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Why and How You Should Exfoliate for Natural Skin Health in the Spring

Regardless of how many birthdays you’ve seen or your skin type, it simply isn’t enough to wash and moisturize your face each day. There’s an important step in the middle called exfoliation, and there is definitely a right way and a wrong way to exfoliate.

These are the benefits of exfoliation and some tips for exfoliating your skin naturally to shake off those dead skin cells from winter and put a fresh face forward this spring.

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Purpose of Exfoliating

It is totally normal and natural for your skin to shed old skin cells, but this process tends to slow down with age. Exfoliation helps speed up this process by removing rough cells on the surface of the skin to make way for newer and healthier skin underneath. You can exfoliate skin by either physical or chemical means, and some methods are harsher on sensitive skin than others.

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Benefits of Skin Exfoliation

When dead skin cells build up and aren’t shed away on a regular basis, you’re more likely to experience clogged pores, dryness, dullness, and wrinkles that are more noticeable. When you exfoliate the skin of your face and body on a regular basis, you will help unclog pores, control excess oil, soften the skin’s texture, and brighten up the skin’s natural tone. This is also a more effective way for getting rid of dirt and grime that builds up on the skin than just solely washing it.

How to Exfoliate the Right Way

You’ll find dozens of exfoliating products packed with chemicals on pharmacy shelves, but you don’t need chemicals at all to get a good exfoliating scrub. For example, you can try using exfoliating gloves, dry brushing, a loofah, or specialized skin care brushes to exfoliate without any chemical products at all. Just make sure to use physical exfoliators very gently and start with just once or twice per week to gauge your sensitivity level.

We also recommend using a therapeutic skin ointment rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, such as Seagate Smooth Skin, to restore healthy skin after exfoliating.

Best Natural Exfoliators

There are many wonderful homemade scrub recipes that only use natural ingredients and leave chemicals out of the equation entirely.

Honey is a good ingredient in natural exfoliators because it has humectant properties and is hydrating too. Meanwhile, lemon has exfoliating benefits, and it’s easy to mix lemon juice into DIY recipes. The lactic acid in plain yogurt makes this food a good choice in exfoliating recipes, as well as sugar since it is a source of natural glycolic acid. Other natural exfoliating ingredients to look for in recipes are oats, apple cider vinegar, baking soda, rice, and coffee.

Here’s a sample recipe to get you in the mood for better skin health this spring:

Natural Lemon & Sugar Exfoliating Scrub

INGREDIENTS:

  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • Several drops of an essential oil of your choice

DIRECTIONS:

  • Heat coconut oil in the microwave for a few seconds.
  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
  • Allow to cool and store in a container.
  • Apply mixture to skin with a washcloth during your morning shower to feel energized and exfoliated!
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