Beauty Tip: Exfoliate

We all want radiant, glowing skin.  Most of us will never have it without putting in some serious effort.  Exfoliating is an easy way to make your skin look and feel better.

Scrub Away:  Regular exfoliation can help the appearance of skin’s overall texture as well as fine lines.  If you have dry patches or areas that look kind of dull, exfoliate.  If you suspect you’re not getting your skin 100% clean, exfoliating can make a difference in getting leftover makeup, etc. out of your pores.

For Your Face:  Find a good exfoliating scrub.  For a more intense exfoliation experience, find something that says “dermabrasion” – those are usually more “scrubby”.  You can also use loofah discs.  Earth Therapeutics makes a good one.  Clarisonic and other “facial cleansing systems” can help you with mild exfoliating, if you use the right replacement heads.

For Your Body:  You might be able to use the stuff you use on your face, but you can shop around and find decent body scrubs lots of places, including Bath & Body Works.  To save money and be more eco-friendly, buy some exfoliating gloves or mitts.  These are often sold at Dollar Tree and other discount stores.

For Your Feet:  Use a pumice stone or paddle to scrub away dead skin on feet.  For more problematic dry skin, soak your feet first. If you don’t have time for foot soaking, just wait until the end of your shower, or plug the drain so the water is filling up the bathtub while you shower.  The skin will be easier to scrub off.

Don’t Over-Do It:  Exfoliation should only be a once or twice a week event.  If you have sensitive or problem skin, proceed with extreme caution.  If you’re using an acne treatment product, your skin may be more sensitive than usual and exfoliating could irritate it.  Also, keep in mind that exfoliating can make you more prone to sunburn, so always wear sunblock or a lotion with SPF built in.

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