WHAT IS EXFOLIATION?
Exfoliation is the process of shedding off dead skin cells from the top surface of the skin. For our skin to be radiant and supple, there is need to get rid of dead cells and impurities clogging our skin.
Skin exfoliating makes us look younger, beautiful and enhances our skin.
TYPES OF EXFOLIATION
- Mechanical exfoliation: Mechanical exfoliation involves physically scrubbing your skin’s surface with a scrub, dry brush, or another exfoliating skin tool.
- Chemical exfoliation: Chemical exfoliation involves the use of salicylic acid, alpha- hydroxyl acids, glycolic acid or enzymes to chemically break down surface buildup.
THE BENEFITS OF EXFOLIATION
- Removes dead skin cells and unclog pores.
- Exfoliating can also help to make your other products work better since they won’t be sitting on top of lots of build-up.
- Reduce acne breakout.
- Challenging aging process.
- Improve skin texture and enhancing smoothness.
- Improve moisture absorption on your skin.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU EXFOLIATE?
While exfoliation is an essential skin care practice. How often you should exfoliate varies with individuals. Some people’s skin is very sensitive, so can only handle exfoliating once a week, while others are able to exfoliate a few times per week. It really depends! Practice what works well for your skin.
POWERFUL HOMEMADE EXFOLIATING SCRUBS
1. Sugar: Sugar has the ability to draw moisture from the surrounding environment to itself. When you apply sugar to your skin, it helps keep moisture within.
It is humectant in nature but rich in glycolic acid used to treat aging. Good for sensitive skin, you can use either white or brown sugar.
Take 1 tablespoon of white or brown sugar. Apply on wet face and gently scrub in circular motion for about 10-20 minutes, then rinse out with warm water and apply your moisturizer.
2. Oats and Honey: Oats are easy to come by, oatmeal contains saponins, a cleansing agent. It is suitable for all skin types, and even for the most sensitive skin. Due to its anti- inflammatory properties.
It soothes irritation and treat inflammations.
Aids clean, clear skin and use for healing sunburns.
Honey on the other hand is an excellent antioxidants. They contain phenols and flavonoids, which can reduce oxidative stress and inflammation on your skin.
Get 2 tablespoon of grounded oatmeal, mix with either honey or water. Ensure it not too watery, then apply on wash face.
Scrub in circular motion ,to get rid of those dead cells on your skin for about 30 minutes. Rinse out with warm water.
Apply twice a week for best result.
3. Baking soda: This is a very good exfoliant, because of its tiny granules. Baking soda is the perfect ingredient for skin and It one of my fave scrub. I personally use it in my healthy skin regime and it works well on my skin.
It is the cure for all skin imperfections like acne, scars from acne, skin blemishes, dullness and roughness on the skin. So, it has the potential power to treat skin problems.
You can also add it to your skincare routine as its the cheapest ingredient in your pantry that will satisfy your target issues.
Pour 1 teaspoon of baking powder in a bowl, mix with little water to form a paste and apply on your wet face and gently scrubs in circular motion for 15 minutes, then rinse out.
4. Salt: salt is a natural antiseptic, which helps to destroy bacteria and reduce inflammation along with any itching and pain caused by bacterial- related skin diseases.
It offers great exfoliation. Only recommended as a body scrub not on the face because of its harshness so it doesn’t dry up your face. Do not use on open wounds on the skin.
Mix small quantity of salt with water to form a paste. Apply to your body, scrub in circular motion with your hands to unclog pores. It also improve blood circulation and remove dead skin cells.
5. Rice: Rice has become one of the popular ingredient use for enhancing beauty. It contains para aminobenzoic acid, ferulic acid and allantoin.
Para aminobenzoic acid serves as a good sunscreen and increases the absorption of Vitamin C in the body.
Ferulic acid is an anti-oxidant and allantoin is inflammatory in natures and repairs the skin.
Rice flour makes a good exfoliating agent. It gently scrubs away the dead and flaky skin to reveal younger looking and even toned skin. Rice is used by Asian for skin whitening.
2 tablespoons rice powder mix with coconut oil, sugar and some water to form a paste. Rub with your hand on wet face and scrub gently in circular motion for 10-15 minutes.
6. Yoghurt: It contains lactic acid, which is good for removing dead skin cells. Reducing acne and softening the skin.
Apply on your face and let it sit for 20 -30 minutes when dried up then rinse out. When applied consistently you’ll notice a difference on your face.
7. Apple cider vinegar: ACV contains lactic, malic acids and alpha-hydroxy acids. It is good for exfoliating.
ACV lightens sunburn and age spots. reduces blemishes, helps in skin rejuvenation, dissolves dead skin cells, balances the skin’s PH, improves acne, acne scars and helps minimize appearance of pores
1) Pour 1-part Organic Raw Apple Cidar Vinegar into a glass jar, bottle or container.
2) Add 2 parts distilled or filtered water.
3) Shake the bottle to combine the mixture.
4) Apply the toner to your freshly cleansed skin using a cotton ball or pad, avoiding the eye area.
5) Apply your usual, daily moisturizer after the apple cider vinegar toner has dried.
6) Shake well before each use. Store in a cool, dry, dark place.
8. RECOMMENDED OVER-THE-COUNTER EXFOLIATORS
- st.Ives fresh skin apricot scrub
- Dr.Teal epsom salt body scrub
- Jimpo Ori natural exfoliate black soap
- Exfoliator tools