THE ART OF EXFOLIATION

I have been wanting to do a quick little post on this for a while and I’m SO happy to finally squeeze in some time between all my reviews to do this!! Skincare is my TRUE passion and helping people achieve their most beautiful skin in the most nontoxic way is always my ultimate goal. I always tell my clients that the key to beautiful skin is to HYDRATE, TREAT AND EXFOLIATE, and right now we are going to talk all about exfoliation.

Ok so lets dive right in, there are SO many different ways to exfoliate, and many people think that exfoliating means rubbing some grainy paste all over our face once a week to rub off dead skin cells, but it’s really so so so much more than that. I am going to introduce you to a whole new world of exfoliating and different ways to do it, AND how much you should be doing it-which is super important!! But first, why is exfoliating so important? Exfoliating is removing the dead skin cells off the skin’s surface, and when those dead cells build up they cause the skin to look dull, rough, dry and also results in clogged pores and acne. When you exfoliate correctly you are opening the pathway for your serums, oils, and moisturizers to penetrate deeper and actually do their job properly!! Now, how often you should exfoliate depends on your skin type and what you are using to do so. Common ways of exfoliating are the clarisonic, konjac sponge, face scrubs and masks, and peels. We are going to use my skin type as an example. My skin type is combination with mild acne issues and I use my Clarisonic twice (yes twice) a day, a mask twice a week and my exfoliating cleanser twice a day. Now I know that sounds like a lot but for me it works and if I skip a day, I can actually feel how different the texture of my skin feels and I can’t stand it!! Trust me, if you are dealing with acne issues, exfoliating everyday will help immensely!! So below are a few of my favorite exfoliating products and then I will get into why.

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Clarisonic Mia: I hear a lot of people say this is too rough for their skin and if you have really sensitive skin that may be so, but the “Mia” model is rather gentle as some of the more pricier models are a little more super-charged and may be too rough. I LOVE my Clarisonic and literally use it twice a day, everyday! The brush head is soft and ideal for any skin type, even sensitive and you can even purchase different brush heads for different skin concerns. The price point for the “Mia” is much more acceptable than her much more expensive older sister! Though there are cheaper versions of this on the market, I don’t recommend them because the power just isn’t there. Look at this as a true investment, my last one lasted me five years and I only replaced brush heads every few months!! Retail: $99, http://www.nordstrom.com

Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay: This mask is a serious game changer and one of my absolute favorite ways of exfoliating. It is compromised of one ingredient, bentonite clay which pulls the impurities out of your skin. If you have acne issues this mask will be your best friend, when you apply you will feel it tighten, itch and tingle which means it’s working! After you remove it your skin will be slightly pink which means the blood is circulating and those impurities were really brought up to the surface and the results are smooth, plump, and brighter skin! I like to mix this clay with organic green tea for an extra antioxidant boost, its sooooo good for your skin! I recommend using this mask twice a week for maximum results, but if you have sensitive skin I would steer clear of this one! Retail: $9.50 http://www.amazon.com

Leahlani Honey Love 3-in-1 Cleanser, Mask & Exfoliator: It’s no secret that I love all of Leah’s products, but when I want a good face scrub, this is what I reach for. You can use this as a mask as well but I just love massaging the little crystals into my skin, it feels so good! This mask is made of Organic raw Hawaiian honey, an essential oil blend and these magical little Corundum crystals which exfoliate your skin ever so gently but SO effectively. I like using this in the morning, it wakes my skin up nicely and gives me a nice smooth canvas for makeup application! Retail: $34 http://www.leahlaniskincare.com

Pacific Skincare Exfoliating Cleanser: This gem is my new favorite and I love using it with my Clarisonic in the evening. Made with Manuka honey, and adzuki bean powder which gives it the softer scrubbing application, this cleanser is really gentle and I think would work great for those who want a softer exfoliation on a daily basis. I honestly don’t even bother with cream cleansers anymore, I always go for something that will exfoliate my skin a bit, and this one fits the bill perfectly! Retail: $48 http://www.tnbotanicals.com

I hope this helps to show you just how important and effective exfoliating is in your skin care routine. Taking that extra time for your weekly masks and daily scrubs will make you so thankful in the long run, remember your skin needs to be maintained too! 😉 If you have any questions about the products I mentioned or help with your own exfoliating routine don’t hesitate to contact me! Have a great week free birds!!

 

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