Hello hope everyone’s summer days are going as planned, with nights out under the stars at the beach or on a camping trip. Summer is dawning in on us, meaning the summer sun is also heating up. While it is important to remember to wear sunscreen in the day to protect our everlasting youth, it is also important to prep our skins at night through exfoliation.
Why is it important to exfoliate again?
Exfoliation is a main component to keeping the skin feeling soft and looking youthful by shedding the dead skin on top allowing a new layer to surface. If you have blemished or oily exfoliating your skin can help unclog your pores to allow your skin to breath to prevent future blemishes.
I, myself have oily skin, exfoliating is apart of my weekly skin care regimen. Over time it has brightened my skin tone giving me a glow. I follow up with a virgin oil such as olive oil or coconut oil. These items can be found in your kitchen or at your local grocery store.
Now, why is it important to use exfoliation in the summer?
During the summer, we tend to be out in the sun a lot. Either at the beach or at the local park with friends. Our skin is more prone to drying out and becoming damaged from prolong sun-abuse (haha). As stated above I have oily skin, but if I stay out in the sun for too long my face will feel rough and dry.
When you exfoliate your skin during the summer months make sure to exfoliate at night. Why? If you exfoliate in the morning only to go outside and play with the sun-rays you are actually causing damage to your newly formed skin cells, which could cause a aging look to the skin.
Take a look at what skin-problems exfoliating can take care of:
Exfoliation will destroy acne-causing bacteria,but it could possibly dry out the skin. Make sure to follow up with your favorite moisturizer.
POST-BREAKOUT RED/DARK MARKS
Often, the real concern is not so much the actual blemishes, but rather the red, dark marks that remain on the skin long after the breakout has healed. The key to fading those post-breakout marks is to increase your exfoliation. The more you remove the surface damaged skin tissue, the more you are ridding the skin of the dark marks and encouraging the formation of new healthy (non-scarred) skin tissue. The result is more even-toned skin with less scarring.
Clogged pores aren’t infected blemishes, but rather blackheads, small whiteheads, and little clogged bumps on the skin, often in the T-Zone. The same rules apply as with blemished skins. The more you remove surface dry skin cells the less oil will stay trapped and congested in the pores.
These are the brown spots that come from age, pregnancy, hormonal changes, and genetics. These spots tend to become more apparent and darker as the skin ages. Exfoliation is beneficial for breaking up the pigmented cells to allow them to fade.
Especially in the winter, exfoliation is very important. So often when the skin is dry, we tend to load up on heavier creams to compensate for the dryness. But dry skin means you have dry skin cell buildup. Increase your exfoliation to remove the dry skin cells, and then moisturize the new skin cells, resulting in a moister skin.
How often should you exfoliate?
If I stick by my skin care regimen, I only exfoliate once or twice a week. But depending on your skin tone, you may need to exfoliate more or less than that. It is completely up to you.
Exfoliating the skin, whether the body or face, can be quite inexpensive. If you take a look at your kitchen cabinet you can find the ingredients you need to exfoliate your skin in an cheap and quick way.
Here is my homemade exfoliation treatment:
Olive Oil.. but lately Coconut Oil and Avocado Oil (you can find them here mountainroseherbs.com or at your local whole foods store)
Just mix about a ounce or more of brown sugar (depending on how much sugar you need) with as much oil as you need..rub them together and then gently rub the mixture in a circular motion on your face.
This is the loofah side.
The soft side for lathering your favorite face wash.
Another way I found was just as quick, easy and inexpensive was using the Ecotools dual-side face loofah. One side is soft for lathering up your fave soap wash and the other side is the loofah, for gentle exfoliation. It has become one of my favorite staples in my regimen and it only cost me less than 2 bucks. You can find it in any of your local supermarkets.
Ecotools has always been one of my favorite brands. I am a noob at makeup, but when I do put some foundation on I use the Ecotools makeup brushes. In general their brand is cheap and environmental friendly, which is another big plus.
Have a nice summer in the sun!