Exfoliation is a crucial part of one’s anti-aging regimen. Exfoliating means getting rid of dead skin cells that have piled up on the skin’s surface thereby giving way to newer and live skin cells. Your skin would then be showing its natural radiance and sport a smoother look and feel!
Exfoliation also removes dirt and impurities and aids in cell renewal. If you want to avoid tired and dull skin, be sure to exfoliate at least twice or thrice a month.
Keep these tips in mind when exfoliating!
- Go gentle on exfoliators. – You should see to it that you stay away from too harsh exfoliators. Using them can actually damage your skin especially facial skin. It’s great to use crushed and ground nut shells, salt as well as sugar on the body but these can be too rough for your face. There are quite a lot of natural ingredients that you can whip up to use as a face exfoliator. You can use oatmeal with a touch of Argan oil to slough off dead skin cells on the face as this concoction is gentle. There are also ready made exfoliators available in the market. Look for ingredients such as bamboo or jojoba beads.
- Be mindful of your scrubbing. – Whether you are applying the scrub on your face or any part of the body, you should see to it that you don’t overdo the rubbing. The keyword in exfoliating is gentle. The exfoliation scrub is already effective on its own. All you need to do is offer assistance by massaging the scrub gently using a circular motion. Rinse off all the scrub with water.
- Go for exfoliators with fruit acids. – If you’re shopping for an exfoliator, it is best to pick one that has natural fruit acids or more popularly referred to as AHAs or Alpha Hydroxy Acids. Wondering why AHAs are important? AHAs actually have the power to break down skin cells that are already dead or dull. This triggers your skin cells to renew at a faster rate which means you’ll be sporting a skin that looks and feels softer, smoother and more even out. You may also go for exfoliators with papaya extract as it has the ability to control oily skin and exfoliate effectively dry skin.
Aside from exfoliating regularly, you should always wear sunscreen. No matter what the weather or the season may be, applying sunscreen especially when heading outdoors is a must. Choose a sunscreen with at least SPF 30 on regular days and at least SPF 45 when heading to the beach or doing outdoor activities and with both UVA and UVB protection. UV rays not only are the number one culprit of early skin ageing, they also can cause skin cancer.
To boost your protection against harmful UV rays, apply antioxidant-packed moisturisers on the skin right before applying sunscreen. Moisturisers rich in antioxidants like Argan oil would have the power to neutralise UV-induced free radicals before they can do damage!
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