Lines and wrinkles can be a thing of the past with exfoliation treatments.

“When we were younger our dead skin cells sloughed off left and right on its own daily,” said Kathe Malinowski, lead esthetician and marketing manager for Eterna MedSpa & Laser Vein Center. “But as we age, the sloughing process slows down.”

To aid in removing those dead skin cells, Eterna offers several products and exfoliation treatments. The latter includes both microdermabrasion and chemical peels.

With microdermabrasion, the exfoliation is done using a powerful electronic vacuum which sprays high-grade micro crystals across the surface of the skin through a pressurized wand in order to slough off the damaged layers. A soothing hydrating mask is applied after to help calm the skin.

As for chemical peels, there are several types available to exfoliate the skin.

“Glycolic and salicylic to name a few,” Malinowski said. “A consultation with your esthetician will determine which peel will be best for you.”

Eterna MedSpa also offers a more invasive form of exfoliation with the Microlaser Peel.

Through the cosmetic treatment, the laser ablades the top layers of the dead skin cells. During the healing process, new cells form, improving the skin’s overall appearance.

How often should you exfoliate?

“It depends on your skin,” Malinowski said. “If you are more sensitive you shouldn’t exfoliate too often. If you have a thick stratum corneum because you have lots of sun damage you can exfoliate more often.”

Eterna also carries a line of products for at-home exfoliations, including SkinMedica and Glytone, as well as Retin-A, which Malinowski calls “the best anti-ager out there.”

“It turns over your skin and helps to produce collagen in your skin,” she said.