Thursday, February 28, 2013

Younger & Smoother Skin through Exfoliating

As you get older, exfoliating on a regular basis becomes increasingly more important and should be an integral part of your skin care. It simply is the best way to keep your skin clear and healthier looking. During exfoliation, dead skin cells together with the oily residue that clogs up your pores are removed. This in turn reduces the risk of the formation of blackheads, pimples and acne in general. If dead skin cells are not removed, they can clog up the sebaceous   the skin dull in appearance and patchy.
How to do it:
1. Start cleansing your face with a mild cleanser to remove any dirt or residue of makeup.
2. Use an exfoliating cleanser on your wet face. A brush or sponge may be helpful, but don’t scrub/brush too hard.
3. In circular motions, gently scrub your face avoiding areas such s around the eyes as the skin is most sensitive there.
4. After the exfoliating scrub, rinse your face with warm or cold water and gently pat it dry.
5. Next, apply an exfoliating mask. It will create that glow on your skin and also nourish it.
6. The last step involves the application of a moisturizer to allow the skin to absorb necessary moisture and nutrients.

Some guidelines and Tips:
Make sure not to exfoliate too often. Some people suggest exfoliating every day which you should definitely NOT do. I recommend twice or three times a week and maybe less if you have very sensitive skin.
Use exfoliating products that are designed for your face. A body scrub will be far too harsh on your more delicate facial skin.
Always use a good moisturizer at the end as without it, your skin will dry out. The combination of over-exfoliating whilst not using enough moisturizer will have adverse effects on your skin.
Make sure to use products of high quality. I’ve tried some cheap exfoliating products which felt like sandpaper and left my skin irritated.
If you’re unsure what product to use, ask the therapist next time you are having a facial.


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