Be Happy, Feel Beautiful
Fall is a stressful time for anyone, especially today’s busy woman—meaning, that the last thing we want on our minds is how uncomfortable we feel in our own skins… literally. You can blame the itchy, dehydrated skin on the dry, unforgiving air that comes with the changing of the seasons. And, no matter how often you lather up with lotion, it simply won’t go away. Want the answer to this bothersome problem? Simple, exfoliate your skin properly!
What You Do and Do Not Need:
First off, you need to get rid of that bacteria-infested loofah. The texture is too rough for your skin. Instead, use your basic washcloth. Exfoliating gloves will be helpful if you do the full body exfoliation. Another helpful, but not completely necessary accessory, is a dry brush specifically for exfoliating.
Full Body Exfoliation:
Exfoliating from head to toe is going to be the best option for healthy, younger looking skin that is full of moisture and a natural glow. In the book, Allure: Confessions of a Beauty Editor, Marcia Kilgore (founder of Bliss Spas) shared what she thinks is a perfect, full body exfoliation that should be done once a week.
1. Apply oil to skin (baby oil works wonders)
2. Take a dry brush to skin from the feet up, brushing in short, light strokes
3. Step in the shower and using a sugar or salt scrub, start at the feet again and massage the skin in a circular motion up the body. (I would recommend using the exfoliating gloves; otherwise your hands become pretty raw).
4 . Rinse off using lukewarm water, then apply a salicylic acid body wash (like Neutrogena Body Clear Body Wash) to skin, paying more attention to heels, elbows and knees. If you have a tendency towards back and butt acne, make sure to apply there as well.
5. Pat skin dry and apply a moisturizer while skin is still slightly damp.
Skin-tip: Got dry elbows? Get out the Crisco (I’m serious!). Grab a pair of clean, thick socks and cut off the toe section. Rub a small amount of Crisco onto your elbows and slip the socks over your arms. Either sleep with them on for about 7-8 hours, or you could spend the entire day at home doing nothing. The shortening does wonders for those troublesome dry spots.
Before I tell you how to exfoliate your face, I want you to understand why you should do this several times a week. If you don’t exfoliate, your skin will be covered in dead skin cells that just lay on the surface of your face. This dead skin clogs pores, makes your skin look dull, older and makes putting on makeup difficult. So, if I’ve painted a gross enough picture… onto the how to fix this problem.
* Exfoliate in the morning; your skin repairs itself at night so scrubbing away the dead skin in the morning gets you the most results for your time.
* Try to exfoliate with a scrub once or twice a week. Rub the product in a circular motion for about 30 seconds then rinse it off with lukewarm water. If you have oily skin, large pores or acne-prone skin, you can also try an at-home mircrodermabrasion system.
Skin-Tip: Don’t forget your lips! Scaly dry lips are unattractive on anyone, but super easy to fix.
1. Slather your lips with petroleum jelly
2. Use a new toothbrush to massage the jelly into your lips using small circular motions
3. Wipe off the excess petroleum jelly.
(This works because the toothbrush exfoliates the lips, while the petroleum jelly leaves your lips kissable and soft.)
Not only will your skin be healthy and glowing, you’ll also put an end to that fall time dilemma of itchy skin. Exfoliating is totally worth the time and effort because your skin will be thanking you all throughout the fall and winter months—especially if you keep it up. Stay beautiful, Belles!