We can exfoliate our skin in a variety of ways!

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Let's Exfoliate!
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!
Cleansing Basics

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.

Clay Masque 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 the skin.

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 safer feeling!

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!

Please note that the information shared within this website is not to be considered as any type of cure, diagnosis, prevention or medical treatment of skin conditions. We merely offer general guidelines and tips for maintaining healthy skin, as well as cleansing and beautifying.

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