All exfoliators work together to achieve one purpose, to remove accumulated dead skin cells and debris on the surface of your skin. This accumulated waste if not removed can clog pores and make your skin tone look dull and uneven. By using the right combination of exfoliating products for your skin type, you are able to remove this waste and restore your skin’s natural glow.
As a general rule, avoid the delicate eye areas when exfoliating and find a “gentle” exfoliator for home use. In this article, we will go through 6 types of very effective exfoliating products and techniques that will help you to achieve a smooth radiant complexion.
Exfoliating scrubs are the most commonly used exfoliating products in the market due to it’s simplicity and effectiveness of use. There is no need to apply and wait 10 – 20 minutes before rinsing. Simply add some water to your face and use the scrub to massage away any skin waste.
Stay away from rough abrasive scrubs that contain jaggered edges that can cause damage to your skin. Use a scrub with fine, well-rounded and smooth grain particles. When applying the scrub to your face or body, don’t rub vigorously but instead let the product do the work and assist by gently massaging in circular motion before rinsing. Remembering that gentle is the key.
Natural Exfoliating Mask
For people with highly sensitive skin that find scrubs too irritating to use, an exfoliating mask is the perfect solution. This exfoliating facial mask removes dead skin cells and at the same time absorbs any excess sebum.
Chemical exfoliators work by dissolving the waste on the surface of the skin (dead skin cells, dirt, sebum, sweat) and cleansed away with water. Look for products with Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) and Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHA) that will achieve this purpose.
Be very careful with using chemical exfoliating products as prolonged application can cause skin redness, inflammation and in more severe cases, burns.
We all have enzymes in our bodies to digest food. So a naturally occurring enzyme exfoliant found in the pulp of certain fruits contains enzymes that can help digest the waste substances on the skin. You’ll commonly find natural cleansing and exfoliating products that include extracted pumpkin seeds or papaya as their main enzyme properties.
For an all economical natural enzyme exfoliate, simple pop into your local fruit market and grab a pineapple, mash it up and apply to your skin. You may feel a stinging burning sensation when it is on the skin. This is the enzymes working and is quite normal. If you feel that it is becoming unbearable, rinse it off.
When using such techniques, I suggest leaving it to the professionals. If incorrectly used, it can cause microlaceration damage to your skin.
When talking about mechical exfoliators, microdermabrasion automatically comes to mind. Microdermabrasion is a method of “vacuum cleaning” and polishing the skin using a combination of suction and abrasion. Dead cells are buffed off the surface of the skin and suction removes clogging from the pores and stimulates the circulation. You’ll find treatments at a beauty salon ranging from $100 – $1000 depending on the results you what to achieve. With repeated procedures, it can even reduce the appearance of minor scars.
Dry Brushing Technique
An exfoliating technique used specifically for the body. On dry skin, brush yourself with a soft natural brush purchased from beauty stores and when the dead skin cells are loose, hop in the shower and rinse away. This is a very effective and yet very gentle on your body.
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