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.
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!
Do you know what’s in your beauty products? Download the free Ingredient Guide to help you navigate labels and know what to avoid next time you shop.
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