10
January

Do’s and Don’ts for Exfoliating

10th January 2015
Posted by: Bridget Okeeffe

There is something so wonderful about baby soft skin, isn’t there?! There are so many great exfoliating products on the market that it can be difficult to know where to start. In this post I will be running through my favourites for different parts of your body as well as exfoliating do’s and don’ts that we can get oh so wrong.

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Face

There is conflicting advice on the pros and cons of using an exfloliator on your face. What I will tell you though is that up until the point where I discovered the PMD I had struggled to find something that shifted my constant bad skin. Lots of skincare gurus will discourage you from exfoliating. I however wont. What I will do though is tell you you stay very far away from very harsh exfoliating products on your face. One of these that I see my clients using time and again is the St Ives Apricot Scrub. It is just far too harsh for your skin and you will do far more microscopic damage than you are aware of. The theory behind softening fine lines and wrinkles with an exfoliator is that you damage your skin ever so slightly by polishing it. When it repairs itself, it does so more efficiently thus boosting your collagen levels speeding up the process of cell regeneration. Make sure that you are using a product that does this slowly and gently.

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Dry Bits

We all have them. Those stubborn areas of your body that refuse to feel like a silky babies bottom. Common areas that fall short of perfection are elbows, feet and knees. A lovely home made exfoliator can be made from sugar and olive oil. If you can’t get rid of rough skin on your feet use a thick moisturiser at night and then sleep with socks on. This will help to soften the skin. Use a pumice after you get out of the bath or shower once you have dried your feet then moisturise them again with a thick moisturiser.

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Body

Keeping the skin on your body in great condition is vital if you want to glow on your wedding day. If you are planning on having a spray tan make sure that you don’t have any dry patches anywhere otherwise the tan will make those areas darker. Your therapist should apply barrier cream to your hands, feet, elbows and knees but it is up to you to make sure that the rest of you is in tip top condition. Exfoliating your entire body will also help boost your circulation which is ideal for ridding yourself of cellulite, encouraging smoothness and generally get you glowing!

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Here are some of my favourite exfoliating products. Let me know which of these you have tried and love?

L’Occitane IMMORTELLE Brightening Instant Exfoliator

Personal Microderm Abrasion

Clarisonic

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant

Hope you are having a gorgeous Saturday!

x x x

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