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What is the Difference between the Facial resurfacer and the Polishing Exfoliator?

Facial Resurfacer

Water/Aqua, Juglans Regia (Walnut) Shell Powder, Silica (Volcanic Ash), Sodium Trideceth Sulfate, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Sodium Lauroamphoacetate. Cocamide Mea, Sodium Chloride, Peg-150 Distearate, Canarium Indicum (Nangai) Seed Oil, Corallina Officinalis (Blue Seaweed) Extract, Orchis Morio (Orchid) Flower Extract, Laminaria Digitata (Algae) Extract, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenol, Glucosamine HCL, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Urea (Synthetic), Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Citric Acid (Q.S.), Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum)*, Iron Oxides (CI 77499)

Polishing Exfoliator

Water (Aqua), Propylene Glycol, Kaolin, Silica (Volcanic Ash), Glyceryl Stearate SE, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Disodium Cocoamphodipionate, Canarium Indicum (Nangai Seed Oil), Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenol, Glucosamine HCL, Synthetic Urea, Allantoin, Corallina Officinalis (Blue Seaweed Extract), Orchis Morio (Orchid Flower Extract), Laminaria Digitata (Algae Extract), Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Xanthan Gum, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citric Acid (Q.S.), Benzoic Acid, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Titanium Dioxide (CI77891)

Overview of Exfoliation:

Exfoliation is an effective means to hasten skin turnover rates and increase moisturization acceptance levels. Many forms of tribological particles or chemical agents are employed in various products for this particular goal. Glycolic and lactic acids are often used as chemical exfoliants. The tribological exfoliants mostly found in current formulations of skincare are some sort of nutshell powder with abnormal morphologies that may be more effective than a sphere, although may cause adverse effects for some sensitive skin conditions. Vanuatu ash used in Senegence Products may have this same uneven morphology making it an effective skin sloughing charge. Synthetic polymer beads have been banned in most countries due to their detrimental environmental impacts through wastewater accumulation.

Differences in SeneGence options:

The Facial Resurfacer employs both walnut shell powder and Volcanic ash as its exfoliant, maximizing two different (expected) particle sizes for resurfacing of all areas of the squamous cell layer. The polishing exfoliator is a more gentle exfoliation option employing kaolin clay and volcanic ash as the main agents for surface change. The emollient and moisturizing factors used in these products set up the newly abraided skin surface for maximum adsorption of beneficial factors such as Sodium hyaluronate, Nangai Seed oil, Orchid flower extract, seaweed extract, and, of course, SenePlex with its multifaceted advantages.

How often to exfoliate?

It is recommended to limit exfoliation sessions to just 1-2 times per week or it may stimulate excessive oil production and induce infected pores and blemishes. Follow any exfoliation session with an effective moisturizer routine to maximize its benefits.

Additional Comments From the SeneGence Website:

The Science Behind the Product (Facial Resurfacer)
As we age, our skin cycle slows down and natural exfoliation doesnโ€™t occur as often as it does in youth. This effective facial buffer is just what you need to speed up cell turnover and reveal new skin.
This proprietary formula contains particles of natural Vanuatu Volcanic Ash excavated from a specific area of Mt. Yasur, the active volcano of Vanuatu. When analyzed, the ash particles were shown to contain over 70% titanium and 30% iron, magnesium, and calcium. This is a perfect combination for exfoliating skin without irritating it, making this product an ideal alternative to harsh microdermabrasion treatments.
This formula offers more powerful exfoliation than SeneDerm Solutions Polishing Exfoliator. Like Polishing Exfoliator, Facial Resurfacer also contains SenePlexยฎ Complex to speed cellular renewal and Nangai Oil to moisturize your skin.
Key Ingredients and Benefits
SeneDerm Solutions Facial Resurfacer is made of a combination of ingredients. Here are a few key components:
Volcanic Sand/Ash – used to buff and exfoliate dead layers of skin.
Nangai Oil โ€“ a natural oil derived from the Nangai nut that helps skin maintain moisture.
SenePlex Complex โ€“ a Kinetic enzyme that increases cellular renewal.
Corallina Officinalis (Blue Seaweed) Extract – helps prevent aging by hydrating, tightening, and toning the skin. Also provides sun protection.
Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract – a skin-conditioning agent used in cosmetics and beauty care products because of its ability to act in oxidative stress and improve skin conditions.
Juglans Regia (Walnut) Shell Powder โ€“ used to prevent or reduce inflammation, as an astringent, and as a cleansing substance.
Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil – a plant-derived emollient that mimics the lipid content of the skin. It helps stabilize and maintain the structure of the skin’s complex inter-cellular matrix, preventing moisture loss and cell damage and promoting skin’s soft, smooth, healthy appearance.
Sodium Lauroamphoacetate โ€“ used as a surfactant, cleansing agent, and foam booster.
Sodium Trideceth Sulfate โ€“ used as a mild cleansing agent.
Sodium Chloride – natural sea-salt used as a binding agent.
Magnesium Aluminum Silicate โ€“ a mineral beneficial to skin.
Orchis Morio (Orchid) Flower Extract โ€“ used as a preparation of emollient products. This powerful anti-oxidant provides free- radical protection and maximum moisturization. The orchid extract is very effective as a sunscreen.
Glucosamine HCL – enhances the body’s ability to manufacture collagen.
Tocopheryl (and Tocopheryl Acetate) – Vitamin E, essential for maintaining the activities of enzymes in the cells and for the formation of red blood cells. Vitamin E is an anti-oxidant and has been shown to inhibit skin cancer and aid in the healing of skin ailments. Vitamin E is a dynamic weapon against premature aging and combating wrinkles by neutralizing free radicals to stop the chain reaction of molecular damage and to protect the skin against oxidation. Itโ€™s also believed to protect skin from the sunโ€™s ultraviolet rays once absorbed into the skin.
Synthetic Urea- an organic compound topical antiseptic, a buffering agent, humectant, and skin conditioner.
Algae (Seaweed) Extract – hydrates, protects skin from the sun and softens the skin. It is essential in the penetration of the top layer of the stratum corneum and enhances the skinโ€™s ability to repair itself.
Sodium Hyaluronate โ€“ Sodium Hyaluronate has a smaller molecular size than Hyaluronic acid, causing it to easily penetrate the skin’s surface, and is able to retain a relatively large amount of water โ€” up to 1,000 its own weight. This means it can penetrate to lower layers of the skin, attract and retain water, and promote nutrient absorption.
Phenoxyethanol – an oily liquid used as a bactericide and topical antiseptic.
Panthenol – Vitamin B complex is essential for the formation of new healthy tissues.
Caprylyl Glycol โ€“ plant derived skin-conditioning agent used as a preservative.
Citric Acid – a preservative and sequestering ingredient (a preservative that prevents physical or chemical changes affecting color, flavor, texture or appearance of a product) to adjust alkali balance, and is also used as an astringent.
Ethylhexylglycerin – a natural preservative used as an alternative to parabens that is derived from glycerin and can also be used as a deodorizer and skin conditioner. It also serves as a surfactant and preserving enhancer and acts as a safe preservative. Ethylhexylglycerin is a synthetic compound derived from grains and plants and works by reducing interfacial tension on the cellular walls of micro-organisms, promoting their more rapid destruction and a wider spectrum activity.

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