Fix Your Face: The Exfoliation Edition.

24 Mar

Exfoliating is one of the best and cheapest ways to keep your skin looking fresh and healthy. Adult skin naturally renews itself every 28 days, shedding the old nasty, dingy looking skin cells for fresh new ones. It is recommended that most adults exfoliate 1-2 times per week, of course this will all depend on the individual. I exfoliate 2x a day and I am sure many doctors would ‘red flag’ me but it works for me and who knows it may work for you. Some people can only handle every other day or even once a week. Whatever you do just be gentle to your skin, don’t pull, don’t tug and don’t rub extra hard. Your face skin is super delicate and many of those grainy scrubs can actually put small punctures in your skin if you are not careful.

Back in the in the Middle Ages, wine and tartic acid were used as an exfoliate combination. These days more common types of exfoliates are mirco-bead facial scrubs, crushed nut shell pastes, sugar based scrubs, salt based scrubs and abrasive things like loofahs and/or brushes. All of those types of exfoliates would be considered abrasive and should be used with caution by people who have super sensitive skin or acne issues. Some non abrasive types of exfoliation are chemical in nature. Those include, salicylic acid, glycolic acid and fruit enzymes. If you do choose to use a chemical form of exfoliation be sure you are using sunscreen at all times. These products will make some people’s skin sensitive and some people will have no issue. This, like many things in life is all subjective. What works for some will not work for others, it is all trial and error.

Luckily for us animal loving veg heads you can find everything I talked about above in cruelty-free forms. St. Ives just released a non-abrasive Exfoliating Pad that is full of fruit enzymes and vitamins, kind of like a mini-peel in a pad. Works like an Oxy type pad, use it twice a day and in a week you have better skin. I have seen lots of those type things popping up, be sure whatever you choose contains natural ingredients. Freeman Feeling Beautiful also makes an amazing smelling grapefruit face scrub that uses sugar as the exfoliate, it is not too harsh yet it works. I have attached a few links below to some products that are tried and true and well as some new ones, none have been tested on animals πŸ™‚

http://www.freemanbeauty.com/product/exfoliating-scrub-grapefruit-facial Freeman Grapefruit Scrub.

http://www.amazon.com/St-Ives-Scrub-Free-Exfoliating-Pads/dp/B0078H4ZVS St Ives Non Abrasive Exfoliating Pads.

http://www.skinlaboratory.com/salicylic-acid-20 Skin Laboratory Salicylic Acid Peel.

http://www.amazon.com/Derma-0690-derma-Microdermabrasion-Scrub/dp/B0000CCW1N DermaE Microdermabrasion.

And See How A Little Papaya Can Help Courtesy Of Prakriri Herbals…

http://prakritiherbals.wordpress.com/2012/03/24/papaya-aloevera-facepack-reduces-acnepigmentationdryness-and-adds-a-glow/

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10 Responses to “Fix Your Face: The Exfoliation Edition.”

  1. prakritiherbals March 24, 2012 at 11:53 am #

    True-exfoliation works wonders for the skin-you could even exfoliate with ripe papaya-really gives you such a lovely glow πŸ™‚

    • Author March 24, 2012 at 12:01 pm #

      Very true, I have heard the enzymes in papaya are great for the skin.
      Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

      • prakritiherbals March 24, 2012 at 12:03 pm #

        Just did a post on papaya aloevera DIY facemasks πŸ™‚

      • Author March 24, 2012 at 4:48 pm #

        Just edited the post and added your link πŸ˜‰

  2. Lauren H May 15, 2014 at 2:11 pm #

    I didn’t think St. Ives was cruelty free? :\

    • Veggie Fitness November 7, 2014 at 6:50 pm #

      They were for a very long time but not anymore 😦

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