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Exfoliating Goes a Long way in Skin Care... (Detailed)

Exfoliating otherwise known as removing old dead skin cells from your body goes a long way in skin care and even makeup application, I'll give you 2 reasons why... I am prone to black heads on my nose, chin and cheeks and they weren't your average black heads-they were the kind deep in your skin that look like small hairs. I got a facial on my vacation to get the black heads removed (which is painful) and the esthetician told me that I needed to exfoliate at least twice a week to help prevent black heads.

Also, while using one of my favorite cream to powder foundations I noticed that the foundation was really hard to apply. I literally had to drag it across my skin... plus my skin was flaking and peeling bad. I wondered why this was happening and did a search on Google and found out that flaking and peeling skin is a big sign that you need to exfoliate your skin. After this second realization, I immediately went out and bought a facial exfoliating scrub and included it in my skin care regimen.

Exfoliating helps to prevent acne, flaking and peeling of the skin but it also helps your skin to stay soft and youthful looking. Our skin produces new cells every day and the old cells have to be removed, this is where exfoliating comes in to play. Exfoliating is not just for your face it's needed for your entire body which includes your face, feet and even lips.

What I use to exfoliate:


I use Neutrogena's Deep Clean Gentle scrub for facial exfoliating. It's about $8 and can be found in any drug store. It's gentle enough to use every day but I use it twice a week. I'm pretty pleased with this... it does the job and it's inexpensive.


We've all seen people with crusty, cracked lips- so our lips need the same tender, loving care that the rest of the body needs.  I use sugar or Vaseline on my lips and let it sit for 5 minutes and then rub it off with a warm wash cloth. I exfoliate my lips about 2 to 3 times a week because I wear lip gloss and/or lipstick daily... I've noticed that when I don't exfoliate my lips regularly it leaves a white film around my lips which is not cute and looks hideous when wearing lip gloss or lip stick- so I exfoliate!


Any body scrub with sugar or salt can be used to exfoliate your body in the shower or in your bath. I recently took a trip to Bath & Body works to browse the products with my mother and found that they have pretty good body scrubs.

I picked up the Stress Relief (my stress levels have been off the charts lately) sugar scrub in vanilla verbena. It's13 oz for $16, I thought that was a fair price because I've been used to paying $30 for body scrubs in the past. It's packed with naturally moisturizing essential oils, which is great because exfoliating can be rough on the skin if it's overdone, so it's always good to moisturize the skin directly afterward.

I love buying body scrubs that are packed with essential oils like this one, because it puts moisture back into your skin.

I think anyone who has had a pedicure knows that your feet definitely needs to be exfoliated that's why they use the pumice and scaling at the nail salons, but the same exfoliating can be done from home with sugar, salt or any foot scrub.

What do you think of exfoliating? What products do you use to exfoliate?


socialitedreams said…
i love the honey sugar scrubs by mahogany skye, especially the blueberry cocoa. sooo yum!

for face, I like the lancome small beads one, can't think of the name. blue tube

xXMaNdAXx said…
I love exfoliating! Whether it's my face, body or feet I just love it.. you feel really refreshed after exfoliating & squeaky clean. I use one of the dead sea exfoliators for the body & clean and clear warming face scrub for my face & neck! love them xoxo
AgentElle said…
Exfoliating is the BEST! Nothing better than soft skin. I usually use Benefit's scrub for my face or MAC's Volcanic Ash (love!).

Also, as you know, I'm trying to use up/repurpose my products, so I've been using Aveeno face pads to exfoliate my lips. Smooth as butter!
Sher said…
I also love exfoliating,started 2years ago and my skin looks much healthier no breakouts&blackheads anymore.I use Simple Exfoliating wash everyday
Ms. Viva Glam said…
Thanks so much for the comments ladies! You've all given me some great product suggestions to try :)

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