Friday, March 16, 2012

Exfoliating Your Face- Ask the Expert: Sabrina

Most women cleanse their face, however tend to overlook how important it is to exfoliate as well. For the average person it is good to exfoliate at least twice a week, however that can vary depending on age and climate. Skin cells tend to have about a 30 day cycle. If old cells build up it can lead to blemishes, flat or dull appearance.  By exfoliating, you are rubbing away the dead layer of skin cells to reveal shiny, brighter skin. So it is possible to exfoliate too harshly and cause damage.

Facial scrubs tend to have tiny granules for scrubbing, be careful to avoid eyes and go in a gentle circular motion. Natural fruit based products are usually a great natural scrub. Or you can make your own scrub with about 2 tbsp of honey and 2 tbsp of sea salt apply to damp face and massage for 1-2 minutes. However if your skin is very dry try to avoid sea salt.

Facial gels are less abrasive and are usually better in cases with acne as it has no granules and is less irritating for the skin.

Also to help in daily exfoliating there are sonic or clarisonic face brushes that range in price from $50-$225 dollars. With these you want to use with a face cleanser and be careful to not press too hard and avoid the sensitive eye area.

Although exfoliating is an important step to add to your facial routine, it is just as important to be sure to use a good moisturizer or face cream afterwards and also apply a facial sunscreen as your skin is more susceptible to the sun. If you notice your skin is drying out too much, try exfoliating only once a week and if it is too oily try every other day!

Thanks and happy bright skin!

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