Aside from proper cleansing and hydrating, the most effective way to improve the look and texture of your skin is to exfoliate. Many people underestimate the benefits and simply skip this step. But regular exfoliation can lessen outbreaks, fine lines, clogged pores, ingrown hairs and a dull complexion. It encourages new skin cell growth, and can either help unclog or reveal clogged pores. Exfoliating on a regular basis, once or twice per week goes a long way in having a natural healthy glow.
The skin is made of three layers. The visible layer is the epidermis, it is made up of primarily dead or dying skin cells. This is because skin cells are created in the deepest layer of your skin as the top layers flake off the newer cells are revealed. Exfoliation quickens the process of removing dead cells so the skin that is revealed is newer and appears fresh.
There are times that exfoliation should not be done. If you see the skin is already irritated, for example, by a rash, breakout, sunburn or allergic reaction. You should wait until the skin is healed before exfoliating, or if you choose, you can make sure the affected areas are completely avoided. Exfoliating irritated skin can cause injury or make the underlying condition worse. Only exfoliate healthy uninjured skin.
You can exfoliate using over the counter scrub products or even home-made scrubs. Effective, safe and low cost exfoliation products can be made at home, using items that you probably already have hand, at the left are two quick and easy recipes.
All areas of your body can and should be exfoliated, however, be gentle. Limit exfoliation to about once or twice per week. Take a break as soon as you feel any type of irritation.
Here is a quick and inexpensive at-home scrub you can make:
Baking Soda Scrub – for use on face, neck, chest and hands
1 Tablespoon Olive or Jojoba Oil
2 Tablespoons Baking Soda
A few drops of Water
Mix Oil and Baking Soda into a paste. Add a few drops of water as needed to form a loose, moist paste. Apply to skin and scrub gently in a circular motion (avoid eye area). Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry.
If you prefer to use an over-the-counter product, read the label to make sure it was designed to be used on the face. Some products made for use on the body or feet are much too strong and abrasive for the face. If your skin is extremely sensitive, you may want to avoid scrubs and consider using chemicals for exfoliation.
Chemical exfoliation can be done at home using store bought products. Over the counter products contain an acid of some sort, check the label and look for the words alpha-hydroxy acids, beta-hydroxy acids, glycolic acid or salicylic acid. These ingredients will exfoliate your skin.
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