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For well moisturized, healthy skin, it’s important to get rid of dead skin on the skin’s surface. When pores are blocked by dead skin, natural oils that help to keep skin moisturized become blocked, which can cause dry skin, breakouts, or skin irritation. Our skin naturally sheds around every thirty days. As we age, that process becomes slower, leaving excess dead skin on the surface. Exfoliating removes the oldest dead skin cells from the outermost layer of skin while allowing a brighter, more vibrant complexion to shine through. Exfoliation is great for acne-prone skin, dry, and oily skin. Exfoliation can be done by using scrubs, brushes, chemical treatments, and microdermabrasion machines. Keep reading to learn natural ways to exfoliate your face and body!
Dry brushing is an ancient exfoliating technique used to rid the body of toxins within the lymphatic system. In many ancient cultures, dry brushing was used to increase blood circulation before bathing. Dry brushing is done with a natural-bristle brush on dry skin typically before showering. Dry brushing helps to remove dead skin cells on the skin’s surface by gently exfoliating the skin. Dry brushing has also been said to reduce cellulite, cleanse pores and support the lymphatic system.
Facial brushes are another great way to exfoliate skin. Facial brushes remove dead skin from the skin’s surface and help prevent acne breakouts and dead skin buildup. Most facial brushes are often used in conjunction with a gentle cleanser and work to scrub away dirt, oil and surface level dead skin. Using a facial cleansing brush in a circular motion helps to buff away dry, rough skin, leaving skin softer and smoother.
DIY scrubs are a fun way to exfoliate your skin while helping to make it healthier. There are tons of DIY scrub recipes online that can suit your specific skin needs. Great bases to use for DIY surface scrubs are brown sugar, white sugar or dead sea salts, along with a carrier oil like jojoba seed oil, grapeseed oil, or apricot seed oil. Adding essential oils like tea tree oil, citrus oil, rosemary oil, and many more can have skin-benefitting properties that can protect skin against free radicals and bacteria. Scrubs can help to soften and smooth skin while softening the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, roughness and acne scars.
While exfoliating works wonders for skin, over-exfoliation can cause damage. For best results, don’t exceed two times a week for facial exfoliation.
Will you be trying these natural exfoliation methods?
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