Exfoliating – The Good, The Bad, and The Beautiful
We have all exfoliated once or twice in our lives, some not enough while others maybe even enjoy doing it too much. While there are many greats positive sides to exfoliating, there are just a few bad ones to be aware of along the way. Plus, exfoliating regularly will lead to a much more beautiful YOU.
One of the best things that exfoliating ensures to support our skin is the diminishing of acne and in turn, breakouts. Exfoliating cleans out your pores, which unclogs them of the nasty stuff they get filled up with, and stops excess Sebum (face oil) from being created. By applying cold water or a cold towel to your face after warm exfoliation, you will actually close your pores a bit, which can reduce the size of future acne that is unpreventable.
Another great benefit of exfoliating is getting rid of a few layers of dry or flaky skin. If you notice your skin getting dry each day and needing to constantly put a layer of lotion on, it may be time for an exfoliation. This will scrub away the dead skin layers and allow the lotion you are applying to penetrate much deeper. In addition, if you read yesterday’s Jojoba Oil post, you will know that having some of this in your daily routine will prevent dry skin and aid in repair.
A third benefit of exfoliating is increasing your blood circulation. What that means is less toxins and more skin cells AKA less bad and more good! It isn’t often you rub rough materials onto your skin, so when it does happen, your skin really enjoys the difference immediately afterwards, which leads to the last benefit.
Lastly, your skin will feel SOOO silky smooth after, you might become addicted! No really, it is so amazing, as I’m sure many of you already know. Don’t get addicted, overdoing it can lead to too much skin loss, and more damage than advantage. You can tear away at layers of skin that haven’t fully developed, which can lead to severe sunburns and much less protection from cancer and other diseases.
One quick thing to add, you can use so many different things to exfoliate. Try them each out and pick the one that works best for you. I use larger things like Sea Salt for my hands, and softer scrubs like Sugar for my face. Its up to you though, have fun with it!
For those of you wanting an at home & natural recipe l, here is a recipe I use, and it is truly wonderous!
Easy Home Exfoliating Recipe
½ Cup Sugar
¼ Cup Oil (Your choice: Coconut, Olive, Almond, etc.) (I use a combination, but mostly Coconut)
1 Tbsp. Jojoba Oil (Optional)
1 Tbsp. Vitamin E Oil (Optional)
Essential Oil – Lavender, Citrus, Etc. (Add as much as you’d like, but start with 4 drops, stir and smell).
Mix it all together, wet your face and hands with warm water, put a tsp or so in your hands, rub around and then rub face gently for 20-30 seconds. Rinse with cold water and pat dry. Yay to silky smooth skin!