Take a moment to think about all the products you have used in your bath and shower over the years. Items like deep penetrating bath salts, foaming body gels, luxurious shampoos and the list goes on. But, have you ever incorporated a fabulous sugar scrub into your weekly repertoire? A regular sugar scrub is an absolute must for silky smooth, luminous skin.
Don't just stop at your face when it comes to exfoliating, your body can benefit too.
Sugar scrubs are more than a sumptuous little treat for the skin. Did you know they can actually improve the health of your skin?
As we age, our skin cell’s turnover rate slows down, causing it to look dull and feel slightly rough. A sugar scrub is a body treatment that is specifically created to exfoliate the skin, unclog pores, slough off dead and damaged skin cells, and increase blood circulation to the skin. This promotes the continuous renewal of skin cells to reveal younger, healthier skin that has a natural radiance and is unbelievably soft.
Sugar scrubs are safe for frequent use due to the fine texture of sugar and the moisturizing properties of the butters, oils and botanical extracts. Generally, sugar scrubs should be used one to three times a week. Your skin is your largest organ, and the removal of dead or damaged skin cells through regular exfoliation results in healthier skin. This leads to a noticeable difference in the way your skin looks and feels.
Use in the shower on wet skin. Allow the warm water to moisten your skin for at least five minutes to prepare it for exfoliation. Step out of the running water while you exfoliate. Gather a small amount of sugar scrub (Paw Scrubs come conveniently sized in the shape of a paw for no mess experience) into the palm of your hand and apply to skin. Gently massage onto your arms, legs, torso, shoulders, back and even your derriere using small circular motions, with lighter pressure applied to decolletage and any areas that feel more sensitive. Rinse off with warm water to reveal beautifully cleansed, silky smooth skin.
Since, you are increasing blood circulation, breaking down toxins and encouraging new skin cells to come through, our best advice is to drink lots of herbal teas, plant based juices or filtered water which drains toxins and helps give those new skin cells a “drink from the inside”.
We wanted to share with you one of our herbal Ginger Dandelion Milk Thistle detox tea recipes that we use after exfoliating. This one is a particular favorite of ours... we hope you try it.
We like to make our teas from ingredients that focus on nourishing your liver and other organs involved during the process of detoxifying. Drinking tea has the added benefit of racking up your daily requirement of water intake. General rule of thumb 1/2 your body weight.
Detox teas are safe, however, people with certain health issues such as kidney or liver diseases, anemia or diabetes should always contact their doctor before using them on a regular basis.
Note: Any form of detoxing is also considered unsafe for pregnant women.
Exfoliating dead skin cells from your body is essential for sun tanning and is ideal as a pre-holiday skin boost. By getting rid of dead skin cells your tan will last longer and leave your tan looking more even. Make sure you moisturize and keep your skin protected safely when tanning, and also hydrated your skin through body moisture lotions.
A good tanning regime (whether cream tan or spray tanning) should start with exfoliation. Removing dead skin cells from your body will leave an even and consistent surface to your skin. This will ensure your tan looks amazing and lasts longer.
If your skin is dehydrated or dry, you may find scaly or flaky areas on your skin which would benefit hugely from exfoliation. Once you have exfoliated an area of dry skin you can apply a moisturizer to the new skin cells.
It is important for people with blemished skin to use an exfoliater on the face or body at least twice a week. Whether your acne is mild or more severe, regular exfoliation will smooth and soften the skin and brighten your complexion. It also helps reduce breakouts by keeping the pores from becoming clogged dead cells and sebum (skin oil).
We would suggest removing dead cells while keeping the skin clean and hydrating with a good moisturizing lotion – lighter than a cream – making sure that you apply the lotion with
clean hands to prevent bacterial infection and spots.
Post-Breakout, Red and Dark Marks
After having a blemish on the skin there can sometimes be a dark mark left for a while. The best way to fade these dark marks is to exfoliate twice a week to remove those damaged skin cells and encourage new healthy skin tissue to grow through.
If you suffer from clogged pores, exfoliation helps to draw out congestion, otherwise known as blackheads and whiteheads. Most common areas for breakouts are the nose, chin and forehead.
Pigmentation is the dark areas that come from age, pregnancy and changes in your hormonal balance. These areas tend to become more apparent and darker as the skin ages. Exfoliation is beneficial for breaking up pigmented cells, encouraging them to fade. Regular targeted facials at your salon are also good to help promote healthy skin reproductions, helping these areas to fade.
When you have your legs or bikini line waxed you are pulling the hair from the root. Even though the hair will eventually grow back weaker, it sometimes cannot pierce through the skin and a red spot will appear around the hair. This is an ingrown hair – Exfoliation the area you will remove dead skin and allow the hair to break through the skin.
When placing makeup over dead skin cells, the makeup will not just miraculously blend into the skin’s surface. It will sit on top. We call this the ‘layering effect’. As a result, fine lines can be magnified. By removing the dead cells, wrinkles are less-pronounced. Ultimately, exfoliating fights the aging process… or at least it hides it!
Allows Products to be Absorbed
The reason that exfoliating is so crucial to your skin’s well being is because without it, all of the other steps in your skincare routine will not be as effective. If the pores are blocked, all of the other skincare products that you use won’t be able to successfully penetrate the deeper layers of your skin. By removing dirt, a rich moisturizer can provide the depths of your skin with the best nourishment.
General Health and Well Being
When you exfoliate the body you are increasing the blood circulation and lymphatic system which is very beneficial for the body, this helps encourage new skin cells, breaks down
fatty tissues, and breaks down and drains toxins from the skin. After exfoliating the skin is left beautifully soft ready to absorb a good moisturizer.
In addition to using a body scrub, you can also try dry brushing. It’s one of the easiest and most effective ways to exfoliate the body. Start with a soft, dry brush (we suggest a Jute brush) before bathing or showering, so you can rinse off after you’re done.
Use circular motions working from your toes up, and move your strokes toward the heart. Once you reach your midsection, start over at the neck, and brush down, again using circular motions. Over the stomach, go left to right—that’s the natural flow of your digestion.
When you’re finished, your skin should be slightly red, but not irritated or painful. Follow with a natural moisturizer like our Nourishing Body Whip and your skin will be positively
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