The skin is so much more than a bandage that keeps safe our muscles, bones, ligaments and internal this’s and that’s, in fact, it is our body’s largest organ. The skin works like a breathable sponge that detoxes, reveals our age and manage our overall health. Our skin can change and adapt depending on our diet, stress level, genetics and our environment. For example, the stressed out smoker who eats a diet rich in un-naturals and over-processed un-foods may have skin that appears rough, un-evened and prematurely aged. And, of course the opposite is true for the bubbly totally balanced health nut who eats a diet rich in fresh foods, high fiber and excess water, that person may be blessed with skin that is touchable, firm and simply beautiful.
Of course the bubbly totally balanced person mentioned above only lives in books of fiction, in the real world there is stress and there is pollution and even the healthiest person will indulge in a big slice of double chocolate cake every now and then (pause here as I wipe the drool from my face). However, getting the best out of our skin is still achievable even while living in a toxic world such as this.
In addition to exercising and eating a diet filled with mostly naturals and healthy’s, the best thing we can do for our skin is to exfoliate regularly. Exfoliation refers to the removal of the top layer of dead skin; doing this two times a week will generate the growth of new skin cells, promote the removal of internal toxins and inspire healthy and younger looking skin. Exfoliating regularly will also improve internal circulation, remove cellulite, relax the senses and improves the integrity of the immune systems.
There are many ways to exfoliate the skin, however the most natural methods of doing so is by manual gentle abrasion, either on dry or on damp skin. Below is a brief overview of both methods:
- Dry Skin Exfoliation: Dry exfoliation should be done before showering with the aid of either a dry skin brush, rough loofah or soft pumice stone in gentle circular motion. After you shower, you should splatter your new skin with an all-natural skin loving moisturizer such as Shea butter, vitamin E oil or almond oil.
- Damp Skin Exfoliation: Damp skin Exfoliation should be done on clean damp skin. You can use a loofah, an abrasive cloth or you can exfoliate with natural sugar scrubs or sea salt scrubs.