WHY YOU NEED TO EXFOLIATE YOUR SKIN

Dead skin builds up on your face and leaves you looking drab, dull and feeling old. Did you know you have all the ingredients in your kitchen to develop a natural way to exfoliate or remove those layers of dead skin and promote a bright, soft and shiny complexion? Who knew that is so easily to give yourself a pick me up from everyday ingredients from your kitchen. You don’t need expensive exfoliators to get the same results for a brighter appearance.

According to the American Academy of Dermatologist News 16 March 2015 “Evaluate before you exfoliate”, dermatologist expert, Mary P. Lupo, MD, FAAD clinical professor of dermatology, Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans state “results are immediate after an exfoliation treatment, as the removal of dead cells leaves the skin looking brighter. Exfoliation also can improve the effectiveness of topical skin treatments, which can penetrate deeper once the topmost layer of skin is removed. Long-term benefits of exfoliation can include increased collagen production, resulting in younger-looking skin”.

Individuals with the following conditions may not be a candidate for routine exfoliating and need to check with a board-certified dermatologist first: inflammatory acne, cystic acne and pustules, herpes simplex, Molluscum contagiosum that would be worsened or might have blisters that could open and become infected. In addition, chemical or mechanical treatments that exfoliate the skin could be too aggressive and aggravate skin conditions. Therefore, consult with a dermatologist first if you suffer from a specific skin condition.

Exfoliating your skin from the kitchen sink. Right in your kitchen you have natural ingredients which are free of chemicals, fragrances and processed compounds that really have no business being put on your skin, the largest living organ of your body. Here are two of my favorite simple homemade recipes for exfoliating your skin from your kitchen sink.

Sugar – Lavender Exfoliating Recipe

  • 1 tsp organic cane sugar (or granulated sugar)
  • 2 drops of water
  • 2 drops lavender essential oil (can substitute for your favorite essential oil)

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Using the tips of your fingers, gently rub scrub into clean face. Remove by rinsing with cool water, and pat dry with a clean towel. Avoid the eyes.

Sugar – Coconut Exfoliating Recipe

  • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar

Directions:

Combine coconut oil and sugar in a small bowl, and stir.  Rub sugar face scrub into clean facial or neck skin, using gentle circular motions, for 60 seconds.  Rinse dry with warm water and pat dry skin. Avoid the eyes.

There are many other ingredients in your pantry that can be used for exfoliating the skin, such as, oatmeal, honey, olive oil, brown sugar, vanilla extract and more. Exfoliating once per week is a common recommendation among estheticians but check with your doctor for specific recommendation that apply to your skin type. Now go and exfoliate – things are looking up!

References

https://www.aad.org/media/news-releases/evaluate-before-you-exfoliate

 

 

 

 

 

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