Hello Lovelies...Happy #SkinCareSaturday
What does your shower or bath routine look like? Do you daily, hop in, hop out, wash quickly and then dry off just as quickly and rush out to get dressed and take on your day? Do you set aside at least one day, morning or evening for yourself to really indulge and pamper, not only your skin but your complete soul? If not, then please try to, and not just for you, but for everyone in your circle. I've always believed that if you don't take care of YOU, then YOU are no good to anyone else. We are all, over scheduled, over stimulated and for many in these current times, over whelmed, so it’s even more important to have time to reset.
But I digress... Now back to your body care routine. Does it involve a scrub or exfoliation of some kind? Have you ever used any kind of exfoliation? Do you prefer sugar or salt scrubs? If you answered, No, to all of these questions, then my hope for you is that you will consider the benefits and maybe add it in to your routine. If you answered Yes, then my hope is to have you continue what you're doing and maybe give you a little more to indulge in!
So anyone who knows me, knows I’m obsessed with taking care of my skin, and that includes weekly exfoliation. Now everyone’s skin is different. Age, health, genetics, are factors and can so what you use and what your skin can tolerate you will need to discover that for yourself, but some type of exfoliation can be beneficial for everyone. The basic principle behind any kind of exfoliation is to remove dead skin, increase healthy circulation and blood flow, and prep your skin for a nourishing, moisturizing serum, oil, lotion or body butter to absorb into your skin to help keep it protected, youthful, and healthy.
I LOVE my dry brushing ritual that I do before my showers. It’s a great way to prep my skin for the love it’s about to receive. It’s also great for problem areas if you have cellulite, or dry patches that need to loosen up and be removed. It enhances blood circulation and rejuvenates the nervous system. Plus it add a smoothness to the skin that is amazing! My current favorite is from Daily Concepts. Now the thing with dry brushing you need to know and/or remember is you don't need to apply a lot of pressure. This is not an exfoliation step, this is the prep or first step before getting in the shower. You always want to be gentle with your skin. If you love it, it will love you back!
SUGAR OR SALT?
Now comes the good stuff...a good shower scrub, in my opinion is both mentally and physically beneficial. Whether you use sugar or salt, I switch between both, since they each have their own benefits. Sugar provides a more gentle exfoliation and are often used to correct dryness and scaling and is more gentle with skin that is thin or bruised. Sugar scrubs appeal to a broader range of clients because sugar is naturally an emollient, a mild emulsifier, and a humectant, which helps soften and soothe skin.
Salt has a heavier abrasive factor but equally as delicious for your skin! Salt is great for reducing inflammation, smoothing your heels if you have thick calluses, and removing dead skin. When mixed with oils, salts can replenish tired and dry skin and also remove dead skin cells which can otherwise become hard. Sea salt helps cleanse the pores on your skin, while balancing oil production and retaining moisture from within. Its anti-bacterial properties discourage the growth of bacteria responsible for breakouts and acne. Both options can leave your skin feeling soft and smooth for days as well as give a youthful appearance! And who doesn’t want to look young and healthy!
So like I said, I switch between the two depending upon what I feel my skin needs.
Finding the right balance can take some time, but It’s well worth it. You’re skin will thank you! If you're still really unsure you can always consult a Dermatologist.
Aside from the amazing results my skin shows from using a scrub, I, literally feel as if I'm somehow able to just scrub all the weeks worries, doubts, problems, & whatever else came my way that needs to go. And all the while my body is getting the benefit and prep to reveal fresh, new, glowing skin! And when all of that is washed off and going down the drain, I am mentally and physically renewed and ready to step out with a clean slate! And to keep that beautiful, freshly scrubbed, clean slate in tact, unless you're going for a spray tan or some other beauty treatment, you MUST use some sort of moisturizing agent. Whether it be an oil, a serum, a lotion or body butter, you want to protect yourself completely!! .
Hope you’ve enjoyed this first of many #skincaresaturdaytips that I will be posting! And if you have any questions regarding this post or any other feel free to comment below or message me!
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