The ONE Skincare Secret that Changed My Skin

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The ONE Skincare Secret that Changed My Skin

Do you wonder if the steps you take in your skin care routine matter?  

Could you skip it all and just fall into bed at night?  Maybe a good moisturizer and scrub every once in a while is all you need?   We all have times when we are too busy or tired for a big skin care production twice a day. 

My husband and I recently renovated our bathroom.  We packed everything into boxes and moved into the spare bathroom on a different floor for 8 weeks.  I decided to pare down my products to just the “essentials”:  facial serum, moisturizer and cleanser.  That’s it.  Everything else was packed to keep it simple during our renovations.

By the end of the second week my skin felt dull.   A bit rough.   A little dryer.

Why the sudden change? 

I packed away my morning exfoliating cleanser.  This one step was more critical to soft, glowing skin than I had realized!  I dug my Juice Beauty Exfoliating Cleanser out of our packed boxes, and got back to my morning exfoliation.  One week later my skin was noticeably softer, clearer, felt more moisturized, and overall more glowing.  

Here’s why:

The secret is to exfoliate in the morning… not the evening.  Your skin will repair during the day, and rebuild over night.  Exfoliating in the morning remove impurities and dead skin cells causing your skin to repair throughout the day.  At night, wash with a gentle cream cleanser.  This will signal your skin to rebuild new cells overnight.  Slough off old in the morning, repair through the day, rebuild over night. Repeat!

How to choose the right exfoliator:

Avoid plastic microbeads when choosing an exfoliator.  The microscopic balls of hard plastic flow down drains and pass through wastewater treatment plants, ending up in rivers, lakes, and oceans, where they enter the food chain.  Several states are trying to ban these microbeads (read more).  In addition to the environmental impact, rubbing plastic on your skin and over your pores exposes you to more chemicals (phthalates and more).

Finding microbead-free products is easy if you read ingredient lists and avoid products that contain “polyethylene” or “polypropylene.” Natural alternatives include ground almonds, oatmeal, and pumice.

I use Juice Beauty Exfoliator ($22) and love it.  Another great, all natural product is Odacité Jojoba Beads Exfoliant ($45), or try Fig + Yarrow facial scrub ($22) for an oil-free option (this comes as a paste, and you add water for each application).

Our bathroom renovations are finally complete.  Everything is unpacked, organized, and and we love the results.   My morning exfoliator is right where it belongs – in my new medicine cabinet!

Live-Clear medicine cabinet

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18 Comments

  1. I am going to purchase the exfoliating cleanser you mentioned above. Turning 40 soon and need all the help I can get! Thanks for sharing this great information!

    • 40’s not so bad 🙂 Let me know how you like the exfoliator! Using it in the morning will make all the difference. Enjoy!

  2. Just ordered it. Thank you for posting the link-made it super easy!

  3. Have you tried Gilly’s Organics? Our sugar scrub is divine!
    http://www.gillysorganics.com
    Embracing 40 over here and so far, so good! Xo

  4. Thanks! Didnt know the tip about exfoliating in the morning! Going to start this NOW.

  5. Hi Liane,

    Great article. What you say here is essentially what we teach our customers. Exfoliate early in the day and avoid plastic micro-beads. And of course keep away from chemicals in general.

    Of course we’re partial to our all natural products which are Asian Herbal formulas that have been used for hundreds of years to balance skin health. Here’s a link to our scrub: http://ahsecrets.com/refining-and-exfoliating-scrub-w-jade-4-5-oz/

    • Hunter, thank you for sharing your scrub! It looks wonderful… natural ingredients, and I love the herbal formulas. I can’t wait to try this, and some of your other products!

  6. Akie makes a fantastic sugar scrub that contains organic, extra virgin coconut oil so even the fragrance free scrub has a very mild coconut aroma. However, it is also offered in your favorite cologne fragrance so your daily scrub can leave your entire body (and your bathroom)smelling like your favorite cologne. We recommend using our scrub before you wet your skin for the best exfoliation. We have also had feedback from men who use it after they shave their coarse beards that they don’t get razor burn. Check it out at http://www.AkieProducts.com Akie (pronounced Ah’key) also makes cleansing gel and cleansing bars, hand & body lotion in all your favorite cologne fragrances too. If you want to smell great, this is a great set of products to give you soft, smooth skin that smells amazing!

    • Hi Kathy, I love all the great smelling options! It’s often hard to find natural fragrances… thanks for sharing! I can’t wait to try some…

  7. Exfolliating is a key step in radiant skin.

    I’m the founder of Pure Natural Diva Botanicasl – our POLISHED organic sugar scrub was recently a BELLA NYC obsession!

    We also have the RADIANT facial exfoliant featuring organic coconut and jojoba seeds – perfect for delicate skin. Note our skin care has yet to launch on the website – send an email if you’re interested in placing an order.

    • Hi Tania! I have actually tried some Pure Natural Diva Botanicals (the fragrances) and loved them. Natural ingredients, beautiful scents… so hard to find, and the topic of an upcoming post! I will be watching for the launch of your skincare on the site – thanks for sharing!

  8. Love this! If you have sensitive skin, try an exfoliaant made with powdered citrus peal powder like this one…
    http://www.lulabrooks.com/collections/performance-skinfood/products/vitamin-c-resurfacing-polish

    When you add water it turns into a soft porridge-like texture that gently sloughs away dead cells.

    Plus, you get an added boost of vitamin C (which brightens the skin and is essential for the production of collagen) and natural alpha hydroxy acids which gently exfoliate the skin on a deeper level.

    All of this adds up to an all over glow without the damage cause by harsher scrubs.

    • Lulu, wow – this sounds like a powerful product… but still natural and gentle! I am loving all the new product suggestions here in the comments, and can’t wait to try this one too!

  9. Love this! If you have sensitive skin, try an exfoliant made with powdered citrus peal powder like this one…
    http://www.lulabrooks.com/collections/performance-skinfood/products/vitamin-c-resurfacing-polish

    When you add water it turns into a soft porridge-like texture that gently sloughs away dead cells.

    Plus, you get an added boost of vitamin C (which brightens the skin and is essential for the production of collagen) and natural alpha hydroxy acids which gently exfoliate the skin on a deeper level.

    All of this adds up to an all over glow without the damage cause by harsher scrubs.

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