Post-Summer Maintenance Tip: Exfoliate!

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Well, the gloomy skies and sudden rainfalls somewhat tell us that summer is over, right? That does not mean we should start being as dull as the sky. Today, I am sharing with you some skin pick me uppers for the rainy season which should still bring out your inner glow. I am the kind of person that likes to treat beauty from within, but this does not mean we leave the superficial behind.

So let’s get started.

Summer’s out and soon enough your tans and sun-kissed skin will follow. More often than not this leaves our skin with a dull and patchy look especially if you basked in the glory of those barkada outings and Laboracay shindigs. Fear not my darling, a little exfoliation should do the trick. “Exfoliating” in the dictionary sense of it is a verb meaning “to throw off scales or flakes; peel off in thin fragments”. This is a healthy act of taking away the dead skin in our face and bodies which solves unveven skin tone, dullness, clogged pores and even acne.

Here are some ways to exfoliate:

  1. Loofah or bath scrub towels
    For those who are more conservative and traditional, this is the most basic way of scrubbing. Through the use of a loofah or a bath scrub towel or pads the outer layer of the skin is thoroughly cleansed. However, depending on the roughness of the cloth, it may be damaging for skin types who are sensitive.

The next two steps are the highly recommended ways of exfoliation by Paula Begoun, a best selling author of 20 books on skin care and make-up.

  1. AHA
    “AHAs are preferred for those whose chief concerns is sun damage because they primarily exfoliate skin’s uppermost layers. ”
  2. BHA
    BHA is ideal for treating acne-prone skin, blackheads, enlarged pores, and milia due to its ability to penetrate the oil that’s clogging your pores.BHA has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial action. That’s two more reasons to use a BHA exfoliant if you have acne or sensitive, reddened skin.BHA is preferred for those struggling with rosacea. Not everyone who has rosacea-prone skin can tolerate an exfoliant, but those who can will see reduced redness and smoother skin. (Salicylic acid’s antimicrobial action also may benefit rosacea because there’s some research suggesting that certain microbes on skin may be causing or contributing to the disorder.)

I am still new to all this, but I have used some products with salicylic acid. And I can say that it does dry up the acne pretty well. But the right amount of it is known to healthily shed the skin and promote new to come out.

In fact, I will share a product I have recently used which took exfoliating to another level. You will see in the photos below. It is a foot exfoliating mask that uses Mandelic Acid, a form of AHA. I used the foot mask for 90 minutes and in the next 7 days, I saw my feet slowly shedding of the dead skin. You have to try it to believe it. I thought the photos were a lie too, but apparently, it works. So pardon the gruesome images of my feet, but I find it necessary to document the result of this.


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