Should I exfoliate my dry and flaky skin?

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

My skin is flaky and dry. Exfoliators damage it more and creams are just too oily. I can’t seem to find anything to balance it and I keep getting blackheads no matter how much I cleanse, tone and moisturise. What should I do?

Exfoliating dry skin

What I suggest you do, is find a beauty clinic close by and have a deep cleansing facial. Firstly, it will aid in opening the pores thanks to the comfortable heat blowing on your skin from the steamer which, in turn, assists with the blackheads to be extracted from the skin without any superficial damage done on the skin. Secondly, steaming of the skin is very good with stimulating moisture in the skin – that will help with your dry and flakiness. The therapist tending to you skin during the facial will be able to recommend a good and reasonable facial range that will suit your skin conditions and help improve you concerns. Try and have a deep cleansing facial at least once a month.

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Dr Maureen Allem is a GP with a special interest in Aesthetic procedures and Integrative Anti-Ageing Medicine. She is also the founder and Medical Director of national group Skin, Body and Health Renewal and Oasis Spas, with 17 centres and four Oasis spas across South Africa's major cities in Johannesburg, Pretoria, the Western Cape and KZN. Anti-ageing treatments include non-surgical, anti-aging procedures, cellulite and weight loss programmes as well as body sculpting procedures. The ultimate aim of all consultations is to provide optimal health and to restore aesthetic beauty. Health Renewal appointments involves an hour long extensive medical consultation which includes hormonal balancing, nutraceutical supplements, intravenous support and detoxification treatments. Dr Maureen has seventeen Doctors working with her using the same techniques she has spent years honing. Dr Maureen frequently travels overseas to World Anti-Ageing Congresses and Laser Forums to stay abreast of the most up-to-date non-surgical procedures.

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  1. Sunuri Subramoney

    This routine really works for me when my skin is dry

    6 years ago •

  1. NaturalDiva

    Does adding essential oils or tea bags to the hot water used to steam one’s face make a difference?

    6 years ago •

  1. Ruweida

    I never had my face steamed before, would love to give it a try.

    6 years ago •

  1. CherylGD

    Good advice; I missed my monthly facial last month and by the time I had it done yesterday, I could see and feel how congested my skin had become over the 8 week period. My salon specializes in Guinot facials and the legendary Guinot Hydrodermie facial is a treat everyone should have from time to time. My skin is literally glowing today.

    6 years ago •

  1. Des

    Exfoliation is a good idea for anyone with dry skin as it reveals bright and renewed skin cells.

    6 years ago •

  1. Adele

    I normally steam my face at home and it really does work.

    6 years ago •

  1. Jenna-Lee Pretorius

    I had my first steaming experience, and I must say that it really worked. My skin has never felt so soft and clear. I would recommend this to everyone. It really works

    6 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    I was always wandering about that one. Good advice.

    6 years ago •

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