What is Exfoliation?

Exfoliating is skin treatment where the upper layers of dead skin cells are sloughed off by a loofah sponge, sea salt, brush, or by other means. You can exfoliate any area of skin. When exfoliating your face, use products that are designed for your face.

Why Exfoliate?

Exfoliation helps to speed up the process of skin flaking and shedding, by taking off the uppermost, dead layer of cells to expose the finer, more translucent tissue underneath.
The average human generates a new layer of skin every two to four weeks. At the end of the cycle, the old, dead cells on the surface are shed. You can improve your complexion tremendously by exfoliating and sloughing off the old, dead skin cells. If the old, dead skin cells are not removed, they can clog the sebaceous pores, leading to superficial spots or blackheads.

Types of Exfoliators

There are two main types of exfoliators: mechanical and chemical.
Mechanical exfoliators contain minuscule pieces of grit that, when rubbed on your skin, dislodge the dead skin cells. The most common grit comes from walnut shells and apricot pits.
Chemical exfoliators do the same task as their mechanical siblings but by using mild acids in place of shrapnel. Exfoliating products usually contain alpha-hydroxy acids, beta-hydroxy acids, or salicylic acids.

How to Exfoliate

Wet the area of skin you want to exfoliate. Use a synthetic scrubbing sponge, exfoliating gloves or a body loofah. Apply an exfoliating cleanser to your skin or sprinkle it onto your sponge. Making circular motions, scrub the exfoliating cleanser over your skin using your sponge or loofah. Be gentle over sensitive parts of the body, like delicate neck and thigh tissue. Rinse skin thoroughly. Follow up with a good moisturizer.

When exfoliating the face, use products specifically designed for the face. Products designed for your body may be too abrasive and irritating for your face. Your skin may tingle after using alpha or beta hydroxy acids. The tingling should stop within 15 minutes. If you exfoliate regularly, keep moisturizer on your face at all times. Exfoliating causes the skin to dry out, and dry skin is an invitation for skin to wrinkle.

Exfoliation - Removing Dead Skin Cells

The average human generates a total new layer of skin every two to four weeks. At the end of this cycle the old dead cells need to be shed. If they are not removed it can lead to pores being clogged and the creation of pimples and blackheads

Exfoliation can make your skin look radiant and feel silky and smooth. It also stimulates skin cell renewal.

If we exfoliate on a regular basis we can look forward to a vibrant and healthier complexion.
Exfoliation should not be limited to just the facial area. All parts of the body other than the sensitive areas can benefit from exfoliation.

Find out how to exfoliate your skin with these tips and hints

When exfoliating your face you must only use products suitable for facial skin. Products used on other parts of the body may be too harsh for your face.

Always follow up your exfoliation with toner and moisturizer.

Removing the old dead cells enables other products to be absorbed into your skin better.
If you have dry skin you can try exfoliation only once a week whereas oily skin can be exfoliated more frequently.

Mix 1 tablespoon of medium grain polenta with 1 tablespoon of sorbolene. Store in the fridge as this doesn't keep well - hence the small amounts of ingredients used. Polenta is a corn product and it is available from supermarkets and health food stores. Sorbolene is a cheap moisturizer that can be purchased for as little at $5 for a large bottle from pharmacies.

Make up a mixture of 1/3 cup olive oil and 3 teaspoons of salt. Shower as you would normally using warm water. Rub the oil/salt mixture all over your body whilst still standing in the shower. Rinse off with warm water. Please note: I feel salt is far too harsh to use on the face so use this scrub on the rest of the body excluding delicate areas.

Mix one teaspoon of bi-carbonate of soda (baking soda) with two teaspoons of your favourite cleanser until it forms a paste. Gently rub into your skin with circular motion. Rinse off. The bi-carb will polish your skin, making it visibly radiant.

For silky smooth hands pour 1 tablespoon of vinegar in the palm of one had. Into the vinegar tip a large teaspoon of sugar. Rub all parts of the hands with this mixture for 2 minutes. Rinse off and apply moisturizer. This works so well.

For a very gentle all-over exfoliation add a couple of teaspoons of sea salt to your bath water.

For facial area - Mix 1/4 teaspoon of salt with 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda in a saucer. Mix in a small amount of water and very gently rub your face with this mixture using a circular motion. Rinse face with warm water. If you have delicate skin you should swap the salt with caster sugar. Salt is very abrasive.

For rough elbows cut a lemon in half and gently squeeze out some of the juice to form a hollow in each half. Rest each elbow in the lemon halves for about 10 mins. The lemon juice acts as an exfoliator. Add a cup of powdered milk to your bathwater. It has lactic acid in it and that acts as a dead skin remover.

Body exfoliation

When the summer comes, every woman prepare yourself for the beach and summer parties remove the unwanted hair, buy special products, sunscreens, bronzers, protective face creams etc., but there is something that you shouldnt forget full body exfoliation. When exfoliating you remove the dead skin cells accumulated through the year. The clean epidermis is something necessary in order to achieve great and even complexion.Exfoliation is a technique aimed to improve the skins appearance by removing the dead skin cells from the surface of the skin.

Exfoliating your body twice a week is recommended in order to get rid of any dry skin, as it stimulates circulation and increases your skin’s absorption of any nourishing or moistrurizing ingredients. If you dont remove these cells your skin will look dull, older, rough and lusterless. Regularly exfoliating the skin will help you maintain the skin in its optimum condition and accelerates the skin renewal process.Exfoliating the whole body is also an effective and easy way to further eliminate the toxins in your body. A weekly full body exfoliation will stimulate the lymphatic system and encourage the release of toxins through skins pores. It is also especially effective on ageing skin as cell turnover slows and skin begins to retain less moisture.

For a body exfoliation you will need:
Exfoliating gloves - pat them dry and gently rub the exfoliator around your body. The gloves revitalize your body by massaging, stimulating blood circulation and cleansing the body.

Exfoliating sponge - it works the same way as the gloves, but are also appropriate for exfoliating the face. They not only cleanse and exfoliate your skin, but also gently massage your body.

Body brush - the brush is works perfectly when exfoliating the body. The bristle body brush is especially good for exfoliating the back.

Pumice stone - it removes the dead skin from the soles of the feet by gently abrasion.

Exfoliators - they eliminate the dead skin cells and purify the skin. The exfoliators contain small particles for very gentle and precise smoothing to even the skins texture. There is a wide range of exfoliating products, some of them containing granules, sea salts, fruit seeds. The exfoliating gels and creams eliminate easily the dead skin cells. It should be applied on wet skin and is appropriate for delicate and sensitive skins. Apply it as if it is body milk, but in larger amounts.

The exfoliators containing granules sometimes may irritate the skin. They should be applied on wet skin, following the instructions written on the pack. They are appropriate for those with normal or combination skin.

A full body exfoliation should be done not more than two times a week.

Step 1
In the shower, take small amount of the exfoliating product and gently rub it onto your already cleansed skin. Begin by exfoliating the feet and ankles up to the entire leg to the abdomen. Exfoliate your feet with a pumice stone and a little bit exfoliator. For the legs use the gloves, as they are less abrasive.

Step 2
Use the exfoliating gloves or the body brush. Apply exfoliating cleanser to the brush or to the gloves and gently scrub all over your body in circular motions. Exfoliate your back with a long-body brush and then your chest and abdomen but scrub more gently, because the skin on these areas is more delicate.Nobody likes cracked hands, thats why a hands exfoliation is essential. It will keep your hands looking great, soft and smooth.

Step 3
Rinse your body lavishly first with lukewarm water and then with cold water. Use a shower gel to soften your skin. Let your body dry and then apply a nourishing lotion or body moisturizer.

Over exfoliating can seriously damage your skin If your skin is sensitive or dry, use less abrasive products and avoid using products containing sea salts

Use exfoliator only on wet, clean skin

Exfoliation should be done with caution on dry or sensitive skin, in order to avoid irritation

Never use body exfoliating products for your face as they are too abrasive

Never exfoliate of your skin is sunburned or has open wounds

Always use products of high quality

Isabella ♥

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