I now regularly exfoliate my facial skin and also appreciate a body scrub from time to time. There are several new product types and some sound very fancy and sophisticated. So it’s time to explore and prepare for some nice treats at home!
Why exfoliate your skin?
Every day, new cells are formed in the bottom layer of the epidermis and reach the skin surface in about 30 days. During the journey, these cells loose moisture and at the surface become dry, hardened flakes. This is what’s causing the skin to look dull.
Exfoliation is more or less the removal of dead, flaky skin cells from the surface of the skin which will give you a quite immediate effect of a more pinkish glow and brighter skin.
Exfoliation also makes it easier for cosmetic products like creams and serums to penetrate into the skin. So bear this in mind when you do a skin treatment from which you want to get the most out of the special ingredients.
Exfoliation, scrub and peeling; what’s the difference?
Exfoliation and scrub are more or less the same and refer to a mechanical abrasion effect that helps remove dead skin cells. Peeling or also chemical peel on the other hand refers more often to a chemical process to remove dead skin cells and is based on acids like alpha and beta hydroxyl acids. Light chemical peels are used for treatment of fine wrinkles, areas of dryness, uneven pigmentation and acne. It’s not completely risk free so even if most available products have relatively low concentrations it may be worthwhile getting consultation on the use of chemical peel products at the beauty salon or from your dermatologist.
There is also ‘microdermabrasion’ which is offered for home treatments. The classical salon treatment is based on a device that gives mechanical friction on the skin and a vacuum system to remove the dead skin cell discharge. That was a bit over the top for my taste but there are also some pretty neat microdermabrasion pads that combine a physical mechanical exfoliation with an active chemical peeling formulation.
Healthy and Eco-sustainable choices:
Today you can find many scrubs based on natural exfoliating particles like fruit seeds, nuts, minerals rice and sugars. These are very nice but they tend to work on a small area of the skins as you lose hold of the cream and particles very easily. I did prefer the concept of the sponge and glove so exploring around in disposable options I have discovered some interesting new ways for my exfoliation routines. Have a look at these exfoliating pads;
So here are a couple of things that I like about exfoliating wipes and pads;
1. Even and adjustable exfoliation
Using a wipe or pad with an exfoliating texture I can apply the exfoliation evenly all over face or body. It also allows better control on what skin areas I want to exfoliate more intensively. No problems with particles ending up in places where you don’t want them like eyes, nose and ears. And best of all, no ‘mission impossible’, trying to remove those particles that got stuck in the hair borders.
2. Better hygiene
Imagine what kind of life forms you can find in a scrubby sponge. This sponge is used to remove dead skin cells and then it sits around in your shower with the perfect humidity for bacteria to party and multiply. So after the use of a wipe or glove I just dispose of it and don’t need to worry about what’s grown in there since the last time I used it.
No micro beads disposal in our waste water
Tiny particles of plastic have been added to possibly thousands of personal care products sold around the world. These microbeads, hardly visible to the naked eye, flow straight from the bathroom drain into the sewer system. Wastewater treatment plants are not designed to filter out microbeads and that is the main reason why, ultimately, they contribute to the Plastic Soup swirling around the world’s oceans. See also ‘Beat the Micro Bead’
Those that suffer the most…
Don’t forget to give your hands and lips a scrub ones in a while. These are the body parts that often suffer the most in winter time. The dry winter breeze sucks the moisture right out of your skin. No one wants to smooch scaly lips.
You may want to choose a fruity lip scrub with a nice taste. It's on your lips and it's going to get in your mouth. Let’s not think about how much lipstick the average woman swallows every year. You can also make a lip scrub at home.
The lip scrub works great for dry elbows a well.