Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Spring Cleaning Season: Scrub-a-dub From Head To Toe

[As published on Emmagem.com HERE]
Exfoliation is one of the most important steps in a skincare regime. But the act of exfoliation, like Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus or One Direction, has its fair share of fans and haters. Some people swear by regular exfoliation to keep their skin as smooth as a baby’s bottom. Some, on the other hand, treat it as the ultimate torture device for skin, claiming that it disrupts the skin’s natural balance. My humble opinion, if anyone asks, is this: I think exfoliating your skin is good as it helps with renewal and instantly brightens the complexion, but the keyword is to do it in MODERATION. Too much of a good thing becomes a bad thing, and we all know it’s true.
Here’s how to deep-cleanse and exfoliate from head to toe:

Scalp
Scalp
Why you should exfoliate your scalp:
Sweat, sebum and dirt can clog pores on the scalp, causing excessive oiliness and worse, hair fall. Exfoliating the scalp twice a month helps to clear all the gunk and product buildup from the scalp, leaving it clean so that your scalp can breathe
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Love Natural Sunshine has a great recipe for a brown sugar scalp scrub that helps to improve microcirculation while unclogging pores on the scalp. Mix 2 tablespoons of olive oil with 3 tablespoons of organic brown sugar and a few drops of your favourite essential oil into a paste. Apply the mixture onto the scalp, rubbing gently with circular motions. Rinse off, and follow with shampoo and condition as you usually would.

Face
Face
Why you should exfoliate your face:
No matter your skin type, you could definitely benefit from a good exfoliating session. It gets rid of dead skin cells, prepping your skin to receive all the goodness from the skincare products you apple. The key lies in finding an exfoliant that suits your skin type. Dry and sensitive skin types should choose non-grainy scrubs that gently exfoliate using enzymes, while oily and acne-prone skins can opt for scrubs infused with spherical microgranules to clear out clogged pores.
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Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Exfoliating Facial Scrub (RM29.90). Crushed cocoa beans remove dead skin cells for a smoother, more even-toned complexion. Enriched with cocoa butter, this mild scrub doesn’t leave skin feeling taut after exfoliation. Great value for money, because one 150g tube practically lasts forever!

Hands
Hands
Why you should exfoliate your hands:
Our hands are constantly in contact with water, detergent and cleansing products. Prolonged exposure to external aggressions will cause hands to age faster than the skin on our faces. By the way, did you know that the skin on the backs of our hands is as delicate as the skin around our eyes? That goes to show how roughly we’ve been manhandling our hands all this while! Regular exfoliation helps to prevent premature ageing, pigmentation and roughness. Just remember to moisturize as often as possible too!
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The Beauty Department’s hand scrub recipe, which they’ve labeled as ‘the best hand scrub – EVER’. Create a mixture of sugar, lemon juice, coconut oil and argan oil. Keep it in an airtight container by the sink, and massage a small amount onto hands, concentrating on dryness-prone areas like between the fingers and around the fingernails.

Body
Body
Why you should exfoliate your body:
More often than not, we tend to neglect the skin on our body, especially on the arms and legs. Dreaded skin problems like scaly patches, bacne and flaky elbows or knees will soon be a thing of the past if you exfoliate regularly. Exfoliating three times a week in the shower keeps your skin smooth and soft, and if you’re a fan of slimming and anti-cellulite creams, you won’t want to skip this step as it preps your skin to absorb the creams better!
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La Mer The Body Refiner (USD120, approximately RM390). Before you gasp at the price tag, let’s set the record straight – it contains 1.75 carats of pure diamond dust, and is enriched with low-pH sea mud that’s suitable for even the most sensitive skin types. Tourmaline and sea quartz help to stimulate blood circulation too. This is best reserved for special occasions as it literally makes your skin sparkle like a member of the Cullen family.

Feet
Feet
Why you should exfoliate your feet:
Calluses. Cracked heels. These are moodkillers for sexy stiletto heels. Imaging a woman sashaying down the hallway in a limited-edition pair of Louboutins, only to be distracted by her cracked heels. Ugh. Ladies, if you love your open-toe or sling-back sandals, nothing is more important than keeping your feet in tiptop condition.
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Crabtree & Evelyn Warming Foot Smoother (RM85). This warms up upon contact with water, so you get three benefits in one tube (exfoliate, moisturise, condition). Marine extracts packed with antioxidants prevent premature ageing, while macadamia nut oil and shea butter banish cracked heels and scaly skin. For stubborn spots like tough calluses on ankles and heels, buff gently with a pumice stone, but make sure your skin is damp and softened first.

(Images: allure.com (David Stesner), marthastewart.com, ohsheglows.com, rr-magazine.com)

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