Skin Exfoliation 101
As it’s the end of January and it’s cold and dry where I live, I find myself slathering on thick lotions all winter to keep my skin from getting dry and flaky. These flakes aren’t just due to the weather; all skin conditions are somewhat of a reflection of what’s going on inside your body too. That’s why staying hydrated, eating a balanced diet that includes healthy oils and fats, and exercising help skin to stay even, glowing, and break-out free. However, there is one thing we can do to promote skin texture, remove dead skin cells, and unclog pores. That’s right, we can do all that just by doing a little skin exfoliation once or twice a week.
Benefits of Exfoliation
As I just mentioned, benefits of exfoliation include removing dead skin cells, which speeds up the process of skin renewal. By taking out the dead cells, you make way for healthier skin cells to take their place. This helps improve skin texture, any kind of discoloration, and even lines and wrinkles. Another benefit is that exfoliating helps to minimize the size of pores. While you can’t completely remove pores, you can unclog them, making them appear smaller. Along with unclogging pores, you’ll help remove dead cells, dirt, and oil from the skin which could otherwise clog pores and hair follicles causing acne.
There are many ways you can exfoliate your face. There are pulsating brushes like those sold by Clarisonic, as well as facial loofahs, sea sponges, and scrubs. One of my favorite ways to exfoliate though, is by making my own scrub. This way, I can use ingredients I know work for my skin, I know exactly what is in it, and I know that it’s all natural. Natural face scrubs have become increasingly popular over the past few years and by now you can find many simple face scrub recipes online. I’m going to give you some ideas that I’ve found to be helpful and delicious.
Sugar Exfoliating Scrubs
Sugar scrub exfoliants can be used on both your face and body and they smell divine. I like to make sugar scrubs with brown sugar as it has small grains, dissolves quickly, and has a bit of a stickier texture than white sugar (it’s also delicious if you accidentally get some in your mouth). Sugar scrub recipes are very simple, and at the same time very effective. Along with brown sugar, I usually add coconut oil, my favorite essential oils, and sometimes honey. Honey is a great ingredient to put in a facial scrub (or mask and scrub) because of its antibacterial properties. The honey can help to rid the skin of bacteria, the coconut oil moisturizes and the sugar exfoliates. You can experience exfoliating benefits as well as create something customized and natural when you make these simple face scrubs, not to mention they’re great as gifts!
Whether it’s wintertime where you’re at and you’re fighting the dryness flakes like me or you just want to promote healthy skin cells on your face and body, natural face scrubs and sugar scrub exfoliants, as well as any other kind of exfoliant, can help give you clear and glowing skin year-round.