Caring for Your Skin by Exfoliation

When taking care of your skin there are three steps, cleansing, exfoliate, and then moisturize.  This article talks about exfoliate and why it is so good for your skin.

There are many ways to help you skin look and feel healthier. One of those ways is to exfoliate. Exfoliation will aide in the removal of dead skin cells and residue that is on the surface of your skin.

There are several ways that you can exfoliate; however, you need to make sure that you are careful in how you handle exfoliation as sometimes it can do more harm than good.

A dull complexion is often caused by dead skin cells, grime and residue that lie on the surface of the skin. Exfoliation can remove these and in turn give you healthier younger glowing looking skin.

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When you are exfoliating the skin on your face, you need to exercise extra caution that you do not use products that are harsh. If you have sensitive skin, keep an eye out for any reddening of the skin. If it appears, then you will need to stop immediately. Look for products that offer coca and luffa powders and or jojoba beads. They are less abrasive because they contain smaller, rounder exfoliating pieces. What you might use on your body will be too rough to be using on your face, so be sure that your exfoliation scrub is meant for face or body.

A face cloth is the most suitable to use because it will clean the skin on your face but it is gentle enough to not irritate or cause problems with most skin types. It is not recommended to use exfoliating brushes or loofahs on your face. These are more suitable for the skin on other areas of your body that can withstand harsher abrasions. Dry brushing is also used as a way to exfoliate your body.

There are also natural exfoliants that can be used and are very effective. While they don’t provide the instant effects of some of the chemical exfoliants or brushes, they do an equally good job over an extended period of time. One of the most popular ingredients in the natural products is papaya.  There are natural and exotic particles used in scrubs from plant seeds and shells as many companies are going for the greener ingredients in their product lines.

Body scrubs aid in sloughing dead cells and encouraging the growth of healthy, new skin.  By helping the body remove the dead cells by using a body scrub, it will naturally reproduce younger ones to reveal glowing, healthy beautiful skin.  There are sugar scrubs, salt scrubs as well as a mix of both in a oil base. It’s the oil base that offer skin-conditioning as well as cleansing.

Body scrubs are also used as a pretreatment for tanning or massage to help remove the dead, dry surface skin cells. If you are spending good money on tanning or using self tanners, by exfoliating you are helping your tan last longer. Just note that after tanning do not use a scrub of any kind, as you will just remove the tan faster.

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