Your Most Beautiful Skin is Hiding Under Layers of Dead Cells – Yuck!

exfoliationYour most beautiful skin is trying to shine through! But, with layers of dead skin cells covering it up – your skin may be making you look older than you are.

I asked skincare experts to share their best tips for exfoliating to remove those dead skin cells, giving you clear pores, an even skin tone and more youthful looking skin. Here are three that I thought you’d really enjoy:

Tip #1: Slough Off the Years

Exfoliate 2-3 times per week using either a physical exfoliant like a microderm scrub or using a hydroxyacid based peel (like an at home fruit acid peel). Be sure to use something made specifically for faces and avoid things like crushed seeds as they can produce micro-tears in your skin. Exfoliating keeps skin young, fresh and smooth, promotes reduction in discoloration and uneven skin tone and keeps pores clear. Just remember to always wear sunscreen to protect your fresh skin!

— Kristin Miller, Garden Girl Skin Care, www.gardengirlskincare.com

Tip #2: Always Exfoliate!

Exfoliation is a vital part of skin health and to prevent skin aging, enabling the skin to breathe and perform at its best in addition to looking toned and healthy. Exfoliation, a nourishing moisturizer with sunscreen and a soothing stain body spray, can be the basis of quality skin care. For those who will be tanning in the sun this summer, it is good to do a thorough exfoliation at least once a month to provide a clean palate (skin) for tanning to be most effective. Data has shown an individual will lose 50 to 100+ lbs of dead skin cells in a lifetime (some reports have stated the average person will shed 1.5 lbs of dead skin cells each year). A microdermabrasion is a mechanical exfoliation, that is important to have done every so often. I recommend this cosmetic technique because of all of the skin benefits that come from it including the decrease of hyperpigmentation, photo-damage, fine lines, wrinkles, and acne scarring.

— Dr. Howard Sobel, www.drsobel.com

Tip #3: Exfoliate and Moisturize – A Recipe

For a total body spa treatment – Mix 1/4 Cup coarse sea salt with either olive oil or sesame oil until it makes a thick paste. Add any one of the following herb/essential oil combinations:

  • 1/2 teaspoon each chopped fresh rosemary, mint and sage
  • 20 – 30 drops sandalwood essential oil
  • 20 – 30 drops of lavender essential oil. May also combine rose oil as well.

Use the mixture to scrub your body in the shower. The salt exfoliates and the oil and herb mix moisturizes the skin. Be sure to have non-slip footing in your tub/shower and clean the oil off the tub/shower to prevent the next person from slipping. Store any unused portion in a jar in the fridge to be used within 2 weeks.

— Marcia Misiorski, Acupuncturist/Owner, Dragonfly Moon, www.dragonflymoon.org

I thank our featured experts, Kristin, Dr. Soble and Marcia for these tips!

What do you do to exfoliate your skin and leave it smooth and youthful looking? Share your tips by leaving a comment below – or click the Facebook button to share these tips and your own with your friends.

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