THE MAGIC STEP THAT WILL TRANSFORM YOUR SKIN!
Has your skin not been looking as smooth and supple as you would like it to? Chances are you have a build up of excess dead skin. Dead skin cells block your pores and prevent your skin from absorbing your products. In other words, you may be wasting your dollars on products if they’re not penetrating into the skin.
As we age our skin cellular turnover starts to slow dow. This means that the body is slower to shed skin cells and generate new ones. A build up of dead skin cells can leave the skin looking rough, dull and dehydrated. It can also contribute to excess oil, leading to breakouts and blocked pores. Regular exfoliation will ensure your skin looks radiant and smooth!
BEST WAY TO EXFOLIATE?
There are two main ways to exfoliate the skin. Chemically and physically. What you choose will depend on your skin type and the sensitivity of your skin. Regardless of what you choose, exfoliation should be done around twice per week. Here’s your options –
1. Physical exfoliation
Physical exfoliants are generally in the form of a scrub. BUT its important to know that not all scrubs are created equal. In fact, some scrubs can cause micro tears in the skin leading to premature ageing. You want to ensure that the granules are small and don’t have jagged edges. Microdermabrasion is another physical exfoliating option, which is performed by a qualified beauty therapist.
2. Chemical exfoliation
Chemical exfoliation usually comes in the form of a peel, serum or mask. They work by eating or melting the dead skin cells away. Great for smoothing the skin and giving you some serious glow! There are a few main chemicals you can use; BHA’s, AHA’s and enzymes.
Beta hydroxy acids are oil soluble. Meaning they can penetrate further into the skin and pores, giving a “deeper” exfoliation. Best for people who are prone to blackheads, excess oil and acne prone skin.
Alpha hydroxy acids are water soluble. They are great at breaking up the “glue” that binds the dead skin cells together. Derived from natural substances (mainly fruit) they work mainly on the outer layers of the skin. They are best suited for normal to dry skin types.
Enzymatic exfoliation is perfect for sensivite skins. Derived from fruits such as pineapple and papaya, they aren’t as harsh as the above acids. Fruit enzymes are responsible for breaking down the outer layers of the epidermis. Although they won’t penetrate as deeply, they are still a good option for skin prone to sensitivities.
BEST PRODUCTS TO USE?
Below are some of my favourite natural/organic exfoliating products!
Dry/Mature skin – Mukti 2-in-1 Resurfacing Exfoliant
This product gently cleans skin while removing dead skin cells. Containing bioactive Australian AHAs, this product is designed to improve the overall texture of the skin and promote a glowing, youthful complexion. To use, apply to damp skin and leave on for a few minutes before rinsing off with warm water.
Oily/Comination skin – Herbivore Blue Tansy Resurfacing Mask
Blue tansy oil is naturally high in azulene and a powerful anti-inflammatory that soothes irritated skin and reduces redness. It also contains white willow bark, a natural (BHA) that is high in salicylic acid. Along with natural (AHAs), including papaya and pineapple, they work to get rid skin of dead cells and unclog pores for a smoother, heal their complexion.
All skin types – Miskin Bamboo exfoliating face cloths
I can’t live without these Bamboo muslin cloths. They are made of fine threads plainly woven together and are well known for their exfoliating properties, leaving your face beautifully clean and soft. Great for sensitive skin types who find exfoliating grains too harsh. These cloths work well with oil cleansers and face cleansing balms, they help remove any oily residue. The cloths are lightweight and dry very quickly. The Bamboo cloths have natural anti bacterial properties. Everyone should own these!
Sensitive skin – Miskin organics honey apple mask.
A nourishing and hydrating facial treatment mask loaded with raw honey and apple juice.This combination calms down troubled skin without irritation, while gently exfoliating, plumping and moisturising tired dry irritated skin.