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 as we get older 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.
Exfoliation helps you renew your skin and helps your serums and moisturisers absorb better, giving you a beautiful, radiant glow.
So we all agree it is an essential part of skincare routine but its one that often gets ignored until we reach a crisis point and decide we need a peel, or a micro dermal abrasion. Sometimes these processes are needed as part of acne treatment, but for your beauty and skincare needs, BOA Smart Natural Exfoliant can save you lots of time and money. Plus, BOA is natural and therefore a lot more gentle on your face than some other forms of exfoliation.
So, let’s look at some harsher exfoliation methods...
Micro-dermal abrasion (MDA):
There are various methodologies for micro dermal abrasion. In crystal MDA tiny crystals are sprayed onto the skin to remove the outer layer of your skin. With both the diamond tip method and the crystal method, suction is applied at the same time to remove the dead cells. The severity of the process depends on the length and degree of pressure applied with the tip. There is also a hydra dermal abrasion that uses an infusion of products and crystal-free exfoliation.
The result is a tender and pink looking skin that might take up to 24 hours to go away. Sun exposure must be avoided for a few days immediately after the procedure.
Cost of procedure: typically $200 to $300/session at a skin clinic or spa. A series of regular sessions are often recommended, which can add up quickly.
A chemical peel is a skin resurfacing procedure. It is used to treat wrinkles, acne, skin discoloration or scars, but some people use them as a deep exfoliation method. Peels can impart younger-looking skin until your next layer of dead skin cells covers the face again. They can be done at different depths, but the recovery time varies depending on which peel is used.
Light peels are used to remove the top layer of skin, the epidermis. It can be used to treat wrinkles, acne, uneven skin tone and dryness. This is the one that most people use to get a quick and deep exfoliation. It can be done every 3-5 weeks, but typically costs $150 to $300/session.
Medium peels remove the skin from epidermis as well as part of the dermis. It is used for removing wrinkles, acne scars or uneven skin tone. It can be done every 3- 9 months but can cost around $500/session, often with some downtime.
Deep peels can penetrate into the lower layer of dermis. It can only be done once and is used for removing precancerous growths, deep wrinkles and scars. This peel will have significant downtime and cost upwards of $3,000.
Main drawbacks: Hyperpigmentation (darker skin) or hypopigmentation (lighter skin), redness can last for a few months and in some cases, it can cause heart, kidney and liver damage.
However, both chemical peels and microdermabrasion are non-discriminate in removing healthy as well as dead skin cells.
BOA Smart Natural Exfoliant:
But, should we be removing skin that isn't ready to come off? We think not. Which is why we developed BOA. BOA Smart Natural Exfoliant is highly unique and ONLY removes the dead cells, not your healthy ones.
We also don't think that you need to spend hundreds of dollars to keep your skin radiant and healthy. BOA is great value for money, can last you up to 6-9 months and can reduce the appearance of wrinkles by removing the top dead cells that make them more pronounced - and naturally, without chemicals. Using BOA can make your skin look radiant, help keeps your pores clean and open and therefore helps you prevent some of the skin problems such as Milia, acne, and dry flaky skin.
Rather than taking drastic action like micro dermal abrasion or chemical peels, you can naturally work your way into soft, smooth and radiant skin, with BOA - all from the comfort of your own home.
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