Exfoliating Methods

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Exfoliating ~ Detoxification

Go for the "glow"...naturally!

The average human generates a new layer of skin every two to four weeks.

But that glowing, radiant, new skin is often covered up by dull dead skin.

Roughing off dead epidermis cells can make your skin appear firmer and smoother.

This not only gives your skin a healthy glow, it also allows skin care products such as moisturizers and self-tanners to work directly on live skin cells.

The following techniques and products can help you "go for the glow".

Methods

Mechanical exfoliators contain tiny pieces of grit that, when rubbed on your skin, dislodge and remove the dead skin cells.

The most common grit comes from crushed walnut shells, apricot pits or loofahs.

If you use a mechanical device, look for the finest grain of shell, be gentle and don't over do it.

If you have sensitive skin, look for products with micro-fine scrubbers, use a face cloth or try a chemical method.

Chemical methods perform the same task as mechanical by using mild acids in place of grit.

These products contain acids such as alpha-hydroxy, beta-hydroxy, or salicylic.

Most of these compounds are commonly found in apples or milk, so you might see phrases such as fruit or lactic acids.

How to Exfoliate Your Body

Before getting into the shower, brush your dry skin with a loofah or a body brush.

Start at the soles of your feet and work your way up.

Then get into the bath or shower and wet your entire body.

Apply a mildly abrasive cleanser to your loofah or washcloth.

Use cleansers that contain oatmeal, ground almonds or even sea salt.

Scrub your body, using gentle, circular motions.

For rough spots, such as the heels, use pumice.

Your Face?

First, moisten your face with water.

Using a loofah or a synthetic scrubbing sponge designed for the face, apply a scrubbing cleanser to your face using a gentle, circular motion.

Avoid scrubbing under the eyes though, because the skin there is thin and easily damaged by abrasive cleansers.

Rinse thoroughly with luke warm water.

Afterwards

Regular efforts can dry your skin so use body moisturizers at least every day.

Apply a moisturizing lotion containing alpha or beta hydroxy acid after you exfoliate.

This will help to continue the process by further abrading and removing dead skin cells.

Your skin may tingle after using alpha or beta hydroxy acids.

This is normal and should go away after about 15 minutes.

If it doesn't though, don't use it again.

Use products designed for the body from the shoulders down and products designed for the face, from the shoulders up and your glow will be in sight...naturally.

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