Hello my NC Beauties!
The weather lately has been quite amazing…low 80’s in February here in Santa Barbara is always welcome! Yet I know the east coast is getting pummeled with snow and has been quite cold while our neighbors in LA have been experiencing 80-degree beach weather. This got me thinking about pressing the reset button on my skin since changes in weather usually have a direct effect on your skin. So, what’s my restart? Exfoliation! I’m constantly recommending it and want to explain why.
Exfoliation in general is a great way to get rid of the old, dead skin and boost circulation. As we age, the process of cell regeneration slows down which means that the body is slower to shed skin cells and generate new ones. When old skin starts to pile up on the surface, the result is rough, dry, dull skin resulting in excess oil and clogged pores. Proper exfoliation removes the barrier of dead skin cells clogging the skin and uncovers new skin cells below opening the way for moisturizing products to penetrate more deeply into the skin making them more effective.
Now that we know exfoliation is a crucial step in achieving healthy skin, there’s the question of what type of scrub to use?!? When choosing a scrub, all you Beauties know that I highly recommend sugar scrubs for a few reasons. First, sugar granules dissolve more easily in hot water and are less abrasive than salt scrubs, making them a far better choice for sensitive skin. Second, sugar scrubs might not have the mineral content of a salt scrub, but they are less drying, and the glycolic acid content is great for protecting the skin against harmful toxins.
On the flip side I know there is a lot a buzz about salt scrubs too, mainly because it offers therapeutic and mineralization benefits. Most salt scrubs are made from some sort of sea salt like Himalayan, Mediterranean or salt from the Dead Sea. These various salts contain trace minerals that promote circulation, reduce inflammation, detoxify and relax sore muscles. But I’m a believer in using salts to soak in instead; you get the benefits of the salt without the drying effects that can leave your skin looking like an old prune! Also, have you ever noticed what happens when you shave your legs before exfoliating with a salt scrub?!? Any small cut or nick will sting and the relaxing exfoliating session you were looking for will be out the door! It’s better to exfoliate with a sugar scrub before and shave after…the oils will leave your skin feeling silky smooth. And remember, FINE crystals are the key! Using a scrub with large, coarse crystals are more abrasive and can damage the epidermis, better known as your top layer of skin. Go with something that contains fine crystals and enjoy exfoliating 2x a week and see what a difference it makes.
When I created Natura Culina sugar scrubs I wanted to create something women could indulge in, something that made your shower or bath experience something to look forward to. Our scrubs are made with very fine sugar crystals that allow for frequent exfoliation. All of them contain moisturizing oils that won’t leave your skin dry and you can choose a scrub based on a favorite scent. I really wanted to make the exfoliation process more of an enjoyable experience and something you can really tailor for yourself. I also created a decadent chocolate scrub. It literally smells good enough to eat, but I promise you that applied topically it won’t have any affect on your jean size. Cocoa powder is an amazing antioxidant that protects and frees the skin from free radicals that can cause significant damage over time. And the scent of chocolate releases an essential amino acid that regulates mood. It’s one of my favorite products to indulge in and I had to share, your skin will thank me later!
Remember ladies, even if you don’t think you have the time, make the time to treat yourself! I promise that the silky smooth skin you’ll have will be worth every minute.
P.S. I know all-in-one products like exfoliating body/face washes can seem like an easy, time saving solution. DON’T DO IT! These types of products contain plastic micro-beads that were recently banned. Aside from the fact that using plastic to exfoliate is a huge no-no, these tiny little particles go right down your drain and never dissolve. Instead they end up in our lakes and oceans and pose a huge threat to marine life that can mistakenly ingest them as food. A study published back in September from Environmental Science & Technology reported that more than 8 trillion beads were entering the country’s aquatic habitats daily. The volume was enough to coat the surface of 300 tennis courts every day. Can you imagine?!?! Please, don’t use these products and go with something natural that dissolves.