Wednesday, December 4, 2013

How to Exfoliate: Fast Track to Smooth, Youthful Skin

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If you look in the mirror and see a rough, dull complexion, it's time to learn how to exfoliate. Just like any other part of our body, or for that matter any living tissue, our skin renews itself frequently. Old cells grow old, die, fall or slough off and are replaced by new, healthy cells. Unhealthy, problem skin with clogged pores along with age can slow down the replacing of dead cells with new healthy ones. You can help the process with a quick, at home gentle exfoliating scrub.

Types of Exfoliants
There are a few ways you can exfoliate away dead cells:

  • Mechanical exfoliants sand off dead skin cells.  Some products use harsh abrasive substances, while others gently loosen old skin cells.  A gentle facial scrub is your best choice from this type of exfoliant.
  • Chemical skin exfoliants use acids to dissolve dead cells.  Alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) is one of these types of chemicals.  It can be derived from fruits or milk.  
  • Beta hydroxy acids (BHA) are also known as salicylic acid and are often recommended for aging or acne skin.  This type can be very irritating, specially to sensitive skin types.
In concentrated forms, the AHA and BHA chemicals can be harsh and irritating to sensitive skin.

How Often to Use Exfoliants
How often to use an exfoliating scrub depends on your skin type.  If you have acne prone skin, you can use a gentle exfoliating scrub up to four times a week.  Dry skin should only exfoliate once or twice a week, or even once a month.

How to Use an Exfoliating Scrub
If you need to exfoliate frequently due to your skin type, you could leave the scrub in your shower.  Using an upward, circular motions, gently massage the scrub into your skin.  Don't over-scrub, but let the exfoliating particles do their job.

You don't need to wash or cleanse before using a scrub.  Wash off exfoliant with warm water, then pat your face dry with a soft towel. It's essential to hydrate your face with a moisturizer for sensitive skin.

No matter what your skin condition, a gentle exfoliating scrub can leave your skin soft and youthful.  You can also complete your home spa routine with a facial mask with kaolin clay and dead sea mud to add vital nutrients to your skin.


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