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Thursday, April 15, 2010


One of the number one things you can do to instantly improve the look and feel of your skin is to exfoliate it!You don't need to go it everyday ,but at least 1 or 2 times a week.

The purpose of  Exfoliation is to remove the oldest dead skin cells that cling to the skin's outermost surface.When done correctly, exfoliation leaves the skin feeling smoother and fresher looking and even brighter!
Exfoliation also makes penetration easier for all the products you apply to your skin.Like if you are using an expensive moisturizer and your not exfoliating,then its not working as well as it could be if you got rid of the dead skin !
There are two types of exfoliation you need to know about.
1)Mechanical -dead skin cells are physically rubbed off with an abrasive like salt or sugar

2)Chemical-Enzymes, alphahydroxy acids (AHAs) or betahydroxy acids (BHAS) loosen the glue-like substance that holds the cells together, allowing them to slough away.They usually come in the form of a peel and there are many different strengths.

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. 

One more thing ,you can OVER exfoliate ,so if your getting dry and red you have done to much.

Here are some great ones for you to try-
Body shop has a huge variety of facial scrubs have a look at the site for more too

Seaweed Pore-Cleansing Facial Exfoliator -uses seaweed and jojoba beads to deep clean blocked pores .retails -$14.50

go 360 clean deep exfoliating scrub-exfoliates skin with natural apricot seed powder and saliclylic acid to reveal perfectly clean, smoother skin.retails about $7.00

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant: An exfoliant gentle enough for every day use. unique rice-based enzyme powder that micro-exfoliates dulling debris and instantly leaves the skin noticeably smoother + brighter. The powder formula activates upon contact with water, releasing papain, salicylic acid + rice actives to smooth the skin and accelerate cell renewal.Retails $50.00 at spas and online

Or you can also make your own at home using these recipes

Basic Baking Soda Scrub
Perfect for everyday use.
2 to 3 Tbsp. Baking soda
Small amount of water
Mix the ingredients into a paste.
Using a circular motion, apply to face and gently scrub.

Oatmeal Scrub
A stimulating, thoroughly cleansing 3-in-1 scrub!
Smooths, tones, and hydrates.
1 Tbsp. ground oatmeal (use steel cut oats, not instant)
1 tsp. lemon juice
2 tsp. yogurt
Combine and apply.

Honey Sugar Scrub
If you have ever used a body sugar scrub, you know how amazing they are. Work the same magic on your face!
1 tsp. of honey
1/2 tsp. of sugar (either cane or brown — both work well)
Blend in bowl. Apply.
Rinse very thoroughly, as this recipe can be slightly sticky.


1 comment:

  1. I love how much fresher my skin looks after exfoliating. I love the healthy glow. The homemade exfoliation recipes look easy to whip up with everyday ingredients.


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