Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Exfoliation: Healthy Young Looking Skin


Exfoliating is one of the best ways to transform aging skin and let your true beauty shine through.  Exfoliation removes dead skin cells that cling to the skin's outermost surface, leaving skin feeling smoother, fresher and younger looking!  It can help reduce fine lines and wrinkles and even prevent new ones from forming as well. It increases blood circulation and stimulates your body’s natural detoxification processes to foster gorgeous, smooth skin from the inside out.

Exfoliation is considered one of the most important techniques that you can use on your skin to resolve certain skin problems as well as to achieve healthy glowing skin.

The skins natural exfoliation process slows as we age, resulting in a build-up of dry skin cells.  As you increase how often you exfoliate, you are tricking your skin into being young again!

It also helps you make the most of those expensive moisturizers and serums by penetrating the skin more effectively without causing breakouts and irritation.

Why Exfoliation Is Important

Our skin is constantly generating new skin cells and sending them to the surface.  As the cells rise to the surface they gradually die and become filled with keratin. These keratin filled skin cells are essential because they give our skin its protective quality.  However, they are constantly sloughing off to make way for younger cells.  As we age the process of cell turnover slows down. Cells start to pile up unevenly on the skin's surface, giving it a dry, rough, dull appearance, where fine lines and wrinkles develop.  Exfoliation removes dead skin cellls that are clinging on, revealing the fresher, younger skin cells below.  Here are my top natural exfoliating products for face and body.



Many of us are using acne products that are so drying to the skin.  Although these drying products do tend to destroy acne causing bacteria, they also usually result in not only irritated skin but also in future breakouts.  As you continue to dry out your skin, you are also creating a build-up of dry skin cells.  This build up is acting as a barrier on your skin to trap in oil and to start a new cycle of breakouts.  The more you remove surface skin cells, the less oil will stay trapped and congested in the pores.


You know those red, dark marks that remain on the skin long after your blemish has healed?  The secret to fading these marks is EXFOLIATION!  The more you remove the surface damaged skin tissue, the more you are ridding the skin of those pesky dark marks and encouraging the formation of new healthy skin tissue.





These are brown spots that come from age, pregnancy, hormonal changes, and genetics.  As the skin ages, these spots tend to become more apparent and darker.  Exfoliation breaks up the pigmented cells to help them fade.  Combined with a skin lightening agents such as vitamin C and E,  exfoliation will aid in speeding up the fading process.







Especially in those cold winter months, exfoliation is VERY important.  When the skin is dry,  we tend to load up on heavier creams to compensate for the dryness.  But dry skin means you have dry skin cell buildup.  The more you layer on your heavy creams, the more you are trying to re-hydrate dry skin cells…THIS IS WASTING YOUR TIME!  Instead, increase your exfoliation to remove the dry skin cells, and THEN moisturize the NEW skin cells.  This will leave your skin nice and moist.


Exfoliate as much as possible, with minimal irritation.  The skin likes boosts, but not on an everyday basis.  

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