Exfoliating your Skin
Give your skin a new and healthy glow with these exfoliating-made-easy tips In the beauty world, to exfoliate means to slough off old layers of skin to bring out a plumper, healthier layer with a more even skin tone. For your daily beauty regimen, the tried and tested cleanse-tone-moisturize works wonders for your face, and your regular bath gel and moisturizing lotion will keep your body looking great. However, a few times a week, take an extra fifteen minutes to scrub off dead skin cells. It softens the skin and makes it easier to absorb moisture.
The 2 Types of Exfoliants: The first type is the physical exfoliant. These come in the form of scrubs containing polyethylene beads, which literally physically polish your skin. The second type is active or chemical. These exfoliants are creams or lotions that contain retinoid, fruit acids and enzymes. Anything that says it contains Alpha-hydroxy acids or Beta-hydroxy acids are considered active or chemical. Avoid these if you have sensitive skin, as they are usually synthetic and not made with real fruits.
What to look for?
Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA’s): More often that not, the AHA’s found in skin care products are synthetic versions of their fruity counterparts. These AHA’s dissolve the “adhesive” that holds dead, flaking skin together so that new skin may emerge.
Beta-hydroxy acids (BHA’s): These acids work the same way as AHA’s in speeding up the sloughing off of dead skin cells. The best known BHA is Salicylic Acid.
Enzymes: Although enzymes are present in our skin, they work wonders in digesting dead skin cells when applied through a skincare product. They do not harm living cells, nor do they cause irritation.
What to look out for:
Retinoids: Retinoids are products with ingredients derive from Vitamin A rich sources. They are not exfoliants per se, but unlike AHA’s and BHA’s that affect the surface layer of your skin, retinoids affect the deeper layers. More often than not, this ingredient dries out the skin if used too much. To some extent, your skin may even become dry and flaky.
Why exfoliating is important:
Every few weeks, new skin cells push up from the lowest layer of the epidermis, or the top layer of your skin, to the surface. They then dry up and eventually fall off, leaving you with more radiant skin. Before it falls off, though, you are left with oily, flaky skin that looks dull. When you exfoliate once or twice a week, you are actually speeding up that process, so you are never without healthy, glowing skin!
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How to exfoliate:
Face: Please do this with care! Don’t use anything too abrasive, such as exfoliants that contain crushed nuts or apricot seeds. Don’t apply too much pressure when exfoliating. Instead, rub onto your face in a circular motion, using light hand pressure, then wash off with warm water. Don’t forget to moisturize! You’ll notice that even your makeup will go on smoother if you do this religiously. How often: Twice a week.
Body: Before stepping into the shower, use a loofah to scrub your body while dry, starting from the soles of your feet and going upwards in a circular motion. This will further loosen the dead surface skin. After wetting your body, apply an exfoliating cleanser or body scrub (salt or sugar based ones are good). Scrub thoroughly, using gentle, circular motions. If you find loofahs to be too abrasive, you can try using a face towel instead. Pat skin dry with a towel and moisturize while your skin is still slightly damp. How often: 2-3 times a week. (from glamourgirls)