Exfoliate Your Skin Naturally

It is important to make sure you exfoliate in winter. Dead skin cells reduce the amount of absorption you get from the products you apply, and increase winter dryness and irritation.You can do exfoliation easily with natural products, available in your kitchen. First look at the importance of exfoliation than here are few home made scrub recipes, for radiant and healthy skin.

In order to maintain healthy, youthful, glowing skin we do need to both remove old, dead skin cells and encourage proper cellular turn over. Exfoliating both removes the old dead skin cells and speeds up cell renewal enabling new healthy skin cells to grow.
Your body is continuously producing new cells to replace those that naturally die off. As we age cellular turnover slows down, especially skin cells. This slower turnover and excessive dead skin laying on the surface is one of the causes for dull, lackluster, unhealthy, or wrinkled skin.  Additionally, dead skin cells clog your pores and create blockage, wreaking havoc for your skin.
Knowing ’the why’ is only half of the story when it comes to exfoliating. It is equally important that you know’ the how’ so you do not cause damage to your skin in an effort to keep it beautiful.

There are several different kinds of exfoliates. They all work differently and are not all effective or safe for skin. Products can contain fruit seeds (apricot), nut shells (walnut), salt or sugar, chemicals, acids, ingredients that  ”digest” your dead skin cell, circular exfoliates (jojoba beads), grounds nuts, grains, and flours.
Long gone are the days of abrasive over scrubbing. It scratches, tears, and rips your skin. These tiny abrasions damage your skin and accelerate aging. Avoid any products that contain exfoliates with jagged sharp edges that do not dissolve such as pit fruit seeds and nutshells.
In the case of salt and sugar where they are square (and do start with sharp edges), they dissolve with water, and with the circular motions of applying, become circular, thus preventing any skin damage. Spherical exfoliates are gentle and safe.
Chemicals, acids, peels, and micro derma abrasion can burn, blister, cause redness and swelling to your skin as well as age the appearance of skin over time. You may feel more youthful looking after the first few sessions, but in the long run they can accelerate aging and damage skin. Some can be safe and effective in small doses, but I do not recommend them.
Natural ingredients that  “digest” your dead skin cell (ground nuts, grains, and flours) are effective, safe, and work wonderful to slough off dead skin.

Make your own:

Facial scrub-1
    1 tsp Honey
    1/4 cup light olive oil or coconut oil
    1 cup sea salt, raw turbinado or granulated sugar
    2 tsp citrus zest (lemon or orange works best)

Blend the ingredients together and gently buff skin.  The honey naturally draws water into the skin and the salt/sugar buffs away the dead skin cells.

Facial scrub-2

    1/2 tablespoon almonds
    1/4 tea honey
    1/4 soymilk
    1/8 tea green tea
    Make a paste with the almonds in a food processor. (Do not make butter; stop when the almonds are ground before they go to creamy butter.)
    Add additional ingredients, pulse a few times, and remove from processor.
    Will keep in refrigerator for 3-5 days.

 Body scrub-1
    1/8 cup oat flour (you can substitute the flour with finely ground rolled oats, ground in a coffee grinder.
    Olive, safflower, almond, avocado or pistachio oil
    Mix flour and salt. Add oil in 1 tablespoon increments until the salt/flour mixture lightly is coated.

Body Scrub-2
    1 Cup Olive Oil
    ½ Cup Sea Salt
    ¼ Cup Honey
    2 tsp. Lavender Essential Oil

    Mix Olive Oil and Salt together in a large mixing bowl, until they reach the paste like consistency. Add in slightly melted honey, mix well. Add in essential oil of your choice last (I recommend lavender). Avoid making the scrub too runny, as this will not properly exfoliate your skin.
    Seal in individual containers at room temperature (do not refrigerate).

Keep in mind that while exfoliation is important, you don’t need to exfoliate every day.  After all, the purpose is to slough off dead skin cells and if you have already scrubbed them off there is no point in scrubbing further. Too much exfoliation will obviously damage the healthy cells, so keep it to a routine of about once a week.

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