Friday, July 23, 2010

Exfoliation is a must ....

The average human produce new skin cells every 4 weeks. At the end of that cycle the old cells are shed and if not removed thoroughly leads to break outs, acne, infection and overall lack luster skin. You can assit by removing the debris, grime and old cells and maintain cleaner, clearer skin by exfoliating. Exfoliation is the removal of the outer layer to reveal the newer skin beneath. It speeds up the 30 day skin shedding process/ renewal process and aides in blood circulation. This is a great step to add to your beauty regimen after the skin has been cleansed. Exfoliation is not limited to the facial area only as the entire body is covered in skin that could use a little buffing from time to time. The elbows, knees and heels are great areas that are often neglected and could benefit from this ancient softening ritual. It is noted that ancient Egyptians used this method in daily beautification regimen.

There are two popular ways to achieve exfoliation.
The most used is with an abrasive agent that create a scrubbing effect to break up old skin cells, encourage blood flow and reveal a pinker, brighter , smoother skin. Depending on what ingredients are in your product you may opt to do this 1-3 times per week.
The second method of exfoliating is with chemicals. This is usually based in some acidic solution such as salicylic acid, fruit enzymes and citric acids.
Many chemical exfoliators contain alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) or beta hydroxy acids (BHAs). This method is generally less abrasive and recommended for those with acne problems.

There are many products on the market that do the trick ….I will be reviewing a few that I have tried as the weeks go on…I must tell you though that my favorites come straight from my kitchen. And before I spend loads of money on a beauty product I’m going to seek an D.I.Y. alternative …

I am very comfortable dishing 6$ for a tub of St.Yves Apricot scrub. I have been using it since I was introduced to acne blackheads in the early 90’s and have been faithful ever since…This is my favorite of all on the market. I remember getting compliments after using it and feeling oh so pretty back in the day…lolololololol!

Now the Eco-friendly, D.I.Y chick in me must tell you that the best exfoliators are in your cupboards as you may already know…

I have recently been using lemon and sugar to do the trick . This is by far the tastiest exfoliation process I ever had…I couldn't help but licking my lips the entire time. It literally tasted like the best lemonade I ever drank…Well to me any ways…Keep in mind that process is messy but effective, fun, tasty and super CHEAP!!!

Try for yourself:

Cut off quarter of the lemon.
Use the exposed side to “sop up” brown sugar
Wet face and gently use the “lemon pad” to buff your face
Add more sugar as needed and gently squeeze lemon to get more juice onto the skin…

Do this for as long as u can stand it …10 minutes is ideal …
Rinse in cool water and moisturize with a dot of olive oil…Enjoy your fresh, clean, naturally scented skin!

Do this as often as you like ...
1-3 times a week is generally enough for smoothie sweet skin !
Enjoi !!!


  1. We all need to take at least 2 hours (or more) and just pamper ourselves with the ingredients from our kitchen. It's such a lovely feeling. I will definitely try out the lemon and brown sugar. Thanks!

  2. yes babeee. let me know how it taste/ feels...
    I gotta do it more is acting CRAZEEEEEE !

  3. Great post, I have to admit I don't exfoliate as much as I should but Im going to right now


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