Exfoliation: For Facial "GLOW"

Exfoliation: For Facial "GLOW"

Using a face scrub may seem straightforward, but it turns out, there’s a right and wrong way to rid your face of dead skin cells. From the order that you apply a scrub with your other products, to the pressure you apply, there’s more to it than meets the eye. So let's get started with how to get our facial "GLOW"!

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Why Do I Need To Exfoliate My Face?

As you remember, exfoliating is an extremely effective way to slough off dead skin cells. When the skin is not properly exfoliated, dead skin cells will "stack up" and give your complexion a dull appearance. Pigmented areas will appear darker, and fine lines and wrinkles will seem deeper. It also helps skin be more prepared for serums and moisturizers to penetrate properly, and give us that overall "GLOW" that we're looking for. 

How Should I Exfoliate My Face?

Wash your face before you exfoliate. It's important that your face be clean from all makeup and other environmental pollutants that attach to our skin throughout the day.

After removing makeup with a proper cleanser, use lukewarm water and gently apply the scrub in circular motions, avoiding your eye area. 

When exfoliating the face, neck, and decolletage area, always use lukewarm water first.

The softer the touch the better—let the product do the work!

What Should I Use To Exfoliate My Face?

You want to use small granules that are not too abrasive. Too large of a granule can actually cause damage to the tissue. I lean towards a small granule for most skin types, and I prefer extremely fine granules and enzymes for delicate and sensitive skin types. Our Sugar Scrubz are made from fine granules of vegan fair trade sugar, and are mixed with sweet almond oil which allows them to roll around on skin's surface without causing damage. 

Other great (Natural) exfoliates:

  • Oatmeal
  • Ground Coffee
  • Fruit Seeds (like strawberry seeds)
  • Baking Soda
  • Salt (use caution)
  • Loofah

 

How Often  Should I Exfoliate My Face?

This is completely dependent on the individual's skin type. Our skin changes day to day due to changing hormone levels, therefore your routine may change. If you're just starting out, begin with once per week and increase up to 3 times per week depending your on skin tolerance. 

 

What Should I Avoid When Exfoliating My Face?

  • Never tug or rub downward on the skin!
  • Ground Nuts (That are too abrasive)- walnut, almond, and other nut shells can some times have sharp edges that create small, microscopic, cuts on skin's surface and can cause serious damage!
  • Never use exfoliates with Microbeads!!!- microbeads seemingly disappear down our drains, but reappear in oceans, rivers and lakes. Microbeads attach to fish, plant life and other organisms. Fish consume them, and the microbeads are absorbed into their bodies. They attach to the tissue of larger fish, and the humans who eat these fish ingest the microbeads as a result, creating a toxic chain reaction. What's more, the particles in microbeads can exist in the environment for years.
  • "Overexfoliating"- strips the skin of natural oils thereby causing irritation and inflammation. Overstripped skin can backfire and then cause excess oil production, triggering breakouts. Other consequences can be oversensitivity, redness, bumps and even peeling.

There you go! Everything you need to now to start facial exfoliation! You'll be "Glowing" in no time if you follow the steps I provided! Stay tuned for the next installment in our exfoliation series. We'll be covering our lower regions next, including feet, legs, and thighs!

If you're looking for some All-Natural face exfoliates that are non-abrasive and easy to use, check out what The Butter Bar has to offer here: Butter Bar Facial Care

If You Are Looking for DIY's and At-Home Face Scrub recipes, I Got You! here: DIY Skincare on Pinterest


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