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Scrub a Dub Dub- Are You Exfoliating Your Skin?

Posted on 15 April 2010 by irene

Category: Beauty

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Koreans are all about exfoliating the body.
We have our Italy Soo Gon (the long textured cloth), the little red and green mitt’s they sell at Korean Baths (Mog Yuk Tang), and of course the thumbs to get rid of all the dead skin cells.
However, I’d bet that Koreans don’t exfoliate their face as well as they do their bodies.
Exfoliation is the removal of the oldest dead skin cells that cling to the skin’s outermost surface. Exfoliation is an important part of both facials and body treatments. When done correctly, exfoliation leaves the skin feeling smoother and fresher looking. Exfoliation also makes penetration easier for expensive facial products

* Exfoliation is necessary to even out skin tone, unclog pores, boost radiance, and diminish fine lines.
* Exfoliation is important for men because it allows for a better shave

-Think of how your hands feel when coated in oil or covered in dirt. You can wash away the oil/dirt, but it still leaves a residue.  Now think of all the residue that’s on your face.
-You can wash away the grime with soap, but only a good scrubbing will really take away all the yucky stuff.
-You can use all the best creams and serums to give yourself great skin, but if you’re not exfoliating, the products won’t penetrate as deeply and won’t work as well as they should.
There are many different types of Exfoliation:
1) Mechanical Exfoliation. The dead skin cells are physically rubbed off with an abrasive. Examples of mechanical exfoliation include a salt glow, a body scrub that might use sugar or coffee grounds, or skin brushing. On the face, mechanical exfoliation ranges from scrubs that use small, round, gentle abrasives like jojoba beads, to more aggressive procedures like microdermabrasion.
2) Chemical Exfoliation. Enzymes, alphahydroxy acids (AHAs) or betahydroxy acids (BHAS) loosen the glue-like substance that holds the cells together, allowing them to slough away. Facial peels are a form of chemical exfoliation. They can either be very gentle or very aggressive, depending on how the strong the peel is. Body treatments might use mild chemical exfoliants like fruit (pineapple, strawberry) enzymes.

(Click Here for more info on Exfoliation)

There are so many different types of exfoliators.  Find one that works best for your skin type and lifestyle.

I’ve used the St. Ives Apricot Scrubs (various formulas) for years.
I also use the Clarisonic Brush (although I wish I had the smaller Clarisonic Mia)

So, I hope that I’ve motivated you to go out and get rid of those Dead Skin Cells!
Scrub away the Mess (GENTLY!) , and Emerge into Fabulousness~*

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