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The importance of exfoliating

Our skin is made up of many layers which shed naturally over time. The outermost "horny" layer comprises of keratinised cells that die and flake off to reveal new skin cells. It takes around six weeks for the new cells in the deepest “basal” layer to reach the outer “epidermis” layer and this process of cell renewal slows down as we age.

Unfortunately, these dead skin cells don’t always shed when we need them to leading to dry skin and clogged hair follicles ... the main cause of ingrown hairs. Exfoliation is therefore essential in removing the build-up of dead skin cells and preventing ingrown hairs.

There are two types of exfoliation, manual and chemical.

Dry skin brushing is one of the most effective methods of manual exfoliation and it carries fantastic health benefits too!

Stimulates the lymphatic system

Brushing your skin will kick start your lymphatic system, which helps to remove toxins from your body.

Reduces cellulite

Cellulite appears where toxins have accumulated in the body’s fat cells and are trapped, unable to be eliminated from the body. Dry skin brushing helps to break down these trapped toxins and eliminate them from your body.

Shed dead skin cells and decongest skin

Dry skin brushing unclogs your skin's hair follicles and helps your skin absorb the active ingredients from your skincare products.

How to dry brush you skin

We recommend a wooden brush with natural (not synthetic) bristles. A long handled one allows you to get at hard-to-reach spots like the middle of your back.

We recommend a wooden brush with natural (not synthetic) bristles. A long handled one allows you to get at hard-to-reach spots like the middle of your back.

 

As dry brushing stimulates the skin, it’s best to incorporate into your daily morning routine prior to bathing. 

We recommend a wooden brush with natural (not synthetic) bristles. A long handled one allows you to get at hard-to-reach spots like the middle of your back.

 

As dry brushing stimulates the skin, it’s best to incorporate into your daily morning routine prior to bathing. 

  • Start at your feet and gently brush upwards in long sweeping motions. Always brush towards the heart.
  • Brush each area several times, overlapping as you go.
  • Take care as you brush over more sensitive areas, like breasts. Your skin will become less sensitive the more you dry brush.
  • Dedicate at least three to five minutes to brushing.
  • Once you've brushed your entire body, jump in the shower. (To further stimulate blood circulation, try alternating between the hottest water temperature you can tolerate and the coldest.)
  • After getting out of the shower, pat skin dry and apply a body oil or moisturiser. If you’re prone to ingrown hairs, Daily Treatment Oil is perfect for it’s exfoliating, antibacterial and nourishing properties.We recommend dry brushing your entire body every day. Remember to clean your brush with soap and water once a week. Leave to dry in a clean, sunny spot to avoid any mildew accumulation on your brush.

We recommend dry brushing your entire body every day. Remember to clean your brush with soap and water once a week. Leave to dry in a clean, sunny spot to avoid any mildew accumulation on your brush.

Try this for 30 days and see the results for yourself!

Chemical Exfoliation

Chemical exfoliants remove the top layers of the skin by weakening the lipids that bond them together, thus removing dull and dead skin cells and revealing healthy, new skin.

There are two main types of chemical exfoliants, alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs).

AHAs are geared toward skin rejuvenation, such as anti-ageing and evening out skin tone. On natural skincare products you might see the term "fruit acids" on the label, these often contain blends of AHAs such as glycolic or lactic acid.

The most common type of BHA is Salicylic Acid. This gently unglues dead and dehydrated cells from the skin's surface which may be clogging pores. It's anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties make it ideal for cleaning deep inside the pores without manual exfoliation.

Exfoliating Tonic contains Willow Bark Extract, a natural form of Salicylic Acid. This is less irritating that it's synthetic counterpart and is very effective in a leave-on treatment.

Overall, chemical exfoliants enhance the penetration of other skincare products. It's important not to over-use them, once or twice a week is ample.



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