Exfoliate All the Things!
The basic definition of exfoliation is to remove off the surface of something. In skincare, that’s the top layer of dead skin that weighs your skin down, creating fine lines, wrinkles and dull skin.
But I look at exfoliation as more than that. There are a lot of times that you need to exfoliate your entire LIFE. You know there are “dead” things that are clinging on to your life, holding you down and dimming the brightness that you know you deserve.
It could be a “frenemy”. Someone who is only in the relationship for themselves, or who brings darkness and negativity to your life. I know this sounds harsh, but exfoliate that ish. You do not need someone in your life who only brings you down.
You may need to exfoliate your job. Are you working a job that makes you anxious, depressed, frustrated more often than not? It might be time to find something new. I have left higher paying jobs for a new opportunity that would improve the quality of my life, and I can promise you, it’ll be better in the long run.
You also might need to exfoliate your mindset. Are you constantly dragging yourself down? Are you saying more unkind words to yourself than kind ones? If that’s true, you need a reset. You need to slough off that layer of negativity and reorient yourself in a positive direction. I recommend doing a “self audit” where you take stock of your life. The things you do well, the things you don’t, and the areas that you’re set on improving. If you focus on the positive areas, the areas of growth and accomplishment, you’ll be able to overshadow those negative areas and hopefully eradicate them all together.
I’m not a guru. I don’t know how to live a perfectly exfoliated life when it comes to all those topics above, but I can help you where skincare is concerned. I distinctly remember the phase of my skin when I introduced regular exfoliation. It gave my face that “lit from within” glow. Now, whenever I talk to someone with skin issues, the first question I ask them is “Are you exfoliating?”. The answer is usually no, or that they aren’t doing it regularly. Here’s why exfoliation is key to healthy skin.
Your skin is constantly shedding. You have a “skin life” which is on average 3-4 weeks. As you shed the old skin cells, smoother, new skin cells push their way up to the skin’s surface. However, as you age, the rate at which your body sheds those skin cells slows down. Exfoliation not only removes those dead skin cells, but it also helps speed that process. Exfoliation combined with the anti-aging skincare line that I use religiously, speeds up that renewal by over 23%. That means you’re getting skin cells to the surface about 1 week sooner than normal.
I use three main products for exfoliation on my face.
First, my daily moisturizer contains an exfoliant. It’s a 3 in 1 cleanser that tones, exfoliates and moisturizes. (I have no need for a toner in my skincare regimen because of this!)
Second, I utilize the Polishing Exfoliator about 2x a week. This is a finely ground volcanic ash mixed with botanicals and triglycerides that provides a mechanical exfoliation (meaning I’m rubbing the skin cells off, not using an acid to burn them off my face) which is gentle enough to use every day.
Once a week, I use the Facial Resurfacer. This is a more coarse volcanic ash particle that provides the best exfoliation, in my opinion. Because of how course the particles are, it should be used more sparingly, and with light pressure. I have a trick I like to use. As I’m massaging this product into my face, neck and chest, I do the “A,B,C’s” in my head for each area. I’ve found that any more than that can cause a little skin sensitivity, but I really want to make sure I’m getting all of that old skin out of the way. Because the resurfacer contains triglycerides, it moisturizes as it exfoliates and helps plump up the skin cells. I always have the BEST glow after I exfoliate with the resurfacer.
On my body, I use a body brush and this Body Scrub. The body scrub contains that same volcanic ash, as well as Aloe Leaf Juice to soothe the skin. I normally use the body brush while I’m in the shower to get that extra bit of exfoliating power behind it. Exfoliating your body allows more moisture to be absorbed into your skin, which in my climate is pretty necessary.
After I exfoliate, I always make sure to moisturize and treat my skin. I go with my normal routine of:
I would love to share these products with you and see the before and after on your skin! If you’re interested in trying them out, contact me below!