Buffing Your Way to Great Skin All Over!

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Hair and Makeup: Sabs Hernandez
Photographed by Kate Hassaram
Model: Ghaffy Borres

If you want your skin to look healthy and radiant, exfoliate regularly. By removing the top layer of dead epidermis cells, you will make your skin appear smoother and less wrinkled.

1 Step One
Brush dry skin before getting into the shower. You can use either a loofah, exfoliating gloves or a body exfoliating brush. Start at the soles of the feet and work your way up.
2 Step Two
Get into the bath or shower and wet your entire body.
3 Step Three
Apply exfoliating cleanser to your loofah or exfoliating brush or gloves.
4 Step Four
Scrub your body with it, using gentle, circular motions.
5 Step Five
Opt for grainy types of cleansers to clean the skin, rather than soap. Choose exfoliating cleansers that contain ingredients such as oatmeal, ground almonds or even sea salt. The grainy texture exfoliates the skin.
6 Step Six
Make your own exfoliating cleanser, if you prefer. Mix sea salt, olive oil and lemon juice together, or mix ground almonds and powdered milk. The combinations are endless.
7 Step Seven
Use a washcloth for mild exfoliation.
8 Step Eight
Rub rough spots, such as heels, with a pumice stone or stick.
9 Step Nine
Apply lotion containing alpha or beta hydroxy acids after you exfoliate. This will continue the exfoliating process because the acids further abrade and remove dead skin cells
10 Step Ten
Be sure to use body moisturizers at least once every day. Regular exfoliating is extremely drying to the skin and will do more harm than good unless the skin is re hydrated liberally with lotions.

Tips & Warnings

* Some products are more abrasive than others. If your skin is very sensitive, use as little friction as possible and stick to the least abrasive products.

* Never overexfoliate with excessively abrasive exfoliating cleansers, or you run the risk of bursting the delicate blood vessels under the skin. If the vessels burst, your skin may appear permanently flushed. This condition, known as telangiectasia, must then be treated using laser surgery.

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