Why Exfoliate???

For some reason, people don't do this very important skin care step half often enough and if they do, they're using the wrong products or doing it wrong for there skin type.

I'm totally obsessed with this skin care step and want to help you to understand why and how to exfoliate the right way - so your not wasting your money and even more frustrating, not getting the results you deserve.

I always feel that your skin is the first thing people look at and stay looking at while talking to you - not your expensive watch or bag that eventually goes out of fashion. Don't get me wrong. I want them as well!! However, treat your skin well, spend the time and money on it and you'll feel great. So here it goes guys...

Our skin naturally exfoliates but as we age, the rate of exfoliation slows down, which causes a variety of complexion issues.

There are so many ways to exfoliate. The two main ones are mechanical or chemical. My preference is chemical. Irish skin has a tendency for capillaries to break easily, giving us that red complexion. I try to avoid mechanical exfoliation (like scrubs) where possible unless you're using very fine, round beads or very soft brushes.

The words 'chemical peel' seems to freak people out. It sounds so much worse than it is. But these ingredients are sourced from natural ingredients, such as sugar cane. There are many different types of chemical exfoliant. I will go through a brief desctiption of the most popular, the skin-types it suits and the results is achieves.

l'll try not to bore the head off you, so bear with me.

Glycol Acid

Glycol Acid is part of a group of active compounds called AHAs which are derived from cane sugar. It is the smallest molecule in its group allowing it to penetrate deeper, delivering more results. It is the same chemical used in most peels, like the Jan Marini peels but there in a higher percentage. So, what does it help with?  Fine lines, spots, blackheads, dullness and oiliness. In my opinion, it suits skin in its 20s to 30s, before going moving on to stronger, more anti-aging exfoliats and it prepares the skin for this change.

Now, what's important is the percentage contained in the product. For example, Jan Marini Glycolic Cleanser is 12%, which is strong considering their peels start at 40% so your getting more results. Always check the percentage of a products ingredients. It my claim to contain glycolic acid, but at what concentration? This is important if you want to see results.

Salicylic Acid

This is mostly used for acne skin-types. It is a derivative of aspirin so it functions as a anti-inflammatory. It has the ability to penetrate into the pore as well as work on the surface of the skin. This is brilliant for both blackheads and whiteheads. It is well proven to improve skin thickness, barrier function and collagen production. Salicylic Acid is in Clearogen products and in the step 3 exfoliation in the Jan-Marini products, also contains glycolic acid.


Retinol is a form of vitamin A, which generates cell growth, repairs damaged cells, makes it harder for skin to get clogged, minimizes wrinkles, evens skin texture and protects against dryness and redness. I feel it is suitable to start exfoliation with this in your 30s. It is a strong exfoliant but it does so much for your skin, especially from an anti-aging perspective.

These three exfoliation options will give you visible results and won't cause damage to your skin. As my clients know, I am skin obsessed and always here to help. My consultations are complementary so if you are in doubt, book in to talk to me. I'm here to help!

Thanks for reading. Martina.