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 | June 13, 2012

The case for facial scrubs.

WE all want our skin to look fabulous and gorgeous every time; yet we seldom think about the monumental task our skin goes through just to keep us happy.

The skin is our first line of defence against environmental stressors and a hectic lifestyle. It works hard regenerating new cells every day so you’ll be able to have a radiant complexion even after pulling an all-nighter at work the day before.

At least 50,000 dead skin cells are shed every minute just to maintain a balanced and healthy skin. But what happens when some of those dead skin cells don’t slough off as well as they should? Here’s where your problem starts, as those dead skin can clog pores, create white bumps and uneven skin tone.

The gentle removal of skin’s dead layers can easily be done by exfoliating. Pick a favourite face scrub, one with grains as fine as sand, and gently massage them onto skin. In a minute or two, voila! A new skin is revealed, one that is healthier and feels smoother. You may be tempted to exfoliate everyday, but that may not be a good idea. The aim of scrubbing is to leave skin feeling softer and smoother, not red and irritated.

To this end, the type of exfoliator you choose is important. Avoid harsh scrubs that have huge, coarse grains (such as apricot kernels) which can create tiny tears on skin’s surface. This will do you more harm than good in the long run. Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant (rice based) and Fresh Sugar Face Polish (with real brown sugar) are kind to skin without irritating it.

If you don’t like the feel of grains on your face, then opt for gentle skin peelers, such as Living Nature Cleansing Clay Peel or Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Sensitive. The Body Shop Tea Tree Exfoliating Pads makes exfoliating easy with ready-to-use cotton pads that need to be wiped over the face. Alternatively, you can use a gentle face cloth with your cleanser to help slough dead skin away. It works just as well.


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