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 …
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…
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 !