Exfoliation - removing dead skin cells

 

The average human generates a total new layer of skin every two to four weeks. At the end of this cycle the old dead cells need to be shed. If they are not removed it can lead to pores being clogged and the creation of pimples and blackheads

Exfoliation can make your skin look radiant and feel silky and smooth. It also stimulates skin cell renewal. If we exfoliate on a regular basis we can look forward to a vibrant and healthier complexion. Exfoliation should not be limited to just the facial area. All parts of the body other than the sensitive areas can benefit from exfoliation.

 

Find out how to exfoliate your skin with these tips and hints

When exfoliating your face you must only use products suitable for facial skin. Products used on other parts of the body may be too harsh for your face.

Removing the old dead cells enables other products to be absorbed into your skin better.

Always follow up your exfoliation with toner and moisturizer.

If you have dry skin you can try exfoliation only once a week whereas oily skin can be exfoliated more frequently.

Mix 1 tablespoon of medium grain polenta with 1 tablespoon of Sorbolene. Store in the fridge as this doesn't keep well - hence the small amounts of ingredients used. Polenta is a corn product and it is available from supermarkets and health food stores. Sorbolene is a cheap moisturizer that can be purchased for as little at $5 for a large bottle from pharmacies.

Make up a mixture of 1/3 cup olive oil and 3 teaspoons of salt. Shower as you would normally using warm water. Rub the oil/salt mixture all over your body whilst still standing in the shower. Rinse off with warm water. Please note: I feel salt is far too harsh to use on the face so use this scrub on the rest of the body excluding delicate areas.

Mix one teaspoon of bi-carbonate of soda (baking soda) with two teaspoons of your favourite cleanser until it forms a paste. Gently rub into your skin with circular motion. Rinse off. The bi-carb will polish your skin, making it visibly radiant.

For silky smooth hands pour 1 tablespoon of vinegar in the palm of one had. Into the vinegar tip a large teaspoon of sugar. Rub all parts of the hands with this mixture for 2 minutes. Rinse off and apply moisturizer. This works so well.

For a very gentle all-over exfoliation add a couple of teaspoons of sea salt to your bath water.

For facial area - Mix no more than 1/4 teaspoon of salt with 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda in a saucer. Mix in a small amount of water and very gently rub your face with this mixture using a circular motion. Rinse face with warm water. If you have delicate skin you should swap the salt with caster sugar. Salt is very abrasive.

For rough elbows cut a lemon in half and gently squeeze out some of the juice to form a hollow in each half. Rest each elbow in the lemon halves for about 10 mins. The lemon juice acts as an exfoliator.

Add a cup of powdered milk to your bath water. It has lactic acid in it and that acts as a dead skin remover.

 

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