, sometimes our skin needs a little assistance to remove the top ‘dead’ layer called the stratum corneum. By sloughing away the build-up of keratinocytes, we allow our healthier skin to thrive while improving the appearance of texture, radiance, fine lines, and discolouration.

Enbacci Microdermabrasion Exfoliant Scrub

According to Yong-Li Zhou, the founder of luxury skincare brand Enbacci, regular exfoliation is an important part of any skincare routine and plays an even bigger role in the management of mature skin by allowing active ingredients such as vitamin A and C to penetrate the skin better and provide superior results.

“As we age, our skin is more susceptible to environmental and biological aggressors which can wreak havoc on the internal and external structures of our skin,” says Yong-Li. “By exfoliating regularly, you can combat the effects of dryness, alleviate texture, improve skin cell turnover, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.”

While there are countless exfoliating options available to consumers, the only two methods dermatologically proven is mechanical and chemical. Mechanical (also known as physical) involves using tools, like brushes, sponges, loofahs, or scrubs, that create enough friction to loosen and slough away dead skin cells, debris, and oils. Chemical exfoliation uses chemicals such as hydroxy acids, retinol, and enzymes, to aid in cell turnover and cause the superficial epidermal layers to exfoliate sans friction.

“When it comes to exfoliation, chemical options are often considered a superior and eco-friendly alternative to physical scrubs for their ability to dislodge dead skin cells and reveal a smoother, more radiant complexion,” says Yong-Li. “However, documented studies reveal the potential dangers of acid-based ingredients as consumer misuse is leading to higher counts of skin damage, including irritation, inflammation, and scarring.”

Providing a gentler option for mature skin types, including those prone to sensitivity, Enbacci’s eco-friendly Microdermabrasion Exfoliating Scrub is tackling the stigma associated with traditional face scrubs by using a naturally occurring compound called alumina. Extracted from a sedimentary rock called bauxite and measuring as small as 8 microns, the rounded and densely packed spheres serve as a superior alternative to traditional fruit pits and nut shells, and safely removes dead skin cells without causing micro-tears.

“Developed with nature in mind, our scrub is non-toxic to wildlife and won’t contribute to oceanic waste like some other plastic-beaded scrubs,” says Yong-Li. “We’ve also included a host of naturally derived ingredients such as shea butter, glycerine and vitamin E to nourish, repair and protect skin.”

Formulated at a skin-friendly pH of 4-4.5, the twice-weekly treatment is rich in moisturising humectants, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids to improve skin barrier function and loss of firmness. It also unclogs pores, improves skin smoothness, restores radiance, and tackles stubborn pigmentation caused by unprotected sun exposure and ageing.

While Enbacci’s new scrub heralds a new future for physical exfoliants, Yong-Li says there’s no reason to be heavy-handed. In fact, over-exfoliating can be counterproductive for mature skin, slowing cell turnover, causing inflammation (which accelerates skin ageing), and stripping skin of necessary natural oils.

“If you’re new to exfoliation, it’s best to start with a weekly session and increase the frequency to align with your skin’s tolerance,” Yong-Li added.

To learn more about Yong-Li, Enbacci and tips for maintaining healthy skin at any age, visit www.enbacci.com.