Exfoliating Your Way to Glow

By Estela Cockrell


Exfoliating Your Way to Glow

Exfoliation is the key to glowing skin.  Hello, glass skin!

Why?  Well, it helps remove dead skin cells on the surface of the skin and it helps blood circulation in the area....while anyone with extra sensitive skin, rosacea and acne-prone skin should proceed with caution, here are some tips on what exfoliant to use for what skin type.

"Since every type of exfoliation may not work for every skin type, it’s important to consider your skin type before choosing an exfoliation method:

- Sensitive skin may sting or burn after product use
- Normal skin is clear and not sensitive
- Dry skin is flaky, itchy or rough
- Oily skin is shiny and greasy
- Combination skin is dry in some areas and oily in others

There are two main methods for at-home exfoliation – mechanical and chemical – and the method you choose should be guided by your skin type. Mechanical exfoliation uses a tool, such as a brush or sponge, or scrub to physically remove dead skin cells. Chemical exfoliation uses chemicals, such as alpha and beta hydroxy acids, to gently dissolve dead skin cells.

Glass skin is a trend on the rise! We love the idea of a natural glow, but we don't want to strip our skin away. Here are our tips for achieving the look without damaging your skin!

Step 1) Exfoliate physically and chemically. Use our Konjac Sponge (physical exfoliation) and Supermood Luxury Peel (chemical exfoliation)!

Step 2)  Nourish, hydrate, and moisturize with your fave oil or moisturizer!

Step 3) Prime and spray! Use Alima Pure's smooth and prime. 

Step 4) Conceal with a lightweight foundation like Suntegrity, Alima, or Fitglow.

Step 5) Highlight with our trio of highlighters, Au Naturale's Celestial highlighter stick, Alima Pure's lumina and rose gold mineral highlighter, Sweat Cosmetics Gleam On Illuminator, and Fitglow's Lumi firm highlighter, and Au Naturale's mineral powder bronzer!

Step 6) Set with our Be Glowy hyaluronic + CBD spray and use throughout the day! 

*Please note to not over-exfoliate and completely strip your skin of its pores and natural oils. It's highly damaging and can lead to over-exposure from the sun!*

 

To prevent skin damage while exfoliating, dermatologists recommend the following tips:

Consider the skincare products you already use: Some medications and even over-the-counter products may cause your skin to be more sensitive or peel, such as prescription retinoid creams or products containing retinol or benzoyl peroxide.

Select an exfoliation method that suits your skin type: Those with dry, sensitive or acne-prone skin may prefer just a washcloth and a mild chemical exfoliator, as mechanical exfoliation may be too irritating for this skin type. Those with oily, thicker skin may want to use stronger chemical treatments or mechanical exfoliation. However, avoid strong chemical or mechanical exfoliation if you have a darker skin tone or notice dark spots on your skin after burns, bug bites or acne breakouts. For some people, especially those with darker skin tones, more aggressive forms of exfoliation may result in dark spots on the skin.

Be gentle to your skin: If you use a scrub or chemical exfoliator, apply the product gently using small, circular motions. Do this for about 30 seconds, and then rinse off with lukewarm – not hot – water. If you use a brush or sponge, use short light strokes. Never exfoliate if you have open cuts or wounds or if your skin is sunburned." says the Academy of Dermatology.

So what does all of this mean?  Let's break it down for you.....

 

 

Normal Skin (not dry and not oily) 

(Masks/Peels for weekly use, eventually twice per month).  Always use the gentle Konjac sponge daily with your cleansers or scrubs.   

 


*Super Mood Youth Glo Baby Face Mask - It gives the skin a youthful glow, nourishes, and firms aging skin.

  • Stimulating mask that pairs perfectly with the Luxury Peel
  • Gives a cooling sensation
  • Gingko biloba : potent antioxidant protection, skin-soothing effects, increased skin-hydration, and significant anti-aging defense. 
  • Small amounts of Lactic acid for deep pore cleansing
  • Boosts collagen production

*Super Mood Youth Glo Luxury Peel - (fruit acids lightly exfoliate, moth bean acts as an alternative to retinal, and strong antioxidants help with fine lines).

*Source Vital Aroma Peel - (if dull skin, build up are your issue, this active botanical peel will have you baby soft in weeks and bonus, this tiny bottle last months)

*Source Vital Silt Mask - Great for any skin type and restoring the skin's balance. 

*Uma Ultimate Brightening Mask (if pigmentation and dull skin are your issues

 

Natural physical exfoliators/scrubs for normal skin:

*Intelligent Elixir Citrus Scrub (loaded with antioxidants, natural scrubbing particles, perfect to use several times a week in the shower with konjac sponge).

Oy-L Manuka Honey Mask and Scrub (add a few drops of water and work up a scrub in circular motions.  Leave on for 20 minutes after)

  • Helps speed up cell regeneration
  • Great for deep pore clarifying
  • Great for those with Acne or Sensitive to Dry skin
  • Lavender stimulates blood circulation to help kill bad bacteria on the skin
  • Willow bark gently exfoliates and disinfects the skin

Olive + M Face Polish - Mineral oil and sea salt create the perfect combo to exfoliate the skin to glow

Algae Deep Scrub - Great mix of sea rich probiotics really helps to balance the skin.

Onne Face ScrubThis cruelty-free and vegan facial scrub penetrates the skin for a deep clean while tightening and softening the skin for a natural glow. 

  • A cruelty-free alternative to non-biodegradable microbeads.
  • Promotes blood circulation to reduce the signs of aging.
  • Deeply cleanses pores without stripping the natural oils of the skin.
  • Crushed Adzuki Beans create perfectly polished and purified skin

 

 

Dry Skin (tight, fine lines, parched)

Chemical Exfoliators/Masks For Dry Skin:

*Super Mood Youth Glo Luxury Peel - (fruit acids lightly exfoliate, moth bean acts as an alternative to retinal, and strong antioxidants help with fine lines).

  • ‘Peel on the Go’ with this 1-minute peel
  • Gentle, yet extremely effective Lactic Acid peel
  • Contains a Natural Retinol Alternative
  • High in Vitamin C to protect and nourish the skin
  • Reduces redness


*Uma Ultimate Brightening Mask (if pigmentation, dull, and dry skin are your issues)


*Source Vital Aroma Peel - (if dry skin, build up are your issue, this active botanical peel will have you baby soft in weeks and bonus, this tiny bottle last months)

  • Natural Alternative to glycolic peels
  • Blend of 7 essential oils
  • Stimulating
  • Diminishes the look of scarring and the look of fine lines, wrinkles, and blemishes
  • No downtime
  • Quick & Easy at home Peel with the strength of a chemical peel

Physical Exfoliators/ Scrubs For Dry Skin:

*Intelligent Elixir Citrus Scrub (loaded with antioxidants, natural scrubbing particles, perfect to use several times a week in the shower with a konjac sponge).

 


Oy-L Manuka Honey Mask and Scrub (add a few drops of water and work up a scrub in circular motions.  Leave on for 20 minutes after)
Olive + M Face Polish - Mineral oil and sea salt create the perfect combo to exfoliate the skin to glow
Algae Deep Scrub - Great mix of sea rich probiotics really helps to balance the skin.


 

Oily/Acneaic Skin/Scarred Skin

Chemical Exfoliators/Masks for oily/acne prone skin:

Uma Clarifying Mask
Manuka Honey Mask and Scrub - (add a few drops of water and work up a scrub in circular motions.  Leave on for 20 minutes after)
From Molly With Love Charcoal Mask - This activated charcoal mask acts as a magnet to capture deep-set impurities and toxins. While most masks tend to dry skin, powerful technology of lechithin helps capture moisture instead.  
From Molly With Love Clay Mask - This cruelty-free mud mask infused with rose and bentonite clay reduces acne, alleviates redness and also fights allergic reactions from irritating lotions or face washes.  

 

Physical Exfoliators/Scrubs for oily/acne-prone skin:

Source Vital Algae Deep Scrub - Great mix of sea rich probiotics really helps to balance the skin.

Intelligent Elixir Citrus Scrub - loaded with antioxidants, natural scrubbing particles, perfect to use several times a week in the shower with konjac sponge.

Teens:

Honey Belle Coffee Scrub (avoid if very blemished skin)

Honey Belle Detoxifying Clay Mask

 

Weekly exfoliation is key.  If doing a scrub, these scrubs are safe enough to do several times a week.  Follow up a scrub of a peel with a wonderfully restoring and antioxidant-rich oil or cream plus a crystal roller to penetrate the lovely product and VIOLA - your at-home spa is complete!  Switch2Pure Take Me Away......