Exfoliation is an important aspect to weekly skin care routines, but the benefits are often over-looked. Our delicate layers are exposed to the environment, stress, diet, and all sorts of elements that affect its vitality. An occasional scrub session helps to remove dead cells, regenerate new cells, clear blocked pores, and thoroughly rinse the face and body of excess dirt. There are so many choices, but before revealing the best brands, a few tips are necessary so you select the right one for your needs.
While there are three types of exfoliators: scrubs, chemicals, and enzymes, I’ll be focusing only on scrubs. Facial scrubs all contain granules that unclog the junk below the surface. These grains range in size, shape, and texture. Sugar, and salt are much larger, and often have a noticeable coarser feel on the body. Irregular shaped particles like salt, and apricot pits, are not recommended for the face, because the serrated form has sharp edges that can scratch and tear our precious epidermis. More fine-grained ingredients, like rice, oatmeal, or soft powders are gentler and good for sensitivity. The best ones are completely round, like micro-beads, which are mild on the scale. The most important tip yet is: always moisturize after exfoliating. There are a range of brands out there, just waiting to help you, these few products are sure to help your bodies exterior shed its weekly stress, leaving it radiant, and refreshed.
Head to your nearby drug-store and check out Burt’s Bees Peach and Willow Bark Deep Pore Scrub. Finely ground peach stone, and willow bark are a perfect match! The willow bark is a natural form of salicylic acid that cleans while the peach stone safely rids the lodged muck that hides away under the top layer. With subtly ground pieces of peach stone, the exfoliation is not harmful but rather a creamy and silky feel leaves the face smooth.
Oatmeal works wonders as it never damages or leaves scars, and is a very helpful buffer for sensitive and easily irritated skin. The St. Ives Nourished and Smooth Oatmeal Scrub + Mask combines oatmeal, with other natural scrubbing elements that help rid away dullness. This lightweight milky formula is hypoallergenic, moisturizing and free of oil and sulfates. What is better than these great ingredients and reasonable pricing?
For a quality purchase check out The Bobbi Brown Buffing Grains, The Japanese Adzuki bean powder is great because the bean is finely milled and does not damage underneath the surface. The Adzuki bean grind easily combines with any cleanser, offering a custom exfoliation. Your result is rejuvenated skin cells, and a clean, clear appearance.
Looking to turn it up a notch? If you love a deep pore rendezvous that tackles the daily gunk (oil and skin cells) piled up in our tiny pores, then head over to Lush and try out the Dark Angels Facial Cleanser. This is my absolute favorite scrub! This delightful mask/wash is made of natural ingredients including: rhassoul mud, black sugar, and powdered charcoal infused with avocado, sandalwood, and rosewood oil. The black sugar offers a penetrating cleanse that is replenished with nourishing oils that hydrate and restore. It’s like a relaxing mud-mask treatment at home.
Exfoliating not only makes your skin look more radiant and feel smoother, it allows your creams and serums to penetrate and do their jobs better. Don’t miss this important step in your skin care routine.