Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Exfoliating Beauty: Salty? or Sweet?

Exfoliating is an important step in a skin care regimen that is often neglected. It can be tricky because it should not be done too often. But if neglected, it can cause a build up of dead skin cells on the skin that can lead to break outs.

What is Exfoliating?
Exfoliating is simply removing the top layer of dead skin cells that tend to accumulate over time.

Why is exfoliating important?
Our body's naturally reproduce millions of skin cells. Over time, dirt and oil get trapped underneath this layer of skin clogging the pores which results in undesirable breakouts. Exfoliating the skin removes the build up of excess dead skin cells as well as the dirt, grime and oils of our every day encounters.

How often should I exfoliate?
Exfoliating the skin is not a daily task, it should be done no more than once a week during the winter time and every five days during the summer. Over exfoliation can cause dry and irritable skin.

D.I.Y.:Salty? or Sweet?

Dead Sea Salt Scrub
You will need:
2 tablespoons of dead sea salt
*Table salt (ionized) should not be used. It is too harsh on the skin and will cause dryness*
5 table spoons of a lightly textured oil such as grape seed oil or sweet almond oil.
3 to 5 drops of an essential oil (tea tree, lavender or rosemary oil)

Mix all ingredients together and lightly massage face for 1 to 2 minutes.

Benefits: The mineral content of dead sea salt has a drawing effect on the skin. This helps tighten the skin while the lightly textured oil gives a deep cleanse. The ingredients combined with the essential oil provides blood circulation, smaller pores and reproduction of collagen which is essential for healthy looking skin.

Brown Sugar Honey scrub
You will need:
2 tablespoons of brown sugar
2 tablespoons of organic honey
2 tablespoons of green tea

Mix all ingredients together and lightly massage face for 1 to 2 minutes.

Benefits: Brown sugar also has exfoliating properties as well. However it contains glycolic acid which protects the skin against harmful toxins. Honey has a drawing effect that draws out dirt and toxins built up in the skin. The antioxidants in green tea neutralizes free radicals and smoothens the skin.

But the best benefit of all are the spa quality scrubs at the not so spa price. All of the ingredients above can be purchased at your local health food store for a fraction of spa prices.


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