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Before a snake sheds, they demonstrate a distinct change in behavior and physical appearance. They become cranky, defensive, unpredictable, and aggressive. Their skin becomes dull and lackluster, their eyes cloudy, their vision impaired. They need to be in a stress-free environment without much human contact. Those of us who have not exfoliated for a while may know the feeling. With age comes the slow down of cell turnover and dead skin cells can make for a dull complexion. Exfoliating the face and body help to get rid of dead layers of skin and allows lotions and serums to better penetrate the deep layers of skin. Here are some tips for proper exfoliation.
Exfoliating the Face
Here are some tips for maximizing your facial exfoliating experience:
- Exfoliate in the morning. Because your skin repairs itself at night, the morning is the best time for removing the results.
- Exfoliate once a week. After seeing the results of a good exfoliation, it may be tempting to do it every day, however, over -exfoliation can be harmful to the skin. For gentle exfoliation, don’t use a product with harsh granules that can tear the skin. Rub the exfoliator for 30 seconds on the skin using a circular motion. Rinse with lukewarm water.
- Mix a small amount of your facial scrub into your cleanser to multitask.
Retinols and Acids
If you want to go for the hard stuff, you can exfoliate using chemical peels, beta alpha hydroxy pads, and microdermabrasion. Salicylic acid can help with acne, and glycolic acid can help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Retinoids are also a recommended way to boost cell turnover and exfoliate skin.
Elbows are a common problem spot for dry skin. When you notice scaly elbows, cut off the toes on a pair of thick socks, and rub a thick moisturizer on your elbows. Slip the sock over your arms and go to sleep. You should wake up to noticeably smoother elbows.
To keep your feet smooth, slough off rough skin with a pumice stone, spending about a minute on each foot, making sure to scrub around your toes and your whole heel.
How to Do:
Facial Exfoliation For Normal Skin
- Invest in a mild facial scrub. Dermatologists warn against scrubs containing seeds or pits as the active exfoliating agent. Jojoba beads and sugar are a safer choice. Apply the scrub to your skin once a week using small circular motions.
- Follow up with an oscillating skin care brush and a gentle cleanser.
- Use a glycolic mask every seven days according to directions on the package. Glycolic masks get their power from mild acids such as alpha hydroxy acid and beta hydroxy acid.
- Follow up exfoliation with a moisturizer to reduce future redness and drying.
Facial Exfoliation For Oily Skin
- Oily skin can usually stand up to daily exfoliation. Those with oily skin can probably tolerate a scrub or skin care brush daily.
- Use glycolic pads to remove excess oil.
- Apply moisturizer and sunscreen. It is always a good idea to apply sunscreen after any type of exfoliation. Newer skin cells are more vulnerable to sun damage than older ones.
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