It is every person’s desire to have glowing, blemish-free skin. However, flaunting flawless skin requires some work from your side. One needs to be watchful of what one eats, cleanse skin regularly, and most importantly, exfoliate dead skin cells which settle over the top layer of skin periodically and make it look dull.
Our skin continuously replenishes itself. That means old skin cells die and make way for new ones. The problem is they don’t get pushed out by the new skin cells. Instead, they settle where they die, right above the new skin. As a result, they rob the skin of its natural shine and glow. Thus, it’s essential to cleanse the skin and remove dead skin buildup and this process is called exfoliation. The skin on any part of the body may be exfoliated but it’s the skin on the face that needs it the most.
Points to remember while exfoliating your skin
Choose the right product
Choosing the right product is very important for our skin. If you have normal skin, then choose a scrub/exfoliant that is gentle. But if you have sensitive or oily skin, then choose a product that suits your skin type and is made exclusively for skin types like yours. Avoid abrasive products because these can overdo the exfoliation and even damage new skin in the process.
2. Go gentle
The skin on our face is a lot more sensitive than on the rest of the body. So, when you use a scrub on your face, rub gently. Also, super sensitive areas like the under eye must be handled carefully. Never scrub hard, save that for your legs or buttocks.
Some homemade facial scrub ideas
If you want to avoid using products, you can always use natural ingredients to make your own scrub at home.
Mix some organic white sugar with virgin olive oil and voila! You have a scrub ready.
Another excellent scrub for the face and the body is baking soda mixed with water.
Ground coffee seeds mixed with olive oil again, make for an effective homemade scrub.
Exfoliating facial masks
Fruits are a great ingredient for facial masks. The hydroxyl acidic compounds that are present in the fruits act as “glue” to attach all the dead cells on the facial skin together, which can be taken off when the mask dries.
Mash a banana, a piece of papaya, kiwi, pineapple or peach in a blender. Now, add some yogurt or honey to the mixture. Apply to skin, keep on for 15 minutes and rinse with cold water.
Fuller’s Earth or Multani Mitti or Clay also acts as a very good exfoliating agent. Mix it with water or rose water. Apply, let it sit for a while and wash off after 10-15 minutes.