A build-up of dead skin cells will give your face and body a dull complexion and flaky itchy skin. Luckily, exfoliating the skin on your face and body twice a week is all it takes to slough off that dead skin and reveal the glowing, smooth and soft complexion hidden underneath.
Tools of the Trade
Forget about overpriced gadgets and odd looking body poufs. The best tools for exfoliating your skin are simple ones that you probably already have on hand. A basic washcloth, a dry brush, and your own hands are your best friends when it comes to exfoliating your face and body.
Use your hands to apply and massage your facial exfoliator. When it comes to your body, start by using the dry brush before you get into the shower. Start at your feet and work your way up your body. Scrubbing your skin before you get your skin wet will help your home spa exfoliation products work better. Once you’re in the shower, use a simple washcloth to scrub your exfoliating product into your skin.
When it comes to choosing an exfoliation product, you’ll want to stick with a brand you can trust, in order to ensure a good experience that won’t over dry your skin. Try Olive Essence’s Organic Velvet Scrub for your body, since it doesn’t contain any harsh ingredients, and Olive Essence’s Organic Face Scrub for an anti-aging treat that will leave your face looking its absolute best.
- Avoid exposing your skin to the cold winter wind. If you must be outside- wear gloves, scarves and warm shoes.
- Do not take long hot baths too often, because hot water will dry your skin even more. Instead take a quick warm shower.
- Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! As soon as you get out of the shower, pat your skin dry and apply body butter, lotion, or cream (whatever you like better) on damp skin for better absorption.
- Try staying out of the sun and always use a sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection. Even in the winter and even if you don’t stay outside for too long.
- Always use non-soap cleanser for your face. And avoid harsh soaps for the body.
Bad habits are called so for a reason. Have you ever heard of the term “smoker face”? Yes, it has been proven that people who had smoked for over 10 years have skin that makes them look older than they really are. Smoking helps the wrinkles attack your face, because you have no defense against them, as smoking cigarettes causes a reduction in the availability of oxygen (which is necessary for all living cells) and the removal of waste products, dead cell fragments etc… which provide the necessary environment for regeneration.
Alcohol and aging are related in several ways and one of the worst is the depletion of calcium caused by drinking. Excessive drinking also harms the body and deteriorates the Vitamin A supply, which helps in generating new skin cells and replacing the dead cells. Alcohol destroys the human defense system, so your skin becomes more vulnerable to infections and bacteria.
A deficiency in oxygen and other essential nutrients allows the development of free radicals which are very harmful for the skin. These free radicals can slowly cause damage to the collagen and elastin contents which are the primary components of healthy and firm skin. This results in the appearance of fine lines and premature wrinkles.
Tell your kids about the effects of smoking and drinking, because these habits are most likely to start developing among teenagers of 15-16 years old. And as for smoking, it takes about 10 years to show its harm on your skin. Roughly speaking, if your child starts smoking at the age of 15, he/she will look 30 at the age of 25.
Take care of yourself and your skin: