Scrub a dub dub…

A day of Soaps & Salts

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What’s better than that fresh and light feeling you get after you’ve scrubbed all of those dead skin cells off your face, right!?

Here’s why that is… As skin cells migrate to the surface of the skin they build up and die, clogging pores and creating a “crust”, if you will. Beneath that dull, lifeless skin you see on the surface, lies youthful, vibrant skin. So as we exfoliate the skin, below, we find that soft, silky and supple skin we seek!

Exfoliation is an essential part of any skin care regimen in order to promote cell turnover and keep the skin youthful and healthy. But like any good thing, if used in excess, it can over-dry the skin and create problems, like breakouts.

Exfoliation at home should be done 2-3 times a week, tops. Make sure that if you’re using a mechanical scrub that the granules are completely round. Some almond or other nut scrubs on the market are irregular in shape and they can cause scarring of the pores by making them larger or stretching them, thus, allowing for dirt and oil to get trapped.

The same applies for any at-home alpha-hydroxy acids or beta-hydroxy acids. These are chemical exfoliants that are basically put on the skin and left to do its “chemical” work. Rather than you mechanically moving anything around the skin to slough the dead skin cells off, the acids eat away at the dead skin cells, and remove them that way.

Keep in mind that while exfoliation is one of the key components to maintaining youthful skin, whatever you take away you MUST replenish. As you cleanse and exfoliate your skin, you are also removing a natural protective layer, that if left vulnerable, can be invaded by bacteria. Always apply a good moisturizer with SPF after cleansing or exfoliating.

While its essential to exfoliate regularly to keep the skin fresh, having a Professional Chemical Peel or Microdermabrasion Treatment every 4-6 weeks is just as important. It’s during these treatments that underlying issues can be addressed and taken care of before they reach the surface.

Preservation is the key to maintaining youthful skin at any age 🙂

Never attempt to use professional grade products at home, as, if used inappropriately, it will burn and scar the skin.

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2 thoughts on “Scrub a dub dub…

  1. Hi Rebecca,

    Well, I’m sure you’ve exfoliated before, you just didn’t know it 😉 What I mean, is even when we shave our legs or have our eyebrows waxed, we are exfoliating… we’re removing some of that top, dead, layer of skin.

    That being said, I definitely don’t want you to run and shave or wax your face! So, here is what I recommend. Start simple and mild. Since you’ve never used an exfoliant before, you have to be extra cautious since you don’t know how your skin will react.
    I recommend Burt’s Bees Peach and Willowbark Deep Pore Scrub. This is one of my favorites for starters. You should be able to find it at your local drug store or for easy internet access you can check out the amazon link posted on the “Some of my favorite things” post, on this blog. Its a great starting point and should do the trick :). If for some reason you are unable to find it or have further questions, please don’t hesitate to email me at AskChasingTwenty@gmail.com.

    ~Elle

  2. Hi Elle. I have never exfoliated my skin before and have no idea what type of product to use or where to purchase..can you please help?

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