Springtime means fresh faces! Get fresh with these masks and scrubs for clearing away dead skin cells
We’ve been bundled up all winter in sweaters, hats, and scarves. Now, as the weather gets nicer we get to bare a little more skin! Radiant and glowing face is our goal this season, not only because smooth skin makes you look younger, but clearing away old, dead skin can help us look and feel our best without tons of makeup. And as the trend, and our personal preference, is to be as natural as possible, having great glowing skin can help make that comfortable and beautiful.
Dead skin cells on the face may affect its natural complexion. Dead skin on the face can make your skin’s complexion dull, and even lead to the acne breakouts because of clogged and enlarged pores. Usually, if a person is healthy, their skin cells rejuvenate naturally with the dead cells being removed by the new ones. However, as a person grows older the natural process of cell rejuvenation becomes slower and you may need to help your body.
When the dead skin cells accumulate, they may cause fine lines on the face. Wearing makeup can mask the dull looking skin, but it is not a long-term solution. That is why skin care professionals recommend using skin exfoliation methods – like different skin masks and scrubs.
Where do these dead skin cells come from?
According to Healthline, healthy skin cells need 28-30 days to regenerate completely. Normally, the new cells start pushing the dead cells to the top layer of facial skin. Then the dead skin cells fall off the top layer naturally. But, if this process is slowed down, dead cells may accumulate, making the face look dull and grayish/yellowish.
The WebMD team gives 3 major causes for build-up of dead skin cells on the face:
- Bad weather conditions – extreme cold or heat can negatively impact facial skin if it is completely exposed to the harsh environment and left uncovered/unprotected. In this case, the skin may lose its natural moisture and can become drier
- The same negative effect may happen when you wash the face too frequently with too hot or cold water
- The use of harsh soap with chemicals may cause an additional barrier for the natural dead skin removal;
- Wearing too much makeup daily may be also not the best skin care option if you want to keep your facial skin moisturized
- Certain skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis may increase the number of dead skin cells on the face. In addition to dead skin flares, a person with these conditions may have severe facial rash and itching
Do these dead skin cells affect acne breakouts?
If you have recently noticed more pimples on your face, the cause may be related to an excess of dead skin cells. If you don’t exfoliate the skin on your face regularly, dead skin cells can mix with the oil accumulating in your hair follicles and make the pores plugged. A pimple may appear when the pore is clogged. The pore blocked with dead skin cells may get swollen faster than normal. As a result, a red pimple with a white center can develop.
10 tips for getting rid of dead skin daily
According to WebMD, if you are prone to build-up of dead skin cells, consider adding a few activities for exfoliating and cleansing your facial skin to your daily routine:
- Use your best face scrub for thorough cleansing at least twice a day. Before going to sleep at night, you should clean off your makeup and cleanse your face
- Those who have oily skin may additionally use oil-free moisturizers twice a day to keep the skin moist but not clog it
- Wearing the sunscreen protection, even on cold and on cloudy days, can additionally moisturize your facial skin. Also, try limiting your time in the sun during the summer, especially between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
- Choose a gentle natural facial soap (without any chemicals and strong fragrance)
- Eat more fruits and vegetables instead of fast food and junk snacks
- Lowering your stress levels can be also very helpful
- Shave with minimal resistance, with a special shaving gel and after-shave moisturizer
- Avoid long, hot showers because they may leave your skin dried out and exposed to the accumulation of dead skin cells
- Avoid the regular use of harsh abrasives (like pumice stones and stiff brushes). These can make your skin raw and red, and vulnerable to the long-term dryness and irritation.
- Covering up your face and hands (especially wearing gloves) in cold weather can prevent the formation of dead skin cells.
Did you know you can make a dead skin remover at home?
It may be a good idea to buy special cosmetic products for daily exfoliating face wash. However, even the most expensive and best exfoliator for the face can turn out to be useless in some cases, especially if your’re older than 45 years. Besides, if you have limited funds or you just like to make your own natural products, you can create your own dead skin mask or scrub from natural components.
According to the popular U.S. nutritionist Dr. Josh Axe, you may use the following natural ingredients for your skin mask in order to cleanse the face from dead cells:
- Coconut oil;
- Green tea;
- Lemon and sugar;
- Orange peel;
- Lemon juice and salt.
All these components and their combinations may work as the best exfoliator for your skin.
5 dead skin masks (for weekly use)
Oatmeal skin mask
Oatmeal can be the best face exfoliator due to its saponins which may be beneficial for dead skin removal. Also, oatmeal may preserve your skin’s natural moisture, essential vitamins, and the minerals necessary for skin nourishments. You can prepare the oatmeal skin mask like this:
- Mix one teaspoon of honey, a half cup of yogurt, and 1 cup of oatmeal;
- Apply this mixture to your face, by rubbing it gently into the skin in circular motions;
- Leave it for 20 minutes;
- Rinse off with warm water and moisturize.
Green tea scrub
- Remove green tea from 2-3 bags;
- Add 2 teaspoons of organic honey and mix well;
- Apply this scrub on the face;
- Let it sit for 15 minutes;
- Wash your face with warm water and dry with a clean cloth.
Orange peel exfoliator
- Add some yogurt to powdered dry orange peel – use enough to make a thick facial paste;
- Rub the mixture gently into the face;
- Leave it for 20 minutes;
- Rinse off with cold water.
- Mix 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder, a half cup of gram flour, small amount of fat milk;
- Rub this mixture into the face;
- Wait while it dries, for about 10 minutes;
- Peel off the dried pack and wash your face with warm water.
Papaya face mask and scrub for the oily skin
- Mix a pureed piece of ripe papaya with a few drops of fresh lemon juice;
- Apply this mixture on the face and neck;
- Rub gently in circular motions for 10 minutes;
- Rinse off with cold water.
Bear in mind that the frequent application of certain homemade skin masks can cause allergic reactions in individual cases. That is why it is better to consult a dermatologist before trying any new skin masks.
Spring is a time of new growth and freshness. We hope that by using these natural masks you can put your freshest face forward this spring, looking naturally fabulous!