We sat down with Annie Hill-Adler, representative for Eminence Organic Skincare, certified wellness counselor, and all around wonderful
person. Our topic? Exfoliating the skin. Because winter indoor air is dry, it’s an ideal time to think about your face and what it needs to let go of the old and bring in the new.
Q. For a beginner, it’s a little overwhelming to choose among the different exfoliating options. Where do you start?
To start with, it’s good to know the difference between the three basic types.
Manual exfoliation uses natural materials that have a scrubby feeling on the skin, like ground almonds, ground wild cherry bark, diatomaceous earth, silica beads, and poppy seed.
Chemical exfoliating products use acids like alpha hydroxy or spruce acids. In our line, these are all sourced from fruits and flowers. Their function is dissolve the glue that hold the top layer of cells together. Acids and manual work well together, so a lot of cleansers combine them for daily exfoliation.
Enzymes are the third exfoliating option. They are naturally-occurring proteins that breaks down dead skin cells. Enzymes from papaya, mango, and pumpkin, for example, gently dissolve the top layer of skin. Both chemical and enzymes have a tingly feeling on the skin as they work.
Q. Why take off dead skin cells?
Your skin has seven layers, and the newest, youngest skin cells are like a round, juicy grape. As cells move up through the layers toward the surface of your face, they flatten out like a dinner plate becoming more brittle and dry. When we slough off the older layers, the rounder cells underneath make skin look younger and glowing.
Q. When is the best time to exfoliate?
Any time is great! Many people think it’s hard to fit exfoliating into their daily routine, but adding it to your morning shower makes it easy. The warm water loosens the top layer of cells, allows the product to absorb, and gives you fresher-looking skin during the day. More sensitive skin types should exfoliate weekly, rather than daily.
Q. Since you rep Eminence products at Simply Blissed, I’m curious what your own favorites are?
My favorite is the Arctic Berry Peptide Illuminating system. It has six flower acids, two enzymes, and four manual exfoliants. It’s perfect for all skin types, and everyone who uses it looks fresh-faced afterward.
Eminence also makes an exfoliating powder that you can add to your regular daily cleanser—allowing you to combine steps and save time. I use our organic Citrus Exfoliating gel wash with Strawberry Rhubarb Dermifoliant mixed in. It’s got lactic acid in it that is mild and brightening. I love the fresh citrus smell of the gel wash too—it just wakes me up!
Q. If you could tell the whole world one thing about their skin, what would it be?
It’s my personal mission to slather everyone in SPF! In Oregon, we have the fifth highest incidence of skin cancer in the nation. People think they don’t need it because we have so much rain, but UVA (aging) and UVB (burning) rays gets through the clouds. If you want young-looking skin for life, today is a perfect day to pick up a good daily cream with a good SPF.
Simply Blissed carries a full compliment Eminence manual, chemical and enzyme exfoliants. Stop by our spa and take a look. We’d be happy to make a recommendation!