Archive for the ‘Exfoliant’ Category
Some bugs are good on your face. Others, not so good.
On its own, the oil (sebum) we secrete through our skin has no antiseptic power. We need helpful bugs to convert it into antiseptic fatty acids. Without them, we are exposed to invasion by harmful bacteria and fungi, and we can suffer breakouts and worse.
When we deplete our natural oils, the good bugs don’t have anything to work with. This can happen naturally, as we produce less sebum over time. We can also deplete our natural oils by dissolving them with products that contain alcohol and other harsh ingredients. That’s one of the ways extra dry skin develops.
Coconut oil, palm kernel oil, and palm oil are all treated the same way as sebum by beneficial bacteria that live on our skin. They are broken down into fatty acids that protect our skin from marauders. It’s one of the reasons these oils are so healing. And that’s why I use them on my skin and in my products.
This is in addition to their moisturizing and softening benefits. Quite a deal, really.
More about the difference bacteria can make to your skin.
Today’s Personal Care blog highlights calendula, an herb used traditionally for skin care and healing. Modern research has shown that calendula is rich in carotenoids (vitamin A) and oil-soluble sterols that help to heal chapped and irritated skin, as well as plump up and thicken the skin.
I use calendula cream on wounds and burns, and infuse it into an oil that goes into my moisturizer and exfoliant. I wouldn’t be without it.
You can read more about calendula’s healing and skin care benefits at the excellent Personal Care blog – a reliable source of fact-based information about the products we use, and their ingredients.
I recommend a 30-second session, twice a week, with a mild, natural exfoliant. No more than that.
However, some people may exfoliate too often, or they may exfoliate when they have been out in the sun, or when they have had another kind of facial treatment. Scrubbing too hard can be an issue as well.
All of which raises the question – how do you know if you are exfoliating too much?
5 Signs Your Are Exfoliating Too Much
The Toronto Cosmetic Clinic posted these 5 signs to watch for:
1. Your skin has dry patches or feels drier all over than it’s ever been.
2. Your skin is more sensitive than it’s ever been, reacting faster to the elements, stress and other irritants.
3. Your skin is itchy.
4. Your skin is plagued by redness.
5. You’ve noticed that you’ve developed a lot of acne and inflammation recently.
If you are seeing any of these 5 signs, you may be exfoliating too much. You may also be using an exfoliant that is too harsh for your skin.
For Best Results
Use an exfoliant that is formulated to also moisturize your skin.
Exfoliate no more than twice a week.
Never exfoliate when your skin is stressed.
Top of the list is when we have any degree of sunburn. Sunburned skin is too raw for exfoliation. The same goes for chapped skin – and for the same reason.
If your skin is sunburned or chapped, let it heal completely before you exfoliate it.
And avoid exfoliating on days when you are having a spa treatment or giving yourself a facial – anything outside of your normal skincare routine. At these times, your skin has enough going on already, and it needs time to rebalance itself.
The key to exfoliating is to do it regularly – once or twice a week – but only when your skin is ready for it. And gently!
My dry skin products used to be in eye-catching gold containers with a clear glass liner. I was really happy with what they looked like, and with the glass liner that made sure the organic ingredients were kept as fresh and potent as possible. But I was troubled by the fact that they were so hard to re-cycle.
So I changed them for these frosted glass jars. The glass jars do the same job, plus they are easy to re-cycle.
And as it turns out, I prefer what they look like.
What do you think?