One of the most important parts of a skincare regime, and possibly the most neglected, is the facial cleansing and exfoliating process. Too often we choose skincare products that cleanse but also strip the skin, altering its pH balance and interfering with the skin’s natural barrier function. As the latter offers protection against external stressors on the skin, any interference thereof could result in dehydration, sun damage, uneven skin and infection. Fortunately, in ZO Skin Health, we know that we have a brand of skin products that have been formulated through in-depth skin science and thus focus on sustainable skin health. And the brand is particularly reliable with its amazing range of facial cleansing and exfoliation products.
Why should we exfoliate our skin?
ZO Skin Health founder and skin health guru, Dr Zein Obagi, is big on exfoliation. He views this part of skincare as the primary element of improving the skin renewal process for younger, healthier skin. By the age of 30, a quarter of our natural circulation in the skin has stopped working effectively, with a further increase to 50% by the time we are 60 years old. In Dr Obagi’s view, it is for this reason that we should exfoliate every morning, to build up an effective tolerance for the process, which, contrary to popular belief, will not result in the over-production of oil in the skin. This commitment is evident in the various ZO Skin Health facial cleansing and exfoliating products on offer.
First up – face cleansing
A key product in the ZO Skin Health cleansing range is the Hydrating Cleanser which gently removes impurities, while simultaneously repairing surface damage and replenishing moisture in the skin. With its calming and soothing facial cleansing action, the Hydrating Cleanser works wonders in minimising dryness and reducing irritation (hydrating-cleanser). Additionally, there is also the Gentle Cleanser which is suitable for all skin types and similarly designed to remove impurities, clean pores and leave the skin feeling refreshed and hydrated (gentle-cleanser). Like most facial cleansers, these highly effective products should be used in the mornings and evenings, cleansing for 40 to 60 seconds and then rinsing off.
Exfoliation as the next step
ZO Skin Health has also developed the Exfoliating Cleanser which performs both facial cleansing and exfoliating functions concurrently, thus saving time yet ensuring that the skin receives effective care. This oil-free formula cleans away debris, oil and makeup, reduces sebum and heals blemishes through the stimulation of collagen and antioxidant benefits (exfoliating-cleanser).
Exfoliating-specific products include the Exfoliating Polish and the Dual Action Scrub, both of which provide at-home benefits of microdermabrasion. These exfoliators target dead skin cells and blemish-causing bacteria, thereby facilitating faster epidermal turnover. The results include a clearer, smoother and more toned complexion, as well as improved circulation and thus better product penetration into the skin (exfoliating-polish and dual-action-scrub).
As always, ZO Skin Health ensures that its products offer variety and versatility for all types of skins and needs. In this vein, and to assist with facial cleansing and exfoliation, it has designed the Calming Toner to invigorate dry, weak skin. This toner removes impurities and balances the skin’s pH, again optimising the penetration of skin treatments (calming-toner). Furthermore, ZO Skin Health’s Complexion Renewal Pads and Oil Control Pads are alternative products to use in controlling skin oiliness or breakouts. These products remove dead skin cells and cleanse congested pores, thereby assisting in the prevention of blemishes and restoring moisture and hydration (complexion-renewal-pads and oil-control-pads).
ZO Skin Health recognises the fundamental reason for exfoliation – removal of dead skin cells to allow for the effective penetration of other skin products as well as the renewal of fresh new skin. With this amazing repertoire available, there is no excuse not to cleanse and exfoliate.