Why Exfoliate and How to Do it Right

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We all want gorgeous and healthy skin that looks young and plump, but it can be a lot of hard work to not only get it there but to also maintain!  I know when I’m tired and ready to turn in, the last thing I want to do is have to get myself up to go wash my face and take care of my skin. But, if you do the work and you force yourself up, it pays off!  Aside from cleansing, regular exfoliation is the next best thing you can do to help keep your skin looking fresh and bright.

Exfoliation occurs when you are shedding the epidermis, the top layer of your skin.  Your skin naturally does this, however like most things, as you age, the process slows down and isn’t as beneficial.  When you exfoliate, the top layer comes off revealing a new and untouched layer of skin, which means your skin will look smoother and more radiant.  Now, you may think, “Why do I need to do this then if my body already naturally does?” Well, as we age, all the things we love about our skin age along with us.  Collagen is produced less, moisture is produced less. By manually exfoliating, you’re helping your body go through its process and can essentially work towards reversing the slow cell turnover rate.  Exfoliation stimulates cell turnover, so it sort of kick starts your skin back into action.

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With all the dead skin and dirt exfoliated away, all of the other products you use will then work even better on your new epidermis layer. You won’t need as much product because the product doesn’t have to sink through that old layer.  Your skin will soak up all the product as they penetrate deeper into the skin. Now, you don’t want to overdo it because exfoliating too much is a bad thing. Starting off with once a week should be fine for exfoliation, and some may want to increase to two times a week, but that should be the cap to protect and maintain your skin.

There are two forms of exfoliation: physical and chemical.  Physical exfoliation is when you use a product that has an abrasive aspect, usually small beads to help slough away the dead skin cells.  This can also be when a tool is used, such as microdermabrasion or dermaplaning. Chemical exfoliants use acids and chemicals that help to dissolve the old skin cells without scrubbing, which is a more gentle form of exfoliation.  To choose between the two, I would recommend looking at your overall skin needs. If you’re skin is easily irritated, a chemical exfoliant may be better for you. If you have a lot of clogged pores and tougher skin, a physical exfoliant would likely be a better option.  Consider the other ingredients in the exfoliants as well. Chemical exfoliants often use lactic acids, which are incredibly hydrating in addition to exfoliating.

Exfoliation The Right Way:

  1. Thoroughly cleanse the skin.

  2. Exfoliate following the instructions provided with the product. If you’re using a physical exfoliation, run in small circles all over the face.  Don’t scrub too hard, and avoid using straight back and forth motions. If you’re using a chemical exfoliation, use downward strokes or light circles.  

Avoid the under eye area, and be careful not to tug around the under eye area.

If you really want to pamper yourself, do this before a hot shower or bath and allow the steam to open the pores.  Apply a face mask to help boost hydration or radiance even more!

As a little extra, here are some of my favorite exfoliants:

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The Beauty Reset Button


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We all need a reset button.  We all have days when we don’t really feel as good as we probably are.  The superficial face of social media and the internet can literally tear you to pieces if you let it.  I know I do some days, and I’m sure everyone does every now and then. I used to pride myself on always getting up early and doing my makeup before work, and I would always have to be done up to see anyone.  I’m lucky if I have time to throw on foundation and a touch of mascara before work these days. I’ve gotten to a point where I rarely touch my hair, throw on whatever dress I can find, and I’m in a rut where the bare minimum is all I can manage.  

So, what do you when you’re in a motivational rut?  How do you reset yourself to be the kick-ass, best version of yourself?  Here are a few of my favorite ways:

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Luxury Bathtime

I go all out with my baths.  I have soaking salts, lavender, rose petals, bath bombs.  I stock up on it all because you never know when you’re gonna just need to soak.  It’s like laying in a tub with some music playing, smelling the roses (literally) washes away some of the sadness or anxiety.  It washes away the old feelings and allows you to feel renewed again. If you want to get really fancy, put on a face mask while you soak.  

Drink about it.

There is nothing a bottle of wine can’t fix!  Well, maybe that’s not completely true, but it does allow you to forget about it for a bit.  It might not be the healthiest way to resolve anything, however alcohol lowers your inhibitions and also helps you really feel your emotions.  Instead of bottling all of it up, you can let it out whether it be alone or with friends, and you’ll at least feel a little better afterwards.

Color

I may not feel like coloring my face, but coloring some curse words or some pretty filigree helps get those creative juices flowing.  Coloring is a great way to release some of the negative thoughts, and allow yourself to relax and reset while finding some inspiration in the colors that lay out before you.  

Shopping

What lady doesn’t like to do a little meditational shopping?!  Allow yourself to splurge a little on items you have been thinking about for a while.  Don’t just go window shopping. This time, go get yourself a little something that will make you smile.  Get that new eye palette that will get you excited to play in new makeup. Try out a new face mask that you have seen give others incredible results.  

Happy Places

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It may not be a beauty reset, but if you go to a place where you are genuinely happy, then your mind will follow.  Some of my favorite places are theme parks, so there is a reason I decided to move 15 minutes away from Universal Studios!  Being able to go to a place where I can ride some rides, not be concerned so much about how I look, and really just be happier helps me reset the thought process in my mind.  It reminds me why I enjoy the things I love, and in turn, it inspires me to reset my beauty mentality.






Fake it ‘til you make it.

Sometimes, there really isn’t anything that works.  Every now and then, you just have to push through the rut.  You have to force yourself to work through the beauty block, and that means fake it.  Do the bare minimum, but add a little bit more each time. One night, just sit in front of the mirror and literally play with your makeup.  Don’t do it to go anywhere or to see anyone. Just do it to play in it, do it to try something new. The more you can just let yourself play, the more inspired you will be, and you will find that beauty inspiration again.  

Leave a comment, and tell me how you reset when it’s needed! Be sure to check out my IG (@batsforbeauty) for more beauty updates!