Saturday, April 24, 2010
Don't Hate, EXFOLIATE!
As we age, the process of cell turnover slows down. Cells start to pile up unevenly on the skin's surface, giving it a dry, rough, dull appearance. Exfoliation is beneficial because it removes those cells that are clinging on, revealing the fresher, younger skin cells below. The exfoliation process unclogs pores, keeps skin clean and helps reduce acne breakouts. Also, by removing dead skin cells, the process of exfoliation prepares skin to drink in moisturizers via live cells and make up can be applied more smoothly.
Your entire body is covered with skin most of which can benefit from some assisted exfoliation. Some areas are more sensitive than others, so not all exfoliation methods are good for use on all areas of your body. Below are a few items that can be used for healthy, mechanical (by way of scrubbing dead skin away) exfoliation of your skin. *Please note, there are other chemical methods for exfoliating, however I prefer the more natural method and only have experience with these methods.
Prior to exfoliating, be sure to cleanse skin. Starting with clean skin remove dirt, oil and containments from the surface of the skin which will make exfoliation easier and will lessen the chance of dirt, or contaminants from being infused into the new skin cells you are trying to reveal.
Loofah sponges are useful, but can breed bacteria especially in humid weather and moist environments like the bathroom and kitchen. We recommend drying a loofah sponge completely between uses, and throwing it away after a few months of use. The wood-like surface is excellent for exfoliating the skin ~ helping to reveal healthy, glowing skin and stimulating better blood circulation.
Loofah is recommended for use on most skin areas. It is mild and can even be used on the face. Be careful when using on under eye areas, it can be a little irritating to that tender area.
Body scrubs are a combination of an exfoliant (sugar, salt or pumice, small seeds like poppy seeds or ground nut shells) and a moisturizing medium (glycerin, oil, butters, etc.). The benefit is that you are moisturizing new skin as soon as it is revealed. Also, body scrubs are easy to use while in the tub or shower (be careful, it may leave the tub or shower slippery) and can have an endless variety of additives with nice fragrances and/or aromatherapy properties.
Body scrubs are great for all over use, but pay attention to the label, some ingredients may be a bit irritating to skin and use caution on sensitive areas. I find that sugar scrubs tend to be less irritating than salt, but salt scrubs can be a great addition to a detoxifying treatment.
As an exfoliater, pumice is available in rock or bar form as well as in powder form. The powder is usually an additive in some form of cream scrub. Pumice is recommended for use on very rough dry areas such as the heels, only. It is very abrasive and could be irritating to more sensitive skin.
Exfoliation works wonders, using the above simple methods will reap benefits equivalent to many costly spa treatments which are marketed to reveal new, healthy skin. You will see results immediately, but remember to moisturize!
Your comments and question are welcome.
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