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Why is it essential to EXFOLIATE?
So what does exfoliation mean? It generally means the ‘aiding in the removal of surfaced dead skin cells.’ This can be done with tools and machines (which should always be done by a licensed professional however can be very abrasive) or can be done gently and naturally with the right natural ingredients or the right products that you can use at home.
Understanding the Skin ~ the skin is the largest organ of the body and the only organ that is not only functioning from the inside but is the only organ that is exposed and functions on the outside of the body. We will talk a lot about taking care of your skin both from within and ‘face on’ from the surface in this blog. Before we do that lets ‘breakdown’ the layers. Our skin consists of three layers of tissue.
These layers are:
- The Subcutaneous layer – this most deep under-layer of the skin is made-up of fatty tissues, nerves and blood vessels that behave as insulation protecting us from outer temperatures. The fatty tissues also act as a layer of protection cushioning from minor bumps and falls.
- The Dermis layer – the middle layer of the skin which consists of blood vessels, nerves, hair follicles, sweat glands, and is the majority of the thickness of our skin which is made up of collagen and elastic fibers.
- The Epidermis layer – the outer most layer of the skin is a very thin layer that acts as an outer-shell of protection. It is made up of the cells that contain melanin which gives us our pigment that creates our skin color. It is also made up of layers of dead skin cells.
The Epidermis holds the job and does it naturally by consistently renewing itself . The inner most part of the epidermis manufactures new cells that move their way through and up to the surface where they end their life and harden. This natural cell production cycle lasts about 28 days. Although the layers of dead skin serve their purpose as protection, they can overproduce, pile up and trap dirt and bacteria. These days there are large amounts of harsh chemicals in products we use and the pollution that we are exposed to which are known to throw off our natural cycle of skin production. These harsh synthetic chemicals used in most over the counter skin care products often cause the opposite effect than what we are trying to achieve by over-drying our skin and causing an over production of dead skin cells.
Exfoliation gently breaks up and washes away the layers of dead skin cells, lifts and removes trapped dirt and bacteria and then reveals the healthy new skin underneath waiting to surface. This is the perfect time to properly hydrate your new healthy skin . Exfoliation should be done once or twice a week but certainly up to three times a week during the fall and winter months.
We will be constantly adding many new DIY home recipes for natural exfoliating, reviewing over the counter brand products , and discussing exfoliating techniques …. but for now here is a quick WINTER LIP FIX:
- 2 Tablespoons of organic virgin coconut oil
- 1 Half squeezed organic lemon
- 2 Tablespoons of raw organic brown sugar
MIX all ingredients in small bowl and generously apply on and around your lips, try not to lick it all up, as it tastes like candy I attest ! Let it sit for a few minutes to let the citrus enzymes do its natural exfoliating and let the honey do its natural hydrating ! Gently massage and scrub the mixture into chapped lips and let the brown sugar granules naturally exfoliate and rinse away the mixture for soft kissable lips!