Indeed the entire body sheds a layer of dead skin daily, but most of it remains stuck to the surface of the skin and do not fall off. This process thickens the skin, chokes the pores, block the growth of hair, and stops the natural capillary rise of oils to the surface of the skin. That is why the skin becomes dry moments later after the application of moisturisers and looks dirty after the use of skin cleansers.
The exfoliating reduces the visibility of pores and wrinkles on the surface of skin. But it does not cleanse, and on the other hand the cleansing does not exfoliate the skin. Both the processes are to be followed separately.
Before face exfoliating, thoroughly cleanse and rinse with lukewarm water. Thereafter immediately apply the required hydrator or moisturizer according to skin type. First of all wash the face, gently rub and towel dry the skin. The towel creates light friction, which removes the superficial and dead skin layers.
Mix about half a tablespoon of baking soda with equal amount of cleanser and gently rub for 2-3 minutes, in circular rotations by applying medium to light pressure. For dry skin mix coconut oil instead of cleanser, and use the remedy twice a week. For further oil absorption in oily skin, keep the application of baking powder on face for 15 minutes. For body treatment avoid the neck and breasts.
To cleanse with sugar scrub, first rinse the skin to remove dirt and oils, then mix sugar and coconut or jojoba oil in equal amounts and apply the mixture for not more than 1 minute on the face or the part of the body with a cotton swab.
To exfoliate the stubborn areas like the knees and elbows, use salt in place of sugar and lemon or loofah.
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