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We can exfoliate our skin in a variety
Join us as we explore exfoliation!
Did you know that exfoliation does
not necessarily require any scrubbing?
Or that there are ways to renew your
skin without using any abrasives?
Yes ... there are simple ways to
exfoliate that are especially kind
to delicate skin!
One of the amazing things about our skin
is that it both renews itself and gets dirty
without us having to do anything to it!
Part of why it gets dirty all by itself
has to do with the fact that our skin is
alive and the cell structure is set up to
create new cells, which leaves the old
ones behind. Also, our sweat glands create
residue, leaving behind various salts.
All of this adds up to skin that requires
more than a splash of cold water to wash
away the old and make way for the new.
The combination of warm water and soap act
together to create a skin detergent that
lifts up the impurities and rinses them
away. Some soaps which may work well for
washing the body might not be ideal for
use on the face. Because of this, face
soaps and creamy soaps made especially
for the face have been created to take
care of the needs of the face.
Soap and water dissolve and remove debris
left behind from the skin's natural cycle
of old and new.
Soap is made up of a combination of
fatty acids and an alkaline base.
When dissolved in water, the fatty acids
or oils in the soap attract the excess
oils in skin and water washes them away.
Soap activity is greating enhanced with the
use of warm water.
For the oil portion of the soap, many
soaps contain Sodium Tallowate, which
is a product derived from the fat of cows.
This serves the purpose of cleansing,
but this ingredient does not nutrify
the skin. Soaps that are made with
natural oils cleanse and nourish.
Plant oils are healthy to eat, and
they are healthy to apply to skin.
This has been known for centuries,
as Castile soap, made with olive oil,
has been around a long time, but in
areas where olives were not in abudance,
fat from cows provided a readily available
source of oil for soapmakers.
Today, many companies use tallow in place of
plant oils as an economic way to make
soap, but when it comes to gentle exfoliation by
means of soap, the tallow soaps do not
serve the purpose since they do not nutrify.
If a soap, especially a soft soap, is rubbed
onto the skin with just a bit of water and
allowed to remain for a couple of minutes ...
you have a mild form of exfoliation.
Various Methods of Exfoliation
It may sound "old-fashioned," but allowing
a mild soap to remain on the skin for a minute or
two serves as a very gentle form of exfoliation and it
enhances the capability of the soap.
Both cleansing and fortifying will
take place simutaneously when this is
performed with a natural oil soap.
A soft soap is particularly good for this,
as it can be applied with the fingertips and
worked into the skin. This is a very mild
form of exfoliation that can be used
with delicate skin or skin that has
fragile conditions such as acne, eczema,
or psoriasis. Although there is light
massaging or friction used, there is no
abrasion and it does not dry out the
skin, but it loosens and lifts impurities.
Another non-abrasive exfoliation technique
is the use of healing clays, such as
montmorillonite, bentonite, and illite.
They may look a bit funny when they are
applied, but they work wonders!
The molecular structure of clay is naturally
absorbant to the skin. Where bentonite clay
is formed from volcanic ash, others are
derived from ancient botanicals and the
micro-molecules form a clay.
Each different type of clay performs uniquely,
all having mineral content and drawing power.
Clays stimulate circulation while removing
debris from skin pores and dead skin cells, leaving
behind very clean skin. Where most work
like a sponge, bentonite works like a
magnet. The molecular structure of this
clay attracts toxins and binds them to
the clay with an electrical charge.
Typically, when you use clay masques
(or masks), you can still feel them
working with a gentle tingling sensation
after they've been rinsed off. Their
magic does wonders and it's no wonder
why spas offer full-body clay experiences!
Fine Abrasion Exfoliation
Other ways to exfoliate, of course, are
through mild abrasion with very fine materials,
such as nut or fruit kernels, jojoba beads,
baking soda, finely ground sugar and others.
For tougher skin, the use of a pumice stone
or loofah may be desired, or sugar scrubs.
Be aware however that salt scrubs can dry
For the face, some manual scrubbing methods
may be too harsh or irritating for conditions
such as acne, or for delicate skin, and the more
gentle types of exfoliation as mentioned above
would be more desirable.
Some other natural exfoliants are finely
ground herbs that are known to tone skin.
We would like to mention that all of the
methods referred to here are not harming
to the environment, but that there are
some facial scrubs made with tiny particles
of plastic called micro-beads that are
damaging to water habitats and should
not be used for this reason, as the
plastic is ingested by aquatic critters.
That's the great thing about using natural
ingredients on your skin ... you know that
they are biodegradeable and some of them
can even be edible. Many herbs are used
in teas, many plant oils are used in food,
and some clays are taken internally to detoxify ...
compared to synthetic ingredients, a much
When we are young, our skin is renewing
itself constantly, but as we age, it needs
some help from us in order to keep its
smoothness and radiance. If you currently
do not exfoliate with any of the methods
discussed here, we hope you will decide
to give it a try! It's never too late!
Special notes ...
A warm water wash with our
Castile Soft Soap will attract the oils
from your skin, lifting them up and out,
without harshness ... to use it as a mild
exfoliator, spot-dab it around
your face, then moisten your hand
to wet it just a bit, and with circular
motions, massage your face for about
a minute before additional wetting
and rinsing. The addition of
lavender or any peppermint combination
essential oil will stimulate and balance.
A clay masque treatment a couple of times
a week or more will further your endeavor
to remove excess oil and tighten pores.
The addition of ionic silver to your
skin care treatment gives a natural
antibacterial boost to the skin.
Essential oils such as peppermint,
which offers antiseptic properties,
petitgrain, tea tree, camphor, and
clove help to inhibit bacteria.
Other inflammatory conditions (including
psoriasis and eczema), including acne,
can benefit from the calming properties
of essential oils of lavender and palmarosa.
For sunburn ... a gentle wash with our castile
soft soap with peppermint essential oil
or other peppermint combinations, such as palmarosa-peppermint
or lavender-peppermint will assist in healing while providing
a healing, refreshing, and cooling effect as it cleans away old,
dead, flaky skin cells. A mild way to exfoliate and step up
the healing process.
We hope you have enjoyed our discussion
of the various ways to exfoliate your skin.
Doing so helps your skin to renew, but
you don't want to overdo it or do it too
harshly. We must not underestimate the
gentle, potent nature of soaps and clays.
These ingredients do not have to be
scrubbed into the skin to work ...
they do their job through their own
action. For delicate skin, this is
the best way to exfoliate without any
abrasion and your skin will thank you for it!