By Soleluna Cosmetics, Aug 10 2016 03:59AM
If you don't exfoliate your skin - you should start! Exfoliating your skin should be part of your weekly skincare routine as it is essential to healthy skin. However, over-exfoliating or exfoliating too strongly can have negative effects on your skin. Always test new products on a small patch of skin!
Learn when to exfoliate and what to use below.
What is Exfoliation and Why Do People Do It?
There are two types of exfoliation. The first is the physical removal of dead skin cells by a fine solid material and mechanical action. The second is removal by a chemical exfoliant. Exfoliation removes the top layer of skin cells, exposing new cells
How Often Should One Exfoliate Their Body?
A physical exfoliant should be used once or twice a week. A chemical exfoliant (at safe concentrations) may be used every 24 hrs, most likely at night, as they usually are phototoxic*.
*phototoxic = increases the skin’s sensitivity to UV rays when exposed to direct sunlight.
Is Over Exfoliation a Bad Thing? What Can Happen?
Yes! When you over exfoliate your skin you are constantly stripping down the skin cells, leaving them open to infection and irritation. You can also destroy the good bacteria that keeps your skin healthy.
How To Exfoliate (Physical Exfoliant)
Exfoliation should happen before cleansing but after removing makeup. From the legs up in small, circular motion towards your heart to increase blood flow.
What To Use When Exfoliating
Hand Exfoliator, Old Coffee Grounds, Sugar, Store bought, a quick DIY natural exfoliator
Body Exfoliants: natural sponge, coffee grounds, sugar, ground oats, ground almonds, sea salt - mix with honey or oil to apply
Face Exfoliants (physical): apricot shells, sandalwood powder, colloidal oatmeal, ground almonds
Face Exfoliants (chemical): lactic acid, glycolic acid, papaya extract
DIY Natural (& yummy) Lip Scrub
In a small jar, mix honey, sugar and coconut oil together until a paste is formed. Rub gently on lips and wash off with warm water and washcloth. Apply Soleluna Cosmetics Natural Lip Balm to replenish moisture!
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Happy Scrubbing !