One of the many important facets of taking care of your skin during the winter time is exfoliation. Many women believe simply buying a facial loofah or using some exfoliating scrubs on their face is appropriate, but Vine Vera is here to tell you to forgo that method and we want to teach you the right way to exfoliate. Yes, there is a right and a wrong way to go about it – that is, if you care about the appearance, health, and beauty of your skin.
Allow us to give you some advice on what you should be using as opposed to what you shouldn’t use, and point you in the right direction.
What You Shouldn’t Use to Exfoliate Facial Skin
As mentioned above, facial loofah’s, rough scrubs, and other harsh, abrasive components have no place in a facial exfoliation routine. They can damage the skin, cause drying of the skin, irritation, and redness, as well as skin infection. There are other much better, more gentle and even effective methods of exfoliation that we will discuss below.
What You Should Use to Exfoliate Facial Skin
Products such as exfoliating gels and peels are the number one choice for exfoliation practices when it comes to your face. They are easily applied, and gently removed, without causing irritation, damage, redness, or drying of the skin. You should always opt for products which have as many natural or even organic components as possible, because it’s overall better for your skin. There are plenty of brands to choose from, but choosing one that has a good reputation and that has been proven to work with quality ingredients is the best method you could opt for.
How to Exfoliate Properly Using a Facial Mask or Peel
Most masks and peels simply require you to apply them to the face, and either allow them to sit and dry and then be peeled gently from the skin, or rinsed off in warm water. You will need to follow the instructions that come with your particular product to get the maximum benefit of the product and for effectiveness.
What You Should Use to Exfoliate Body Skin
You can opt for the use of a loofah or body scrub with body skin, but you will need to be sure you don’t overwork your skin and always do it gently. Moving a loofah in small circles enables the skin to become revitalized and removes the dead skin gently and effectively, rather than roughly dragging the loofah across your skin. You can use scrubs, but it’s always best to use something organic or to even make your own. For a quick and easy exfoliating scrub, follow the below recipe that will leave your skin soft, smooth, and refreshed:
- 1/4 C Raw Sugar, Turbinado Sugar or Coconut Sugar
- 1/4 C Organic Coconut Oil
- A drop or two of vanilla extract or an essential oil you love the scent of
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Add to a small container with a lid. Use about a teaspoon at a time on a soft washcloth or directly from hand to body. In circular motions, exfoliate all of the skin. Rinse with warm water. Enjoy your fresh, revitalized skin!
If you follow the instructions for proper exfoliation here in this article, you will notice a big improvement in your skin. And as always, after exfoliation, don’t forget to wear sunscreen outdoors – even in the winter months – and moisturize well.