EXFOLIATION THE NATURAL WAY

EXFOLIATION THE NATURAL WAY

 

The simple definition of Exfoliation is “the process of removing dead skin cells from the surface of your skin using a granular substance, an exfoliation tool or a chemical agent”.

Exfoliation is an important habit to adopt and to keep in your skin maintenance and hygiene routine. This cleansing method actively eliminates dead cells that accumulate on the surface of your skin, penetrate and block the pores, and prevent the natural elimination of toxins.

Pores obstruction may then lead to skin infection and inflammations, small pimples and even ingrown hairs depending on the area.

By scrubbing or exfoliating your skin, you

  • activate blood circulation and unclog the pores.
  • promote the skin re-oxygenation and the
  • facilitate the evacuation of sebum
  • facilitate the penetration and absorption of moisturizers
  • accelerate cell renewal
  • slow down cellular ageing and the appearance of wrinkles

 

HOW TO EXFOLIATE?

 

The simple definition of Exfoliation is “the process of removing dead skin cells from the surface of your skin using a granular substance, an exfoliation tool or a chemical agent”.

Exfoliation is an important habit to adopt and to keep in your skin maintenance and hygiene routine. This cleansing method actively eliminates dead cells that accumulate on the surface of your skin, penetrate and block the pores, and prevent the natural elimination of toxins.

Pores obstruction may then lead to skin infection and inflammations, small pimples and even ingrown hairs depending on the area.

By scrubbing or exfoliating your skin, you

  • activate blood circulation and unclog the pores.
  • promote the skin re-oxygenation and the
  • facilitate the evacuation of sebum
  • facilitate the penetration and absorption of moisturizers
  • accelerate cell renewal
  • slow down cellular aging and the appearance of wrinkles

 

HOW TO EXFOLIATE?

Two rules:  be gentle AND moisturize.

Exfoliations that are too aggressive or too frequent, will damage the integrity of the skin barrier. Micro lesions or abrasions will leave your skin more fragile and sensitive to external aggressions. So be gentle and always follow your exfoliation session by thorough moisturization to nourish and protect your skin. One never goes without the other!

 

Both your face and your body will greatly benefit from exfoliation. However, your face’s skin is much more delicate and sensitive than your body skin. Choose and adapt your movements and products according to the areas you are pampering.

WHAT EXFOLIATOR FOR MY FACE?

When it comes to facial exfoliation, your skin type will dictate not only the choice of exfoliant to use but also how often.

For normal to oily skin: exfoliate on a weekly basis with fine powdery grain exfoliating agents such as Rhassoul clay or Green clay. Combine a few drops of hydrosol with the clay into a paste, for example. Apply and exfoliate gently, by massaging your face, using a circular and upward motion with your fingertips.

For dry skin, exfoliate once or twice a week, with fine grain exfoliating agents, such as bicarbonate of soda or apricot kernel powder. Combine a Tablespoon of carrier oil with a teaspoon of Bicarbonate of soda in the palm of your hand. Apply and exfoliate gently, by massaging your face using a circular and upward motion with your fingertips.

DO NOT EXFOLIATE IRRITATED, BROKEN AND SENSITIZED SKINS

 

WHAT SCRUB FOR MY BODY?

 

A weekly body scrub is a great pampering routine. According to your taste, you may choose a coarser or more grainy exfoliating agent, such as castor sugar, sea salt, ground coffee and applying them in a circular motion with the help exfoliating gloves, loofahs and scrubbing sponges.

Mix a tablespoon of carrier oil, soap, or shower gel base and a teaspoon of the scrubbing agent of your choice in the palm of your hand. Apply on a wet body and exfoliate gently, by massaging your body in a circular motion, using your hands, gloves or loofahs.

 

WHAT ABOUT CALLUSES, CORNS AND HARDENED SKINS?

Some parts of our bodies are more solicited and respond to the daily stresses that they experience, by building thicker layers of skin, as a protection. Our heels, knees and sometimes elbows present usually hardened skins. Give those areas, more attention, like a gentle scrub each time you shower. Or a daily relaxing foot bath, then scrub before moisturizing, until softer. You can use exfoliating agents and accessories such as gloves or exfoliating sponges. Pumice stones and foot filers are more suitable to use on heels.

 

YOU CAN USE EVERY DAY NATURAL EXFOLIATING INGREDIENTS

Plant powders, seeds or fruit seeds, clays or natural ingredients that you regularly use at home like salt, sugar, baking soda… are all 100% pure and natural ingredients, perfect to make your own scrubs preparations for your face, body or both.

Depending on their granulometry, some will be softer and best used for face exfoliations (like white kaolin clay) while others, such as nut-shell powder or sugar, with coarser particles will be best suited for a powerful body scrub