Exfoliating For Healthy Skin
Today I wanted to talk to you about the harmful effects of "microbeads" and what you should be using instead for exfoliating your face and body on a regular basis.
"Microbeads" are tiny, spherical particles (smaller than 1 millimetre, about the size of a pinhead) made of plastic that are common in many exfoliants and body scrubs on the market today.
The problem is they're loaded with chemicals and not ideally suited to taking care of your largest (and one of the most vital) organs of 'your house'...your skin!
Your skin is "cytophylactic", meaning that it rapidly absorbs whatever you put on it to either enhance OR hinder the regeneration of healthy, new skin cells.
To keep your skin feeling and looking young and vital, it's important to support the regeneration of new skin cells with regular exfoliation.
Lightly scrubbing the skin with a natural loofah sponge or brush is a great way to go provided that you're using non-toxic soaps to cleanse your pores.
Personally, I prefer using a mix of good nature-made salts, like Himalayan or Celtic Sea Salt, combined with plant oils like Almond or Olive and Essential Oils (for fragrance and therapeutic benefit), like Lemon, Orange or Lavender.
Commercial soaps and cleansing agents that contain chemicals will strip your skin of natural oil and encourage dryness and flakiness.
Over time and distance, this will cause your skin to become less efficient at eliminating natural waste (through perspiration), and will lead to poor skin conditions and even reactions like, "seborrhea" because your skin glands will be working overtime to compensate for the loss of natural oils caused by chemicals.
Nothing beats nature-made salt for healing and regenerating your skin!
That's why the worst cases of acne and psoriasis can be healed rapidly by soaking in the ocean, light exfoliation with salt, applying a little Divine or cold pressed Coconut Oil and then getting some regular exposure to sunshine.
Salt is incredible because it removes dead skin cells and helps clear dirt from your pores.
Make your own salt scrub exfoliate at home using the ingredients I've mentioned above or grab a tub of my Renew Face and Body scrub and make it part of your weekly routine.
If you'd prefer not to use a salt exfoliate on your face, here are some other natural, non-toxic suggestions I'd recommend:
Use a clay or mud mask in order to clear away excess oil.
Try blending together one teaspoon of green clay powder and one teaspoon of raw honey and then apply the mixture to your face, avoiding the eye area. Make sure to leave it on for around 15 minutes and rinse well with warm water.
Continue this at least three times a week or more.
Another important tip to help cleanse and release toxins from below the surface layers of your skin, is to get in a 'hot box' or sauna once or twice a week breathing using Eucalyptus or Lavender Oil if you can.
Please do your skin a favour by exfoliating often.
Just be sure to avoid using products and soaps that contain chemicals and your skin will look and feel brighter - and together with a clean diet - you'll avoid skin related ailments and conditions.