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Congestion 101 and The Fix – Silver Mirror

Congestion 101 and The Fix

During the spring and summer months, your face can feel like a congested and pore-clogged mess. Why does this happen? And what can we do to clear it up?

Let’s start with the basics. Congestion is caused by the buildup of dead skin cells on the surface of your skin. When these dead skin cells mix with excess oil, they sink into your pores and end up causing blackheads, whiteheads, and blemishes.

Luckily, the solution for less congested skin is pretty simple! All it takes is regular gentle exfoliation – with the right exfoliator for your skin type. Here at Silver Mirror, we recommend enzyme-based or acid-based exfoliants that dissolve dead skin cells. We don’t like scrubs of any kind because while they are satisfying to use, they can cause micro-tears in the skin making it irritated and dry. You can book a facial with us and we’ll handle everything.

Ezymatic exfoliants are ideal for sensitive skin types and include products with pineapple, pumpkin, papaya or cranberry enzymes. Acid-based exfoliants such as peel pads include light concentrations of glycolic acid, salicylic acid and/or lactic acid and work well for most skin types.

Stick to exfoliating 1-2 times a week when starting out. You should notice your skin become clearer, smoother and brighter pretty immediately. But try not to get excited and exfoliate too much. There is a such thing as over-exfoliation, which can lead to a host of other skincare problems that you want to avoid!

Happy Spring and exfoliation everyone!

May 2, 2017