The Dos and Don't of Exfoliation
In this month’s blog, we’re talking all the dos and don’ts of exfoliation, and how you can use exfoliants to your advantage to achieve healthy glowing skin!
Did you know that by itself, it takes skin cells an average of 25 days to renew? In other words, over the course of 25 days, your skin is shedding dead skin cells and regenerating new ones on the top layer of your skin. This process tends to take even longer as we get older, causing the dead skin cells to accumulate on our skin’s surface, making for not so radiant skin. Exfoliants are the key to breaking through dead-skin buildup, allowing your healthier, radiant layer of skin to shine through.
DO : Take Care of Your Whole Body
While you may have your skincare routine for your face down to a science, one of the biggest mistakes you can make is neglecting all the skin below your chin. We’re talking neck, décolletage, arms, legs, and everything in between. The décolletage, elbows, and hands, in particular, can start to show signs of aging earlier and can be more susceptible to damage than even the skin on your face. This is why it is crucial to give those areas of your skin extra special attention.
But beware of scrubs that slough off old skin without replacing moisture! Enter the Coconut Sugar Scrub from Eminence Organics. While the raw cane sugar granules in this scrub do act as a physical exfoliant, they also contain Alpha Hydroxy Acid, which is an effective chemical exfoliant. Infused with virgin coconut oil, your skin will be left feeling hydrated and not overly dry – which can often be a concern when it comes to exfoliation. The light sweet fragrance of this scrub enchanting and the coconut oil is super nourishing to our parched skin this time of year. And we’re not the only ones who love this scrub – it’s a Marie Claire and Glamour favorite product!
DO : Use the Right Products for Your Skin Type
To get the most out of exfoliation, and to avoid any unpleasant side effects, it’s vital that you’re familiar with your skin type. Skin types are classified as Normal/Oily/Dry/Combination/Sensitive. Unfortunately, determining your skin type isn’t as easy as it sounds – but we can help! Schedule a free virtual skin consultation with a PURE Esthetician and we’ll help figure out what your skin type is!
DO : Follow with SPF
When it comes to your daily skincare routine, sun protection is a must. Once you’ve buffed away the dull layers of your skin, your complexion immediately becomes more sensitive. After exfoliation, your skin is more susceptible to damage from the sun or other environmental elements, which means it’s even more crucial to apply an SPF moisturizer.
DO: Replenish Your Skin
Don’t let exfoliation leave your skin feeling tight and parched. It is important to follow up exfoliation with products that are going to continue to put moisture back into your skin. Our PURE Soaps contain nourishing plant-based ingredients such as shea butter, goat’s milk, coconut oil, and olive oil that will leave your skin feeling soft and smooth to the touch!
All too often we forget that our body craves to be moisturized the same way our face does. One of our favorite moisturizers this time of year is the Coconut Firming Body Lotion. With key ingredients such as coconut milk to nourish and soften the look of skin, coconut water to act as a source of electrolytes, vitamin C and calcium, and Natural Retinol Alternative Complex to firm and smooth the appearance of skin – your skin will have the goods it needs to stay hydrated against the harsh winter weather.
DON’T : Exfoliate Irritated Skin
Whether it’s a sunburn or a skin reaction caused by another product, if you’re experiencing any type of irritation, it’s always best to avoid exfoliation. In this case, scrubbing away at your skin could cause more harm than good. We recommend holding off on any type of treatment until your skin has completely recovered.
DON’T : Use Synthetic Exfoliants
Not only can synthetic exfoliants like plastic microbeads harm your skin, but they can also cause intense damage to our environment. Opt for products that use natural and organic alternatives to plastic microbeads.
DON’T : Neglect Exfoliating Before Sugaring & Waxing
While exfoliation should be a regular part of your skincare routine (2-3 times per week) it’s essential to work in an exfoliation session before a sugaring or waxing appointment. Exfoliation is key for getting great sugaring and waxing results!
SOURCE Eminence Organics
Happy winter exfoliating!! And remember, reach out if you have any questions or concerns about winter dryness. We love helping people find their way to healthy glowing skin!