Exfoliating your skin is an easy and important step in keeping your skin healthy every season.
Why is Exfoliating Important?
Regular exfoliation helps create a radiant, smooth complexion. While our skin naturally sheds dead skin cells, the process can slow down as we age or even if we are sick. Dead cells will build up and cause skin imperfections if we do not assist in the exfoliation process. When dead cells accumulate, dullness and uneven skin are a common result.
The solution for this is to regularly exfoliate. Your skin will absorb products better, look smoother, and appear brightness and glow.
Benefits of Exfoliating
- Smoother, softer skin
- Increase in circulation
- Fewer ingrown hairs (great for showing off skin!)
- Balanced, brightened skin tone
Important Facts to Remember While Exfoliating
- Always be gentle! Just because you use a scrub, doesn’t mean you need to scrub.
- Any kind of exfoliation thins your skin, so be sure to moisturize and protect your skin.
- The face, neck, and chest require gentler exfoliation than other areas of the body.
- Wash your hands! You do not want to touch fresh skin with oil, dirt-ridden hands.
We Can’t Forget to Mention Exfoliating Brushes!
Brushes can be an excellent tool to use when you are exfoliating. They aid in the process and depending on the material they are made of or how they are made, can have additional benefits.
Intelligent-SkinSense offers a new silicone sonic massage brush, Tri-Dermislide™.
It is a tri-functioning tool that massages your skin, while awakening your circulatory system, relieving puffy skin, and exfoliating dead skin cells.
The skin surrounding the eye area is very delicate. The Tri-Dermislide's half moon shaped tip is designed to softly and accurately massage the eye area. The half moon tip is also ideal to work the smaller grooves of the face: around the mouth, the brow furrows, along the nose area, and the sides of the nostrils. For the larger areas of the face, and on the neck area, use the smaller prongs that are directly under the half moon tip.
It is so multi-faceted that skin puffiness is reduced on the face, under the eyes, and the dimpled skin on the body. The vibrating-massage function relaxes muscle tension, expedites the removal of skin toxins, and exfoliates dead skin cells.
Tri-Dermislide™ is available for $68.00 @ www.shop.intelligentskinsense.com
Ingredients in Exfoliators
Alpha Hydroxy Acids are nontoxic, naturally occurring substances occurring substances found in a variety of fruits; such as grape wine, sour milk, apples, and sugar cane. The most common Alpha Hydroxy Acids are Lactic acid and Glycolic acid. There are also Citric, Malic, and Tartaric.
The main benefit of an alpha hydroxy acid is its ability to exfoliate the skin. They essentially remove the “glue” from the upper layer of skin that holds onto the old, dead skin cells. This leaves skin smoother and healthier. They also increase the rate of skin cell production and shedding. Alpha Hydroxy Acids also stimulate the growth of elastin and collagen. Prolonged use improves dry skin, age spots, oily acne prone skin, and decreases fine lines and wrinkles.
The most popular and commonly used exfoliating enzymes are naturally derived from pineapple, papaya and pumpkin. The enzymes in these foods are so readily available that you could mix an exfoliating mask in your kitchen from mashed fruit.
Enzyme exfoliants are known for their ability to gently break down the bonds holding dead cells onto skin, accelerating the skin’s natural exfoliation process. As a bonus, enzymes also strengthen healthy skin with natural antioxidant vitamins as they exfoliate. Pumpkin protease, for example, contains vitamin A, while pineapple bromelain contains vitamin C. An advantage to using an exfoliant that doesn’t scrub or rely on acids to peel is less chance for irritation; meaning enzyme exfoliants may be a great way for people for sensitive skin and can’t apply AHA’s to exfoliate.
You have products in your personal bathroom and kitchen that can be used to exfoliate. Here are some easy recipes that you could try today.
Coffee, Sugar, and Lavender
This scrub exfoliates, stimulates, and calms the skin. Plus the scent helps relax you. Grab 2 tablespoons of coffee grounds, 2 tablespoons of sugar, and 5 drops of lavender essential oil. Mix this up and gentle massage on body. This scrub is great for legs!
Honey and Oatmeal
A honey and oatmeal exfoliator sounds good enough to eat and works great on skin. It is also safe enough to use on your face. Mix a 1/4 cup of oatmeal, a 1/4 cup water, and 2 teaspoons of honey. (For a better texture, run oatmeal through a grinder or blender before mixed)
Baking Soda and Cleanser
This may be the easiest of all ways to exfoliate AND the safest for your face. Just by adding a little baking soda to your cleanser, you create a paste that can be used with your hands or a brush.
Here is a video from Intelligent-SkinSense creator about finding the perfect cleanser:
Signs that You May be Over-Exfoliating
When you exfoliate away the skin’s protective layer, you end up with dehydrated and inflamed skin. Signs that you are over-exfoliating:
- Excessive dryness
- Flaking/Peeling skin
When these issues occur, decrease frequency and possibly the strength of the exfoliator you are using.
If you are worried that you may be damaging your skin or if you are unsure of how to proper exfoliate, perhaps you would be more comfortable seeking out a professional. There are estheticians all over that are willing to help you prepare for summer and keep your skin looking good.
You Don’t’ Need to Get Your Hands Dirty
Professional Service: Microdermabrasion
This professional service is the fast and effective method for deep skin exfoliation. Microdermabrasion is beneficial on recent scars, acne marking, hyperpigmentation, and age spots. The method combines a vacuum suction with a fine diamond tip attachment to remove superficial layers of dead skin cells. A soothing post treatment serum and a specialized masque calms the skin to reduce redness so that this treatment can be done on a lunch break.
Don't forget to treat your inside as well as your outside! Here is a recipe for a tasty juice that can also help cleanse!