Scrub Up

Skin cells are produced on an ongoing basis, resulting in old, dead cells being sloughed off. Exfoliating as part of a daily skin care routine helps to remove these dead cells, encourage production of fresh, new ones, and boost circulation to the skin surface to supply oxygen-rich blood to nourish skin cells. What’s more, the increased blood flow to the skin encourages collagen and elastin production. Skipping this vital part of your skin care regime can lead to a dull and lacklustre complexion and the need for more expensive beauty treatments.

Tips for adding exfoliation to your skin care routine:

  • Start with moist skin – if it’s too dry, your skin may become red and irritated.
  • Massage the exfoliant into the skin very gently in circular motions.
  • When you’ve finished, rinse with lukewarm water – never too hot or cold, especially if you’re prone to reddening or broken capillaries.
  • Always moisturise well afterwards – many women enjoy the tight, squeaky clean feeling that exfoliation can create, but this won’t help wrinkles or moisture levels of the skin.
  • Use the finest, gentlest exfoliating agents as harsh ones can strip skin of natural moisture and irritate the upper layer.
  • People with broken capillaries (‘spider veins’) should take extra care when exfoliating, as should those with sensitive skin.
  • Never exfoliate close to the eyes, as skin here is very delicate and can easily be damaged.
  • Don’t exfoliate more than twice a week, especially if skin is dry and sensitive.
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