Exfoliation – Simple & Cheap Solutions To Smooth Skin !
You can improve your complexion tremendously by exfoliating and sloughing off the old, dead skin cells. Beneficially, should be started at a young age because as we get older, not exfoliating leads to … clogged pores, superficial spots, blackheads or worse, lines and wrinkles. It also contributes to a drab, rough textured skin which doesn’t reflect light.
Why should I exfoliate ?
Exfoliation helps to speed up the process of skin flaking and shedding, by taking off the uppermost, dead layer of cells to expose the finer, more translucent skin underneath. This helps keep your skin younger looking and helps your products work better.
Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Fruit Acid – How do I decide ?
These are all alpha hydroxy acids, and there absolutely are differences between them.
Glycolic Acid has the smallest molecule, so it penetrates deeper and faster than other acids. This makes it the most effective. It also means it has the most potential to irritate the skin.
Lactic Acid is gentler and has skin hydrating benefits as it draws moisture to the skin as it works.
Fruit Acids, are by far the gentlest of the acids and have the least potential to irritate the skin.
Dermatologists often recommend Beta Hydroxy peels for women with acne, as they are better at dissolving oils. Salicylic acid, the most common beta hydroxy will penetrate clogged pores without irritating already inflamed skin.
My Favorite Homemade Exfoliators:
My personal favorite exfoliator is plain old Sugar. We all have this available. Furthermore, it’s cheap, easy & it works. I take a handful of sugar & mix it with a little of my favorite cleanser. Just enough to fill the palm of your hand. Then mix just enough water to moisten it. Then scrub. How gentle or rough you are is up to you. We all have different skin types. You be the judge.
Another favorite of mine is Baking Soda. If you want the glowing skin of a five year old try this ! Baking soda is a finer texture than sugar so you may have to work this in a little more. I mix this with just a tiny bit of water & nothing else. Works great !
Also very popular is the aspirin peel.Aspirin contains salicylic acid, so you do need to be careful with this one. A patch test is highly recommended. This is probably not good choice if you have acne prone or other skin conditions or sensitive skin. You can mix this with anything. I have heard of people mixing this with everything from plain water to witch hazel, facial cleanser & honey.
To do an aspirin peel you would crush 4-5 aspirins. Any cheap drugstore aspirin is fine. Bottles of crushed aspirin are also sold if you can find it. Mix the crushed aspirin with whatever you decide, water, cleanser, some people use honey. I use a little water. Again use your own judgement based on your skin type then you can either use it as a scrub or just let it sit on your skin like a mask. It is not recommended to leave this on for more than 3 minutes as the salicylic acid can be very strong. ** Remember to do a patch test first before trying this ! **