Why I Love a Good Exfoliation
If you don’t exfoliate, even if you are cleansing, moisturizing and using sunscreen, your skin might not be as healthy as it could be. If you don’t exfoliate, you might still have frumpy looking skin.
Once a week, I’ll do an exfoliating mask to remove all those yucky, dead skin cells. I usually use this mask I sell on my Younique website (you can check it out at http://mylinerbepoppin.com) for my face, but don’t worry if you don’t want to spend that much – I’ll show you a couple of my other favorites and I’ll even include an awesome DIY scrub recipe here that you can make yourself.
Do you ever wonder why it’s so important to exfoliate?
Let me tell you, do a quick search of images on the internet to see a magnified view of skin cells. You’ll see that skin is actually made up of several layers.
Our bodies are always making a new outer layer that we shed. That outer layer is no longer being nourished by your body so ends up laying on the surface, drying up and clogging the layers underneath. When old dried up skin cells start to pile up on the surface of the skin, they leave it looking dull, rough, and dry. They look flakey and white, and no amount of lotion will bring these dead surface cells back to life.
Don’t waste your lotion on dead skin cells!
Exfoliating gets these flaky dead cells off the healthy cells underneath.
There are basically two ways to exfoliate. The inexpensive way is mechanically by scrubbing them off with an abrasive substance or brushing them off. The other way is by chemically removing them with special acids that dissolve them and you usually have to do this at a Spa. Today, we’re going to focus on scrubs but I promise to share about the other ways in the near future.
Whether you buy scrubs or make your own, it is very important to avoid using products where the scrub particles have sharp, jagged edges that can scratch and damage your skin. That’s why, as much as I love apricots, using the ground kernel in my scrub is a no no. Same with almonds, ground coconut shell and most husks. Also, you shouldn’t use scrubs more than once a week to prevent irritation.
Exfoliating should be a process you treat yourself once a week.
Another tip about scrubs is you have to be careful what kind of oil is used for the base oil. Some oils clog pores rather than provide nourishment. Think about it. You don’t want to put a layer of pore clogging oil right on top of the pile-up of dead skin cells – they’d all end up glued together like paper mache!
It’s better to apply a good lotion or moisturizer after exfoliating than a thick oil during.
Finally, a good scrub works with the natural emollients in your skin rather than stripping them off. Here is where a wide choice of natural, healthy ingredients provide different benefits and you’ll want to choose one according to your skin type.
Oatmeal is my favorite. It’s a fantastic ingredient and does many good things for your skin. It nourishes, refreshes, stops itching, moisturizes, rejuvenates, eases the pain of sunburn, Ground oatmeal, known as colloidal oatmeal, is commonly used in the management of many different skin ailments and conditions. When it’s ground up finely, it mixes with water more easily and makes its great properties more bio-available to the skin. Here are two articles in case you suffer skin ailments and are interested in more information. https://www.dermatocare.com/blog/10-benefits-of-using-oats-for-skin–know-from-a-dermatologist and https://www.dermnetnz.org/topics/oatmeal
Baking soda in small, infrequent doses is another great ingredient as is Sea Salt, Raw Sugar, Charcoal, some clays, Citrus, Papaya, Whole Milk, Cooked Rice & Honey. As you read the labels, you’ll see that each has different properties and does different things to your skin.
No matter what you use on your skin, it’s important for the overall health of your skin that the ph should remain slightly acidic. Frequent use strips the skin’s protective oil barrier, altering the pH, which disrupts the ability for the natural bacteria on the surface of your skin to prevent infection leaving you prone to breakouts.
So whether you make your own or buy a wonderful exfoliating product, don’t overdo it. It won’t work faster or better. Use it as directed. Then, afterward, moisturize your beautiful clean skin with something good and fragrant.
Here are a couple great products I highly recommend:
Lasstokki has a great exfoliating mask for your face and stands behind it with a full refund money back guarantee. My favorite is their 2 pack combo. It comes with a deep cleaning black clay mask that acts like a magnet on stubborn blackheads. It’s paired with a brightening mask that has fruit acids to leave your skin feeling silky and moist.
Now, here is a nice Body Scrub to use on your arms, shoulders, back and legs, and will leave your skin feeling amazingly soft, silky and smooth. This product features all organic ingredients and essential oils.It also has a no questions asked money back guarantee.
If you’d rather try making your own, here is a great DIY recipe for you to make and use. Have fun with this!
Homemade DIY Chamomile Facial Scrub
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1 TBSP chamomile flowers
- 1 TBSP baking soda
- 2 TBSP sugar
- 5-8 drops essential oil
Place the dry ingredients
in a small bowl and mix together until thoroughly mixed. Then, run them through a coffee grinder and pulse until the oats resemble a coarse powder.
Dump back into your bowl and drop in an essential oil like lavender or rose oil.
Store the face scrub in a pretty glass jar or canning jar. To use, combine 2 teaspoons of the scrub with 2-3 tsp water or chamomile tea.
Gently scrub your face with the paste on your finger tips or pat on and use as a mask, scrubbing after a few minutes to remove. Rinse your face and moisturize. Tah-dah!! and there you have a fresh, exfoliated face!
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