Is your skin starting to lose that fresh, youthful look?
Is it beginning to look lackluster and dull? Does your skin look flaky and are you breaking out more? Is your skin starting to look old (gasp!)
If you have answered yes to any of the above questions, don’t despair. You can get your fresh, youthful look back again. How? By exfoliating!
What is exfoliation and why is it critical in helping your skin to be beautiful and healthy?
And, let’s answer the questions – “How do I exfoliate my skin, and why should I exfoliate my skin?”
What is Exfoliation?
Exfoliation is the process whereby old, dead cells from the skin is removed to reveal the younger, fresher skin underneath.
Why is Exfoliation Important?
Sloughing off these dead cells removes dirt that clogs pores, even skin tone, and help prevent acne and other skin eruptions.
As you age, your cell turnover rate slows down, so they slough off slowly, too. The result is dull, rough, older looking skin. Ever wonder why a child’s skin is so smooth, rosy and healthy? It’s because their skin cells turn over quickly, revealing fresh skin constantly. So as you get older, you need to “help” the process along. That’s where exfoliation comes in.
What Skin Conditions Does Exfoliation Help?
- Rough skin surface
- Clogged pores
- Blemished skin
- Dry skin
- Skin marks from acne
What are the Benefits of Exfoliation?
- Skin instantly appear smoother
- even-toned skin
- dryness is reduced
- reduction in clogged pores, breakouts and brown spots
- increased collagen production
- reduction in acne scars
- fine lines appear less noticeable
What Exfoliation Technique Will You Use?
You can either exfoliate with scrubs (oatmeal or other “grainy” products) or chemicals such as acids (alpha hydroxy acids, salicylic acids). You can even use an exfoliating tool such as a sponge, loofah, scrubbing gloves or a pumice stone. Be sure to use the proper tool on your face – a pumice stone is obviously too harsh, and should only be used on heels and elbows, for instance.
If you decide to use an acid, all you do is apply the exfoliant and leave it on the skin for a few minutes. It will dissolve the dry skin cells. These can include ingredients such as Glycolic Acid, Alpha Hydroxy Acid, and enzymes such as Papaya and pineapple.
If you choose a manual or “physical” exfoliant, be prepared to do the work. You are literally removing the dead cells with an abrasive, such as oatmeal, salt, sugar or coffee grounds. Be careful of certain ground seeds and kernels, they can scratch your skin. You can even find many soaps that allow you to both cleanse and exfoliate your skin at the same time. These soaps contain the abrasive to help remove the dead cells.
But, please respect exfoliation. Know what you are doing and do not get overzealous about using it because if you use it too much it can cause irritation and dryness.
Okay, let’s have some fun. Let’s create our own exfoliating facial scrub. It’s really easy! Your skin will look better instantly. All you have to remember is to pick a “grainy” item and a “wet” item in order to make a natural exfoliator for skin. Mix them together and you have a simple, safe, inexpensive exfoliator.
The first thing we must decide is what ingredients we’ll use. Below are some of the “grainy” ingredients you can incorporate in your own scrub. Use about a tablespoon.
- coffee grounds
- almonds (ground up)
- corn meal
- sea salt
- baking soda
Now, you’ll need to pick out a “wet” ingredient. Add this to the “grainy” ingredient a little at a time to create a paste. You can always use a little water if your mixture gets too thick.
- citrus juices (lime, lemon, etc.)
- apple juice
- olive oil
- dairy (milk, yogurt, sour cream)
- coconut oil
- cucumber (pureed)
- avocado (mashed)
- banana (mashed)
How about we use sugar from the “grainy” section and “lemon juice” from the “wet” section. Let’s call our facial scrub “Lovely Lemonade Facial”. Here’s what you do:
Cut the lemon in half and squeeze about a tablespoon, add about a tablespoon of sugar and apply to your clean face in circular motions. Continue to work the scrub onto the face until the sugar starts to dissolve. Once the sugar dissolves, rinse your face with plenty of cool water. Your skin may appear a bit red or pink right after this treatment. Not to worry – your skin will turn to its normal color soon. Your skin has been stimulated and you now have better blood circulation to your skin’s surface.
If you have open wounds, the lemon juice will sting, so be careful.
This scrub is excellent because the lemon juice contains lots of vitamin C. Lemons also tighten pores and evens out the skin tone, while the sugar removes dead skin cells and cleans pores effectively. Plus lemon juice is known to help with hyperpigmentation and skin discoloration.
Also, honey is excellent for any skin condition. You may use honey in any of your scrubs and exfoliators for an added boost of vitamins, minerals, and moisturization. It helps to soothe and calm the skin. Honey is excellent to use after an exfoliating treatment, too!
If you don’t have the time to make your own exfoliator, you can simply buy one. But, be careful. Make sure that your exfoliator does not contain harmful chemicals. You don’t want to feed your skin products that are loaded with inferior or chemicals that do more harm than good.
So, you now have the answer to the question – Why should I exfoliate my skin and how do I make my skin look younger? Why not try the Lovely Lemonade Facial Scrub today or even make up your own? Not only will you have fun, but your skin will look better day by day.
What is your favorite exfoliator?