Dead skin cells pile up on the surface of skin leaving it looking dull and dry. Dead skin cells are a huge contributor to clogged pores. Exfoliating is important because it removes dead skin cells that clog the skin and uncovers fresh new cells. This opens the way for moisturizing products to penetrate more deeply into the skin, which makes them more effective. You do not need to purchase expensive exfoliants to get the job done. You can whip up a simple homemade exfoliant that will scrub away those dead skins cells just as effectively. Oatmeal exfoliants are bar none the best. Oatmeal is full of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds and is known for its skin-soothing properties including moisturizing dry skin, providing relief from itching, rashes and other minor skin irritations. Honey provides natural antibacterial and healing properties to soothe and clarify the skin. Coconut oil is a natural nourishing agent for the skin. All you have to do is mix them together creating a nice blended concoction and gently spread on your face evenly. Allow mask to sit for about 10 minutes before washing off thoroughly.
The above exfoliant and cleanser recipes are just two of my personal favorites. There are other recipe combinations that you can hook up. Almond oil and sugar makes for a great softening agent, as does avocado, salt and lemon juice. All of these ingredients make up fantastic exfoliate recipes that scrub away all of those dead cells.
Be mindful, it is only necessary to exfoliate 1-2 times per week. Excessive use of exfoliants can dry out skin and cause redness and even rash. Do not exfoliate if you have skin rash or sunburn. Cleansers and exfoliants are not one in the same. Please do not try to substitute one for the other. In short, a regular exfoliating routine will leave your skin looking fresh and healthy.
Moisturizing is the most important part of maintaining healthy skin right behind cleansing. You must moisturize daily at least twice per day. Morning and night. The best kind of moisturizer for skin is water. Not only should you be drinking lots of it but you should also splash your skin with it on a daily basis. Lukewarm water is preferred. Water provides organic nourishment and hydration that your skin needs. You can do so by using both night and day moisturizers to keep the skin hydrated and relaxed. If like me, you aren’t a fan of the over-the-counter stuff and have the kind of skin that swallows oil like a big fish, you can whip up a homemade moisturizer using Aloe Vera plant gel, Vitamin E and shea butter.
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