DIY-Exfoliate

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Time to exfoliate your skin ladies

Our faces go through a lot. We wash our faces daily, moisturize, get beat to the GAWDS, cleanse as thoroughly as possible with our routines and then repeat. It took some trial & error to get the whole process down-packed but here we are! Now it’s time to exfoliate.

Well, what’s so great about exfoliating? Exfoliation is the removal of dead skin cells on the epidermis, the surface outermost layer of our skin. It’s important because it allows us to speed up the process of ridding the debris, foreign particles and old cells that are blocking our pores; causing pimples, blackheads, roughness and patchy appearance. Our skin is usually a direct reflection of our diet and may give insight to the hormonal imbalances that may be occurring in the body.

Exfoliation gives way to revealing the younger, fresher skin as new cells emerge. It even helps skin-care products to best penetrate the skin and be more effective.

Here are 5 benefits for exfoliating:

  1. Healthy, radiant skin
  2. Fell smooth & silky
  3. Shrinks pores
  4. Reduction in blackheads & breakouts
  5. Avoid wrinkles & look young forever

Skin Tip: If you’re prone to ingrown hairs, especially around your lady parts, exfoliating before shaving is KEY!


Is it possible to do too much to your skin?

Yes, it is possible to over-exfoliate. If you have sensitive or aging skin, overdoing it can result in patchy, dry-irritated skin. This can be avoided by spacing out the days that you are exfoliating so that you can allow your skin to heal and generate the new cells. Remember that this process is shedding the layer of dead skin cells but can also be thinning the new layer as it is forming. Be careful not to let this happen as waxing and being in the sun too much will be damaging.

Let’s get down to business. Many popular store brands aren’t the best option due to the harsh chemicals they contain. It’s unfortunate, but many products are made with harmful endocrine disruptors like plastic (microbeads), parabens, pthlates, triclosan, resorcinol, hydroquinone and artificial dyes and colors. It can all be avoided and be more financially friendly simply by making some on your own. Feel free to raid the fridge and cabinets and get creative with these face scrubs!

Here are some of my favorites:

All In One
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp baking soda

Dry Skin
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp avocado
2 tbsp olive oil
mashed banana or mango

Oily Skin
1 tbsp irish sea mon
1 tbsp turmeric

OR

1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp baking soda

Combo Skin
1/2 banana
1 tbsp honey
1-2 tbsp oatmeal

Stretch Marks
1 tbsp coffee
1 tbsp olive oil

Toner
1 tbsp lemon
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp turmeric

Masks
Bentonite Clay: Used for centuries as ancient ayurvedic detox, it draws out impurities and toxins through the pores and reduces inflammation. Bentonite lay also reduces the appearance of scar tissue with an even skin tone.

Activated Charcoal: Acts as a magnet for micro-particles, toxins and absorbs excess oils. It also soothes cuts, skin irritation and bites.

You too can create your own exfoliating regimes by using this guide below: