Exfoliate Your Way To Glowing Skin

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Old 06-Jun-2012
Exfoliate Your Way To Glowing Skin

Having beautiful glowing skin is the key to getting that healthy and youthful appearance. Though taking care of your skin is always important, it seems to be especially necessary in the sunny seasons in which skin-baring clothes are all the fashion. Coming second only to my advice to moisturize, exfoliating is one of the most important steps in a skincare routine.

The word is thrown around a bunch, but what does it actually mean to exfoliate? Exfoliating is the removal of the dead skin cells that remain on the outer surface of the skin by a buffing agent. This process has many benefits for skin and results in your skin looking and feeling great.

You may be surprised to know that all your lotions and skin products may be rendered useless if you arenít exfoliating regularly. The oil and sebum that is produced by your skin may be preventing your products from getting absorbed. Regular exfoliation gets rid of that excess oil and sebum, allowing your products to have optimal effect.

By removing dead skin through regular exfoliation, you actually are working to unclog your pores. Dead skin cells and dry skin clog pores and cause blackheads and acne, so exfoliating is great for acne prone skin. Removing those cells allows skin renewal and trades dull looking skin for healthy, glowing skin.

There are a few things to remember when you bring exfoliating into your routine. Regular exfoliation does not mean daily exfoliation. It is best to exfoliate about twice a week to make sure you arenít damaging your skin with the abrasive scrubs. Also, be sure to remember that your face is much more sensitive than your body, so you have to use much gentler scrubs for your face.

It is easy to make exfoliating scrubs at home, and then you can avoid looking through shelves and shelves of different exfoliating products at the store. For a great moisturizing scrub perfect for summer, all you need is 3 tsp. of olive oil, 1/2 cup of white cane sugar, and a drop of lavender essential oil. Sugar is great to use on sensitive areas because it isnít very abrasive and melts away fairly quick. If you want to use the homemade scrub on less sensitive areas with rougher skin, like your feet, you can switch out the sugar for salt.

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