Why exfoliating leads to a flawless complexion

A lot of the time people come to me with their skin care concerns, I find the main culprit of the conditions that are occurring on the skin is lack of exfoliation. People feel, if they are cleansing and moisturising, this is enough and although I commend you on your skin care efforts - It's not.... (but it IS still much better than nothing!). Educating your self as a skin care user gives you the choice to know what's good for skin intead of someone else telling you. I hope this little piece helps you make informed decisions when it comes to your most noticeable organ!

If you hop on an escalator, by the time you've reached the next level, you've inhaled the person infront of you's entire bodily surface... Delicious right? I put that little fun fact in to let you know that your skin cells are always dying and trying to shed off to make room for the next cells being pushed up.The thing about the face is, there are more oil glands per centimeter than the rest of the body producing oils and sticking the dead skin down to the face, clogging the pores and also acting as a barrier stopping your beautiful active serums and moisturisers from absorbing into the fresh healthy, live tissue that they are meant for. Here are some reasons why exfoliating (in some form) is imperative in any and EVERY skin care regime...

Helps clear breakouts, black heads and acne by unclogging the caps of dead skin cells blocking up and clogging the pores. If you imagine your skin like the surface of a sea sponge, all those little holes need to be unblocked so your oil and sweat being produced on a regular basis can flow freely out onto the surface instead of collecting in the pore causing it to fill up with no out let - aka A PIMPLE!

Aids in serum and moisturiser absorption. We tend to invest most of our money when we spend on skin care in our serums and moisturisers hoping for them to do most of the anti-ageing right? But how are they going to penetrate as deeply as they should if they are being hindered by a barrier of dead skin? If we remove that "mask" of dead skin cells, your skin care will treat the live cells optimizing penetration of active ingredients.

Smooths the skin's surface reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by removing the dry dead dull cells stuck on the surface making the skin appear lack luster, older, uneven and more dehydrated. Once these cells are removed via exfoliation it reveals the fresh healthy bright, smooth tissue underneath.

Its anit-ageing. By assisting in all of the above, exfoliating makes the skin appear much more youthful. Not only does it "appear" more youthful but exfoliating cultivates and speeds up the skin's natural regeneration (cellular turnover). The slow down of this process is one of the major causes of ageing. By regularly exfoliating, you help to thin the top layers of the epi-dermis (where wrinkles and lines reside) and assist in cultivating a thicker dermis which houses the collagen, elastin and hydration within the skin. Collagen and elastin act as the skin's scaffolding holding it up and firming the skin making it appear more youthful and plumped.

Depending on the strength of your exfoliant it should be done at least once a week to achieve the best results. Always use as directed. Always use in combination with a cleanser and moisturiser - at least. Regular exfoliation can lead to a bit of sensitivity to UV so make sure you are always wearing sun protection of some form. Enjoy softer, younger, brighter, smoother skin :).

Lady Luxe exfoliants of choice

Vigor skin renewal gel: This amazing product uses lactic and salicylic acid to smooth the skin's surface and unclog the pores. Vitamin A also helps to smooth and anti-age the skin. It is suspended in organic aloe vera gel and uses a combination of calming essential oils to hydrate the skin whilst it is being renewed. Bamboo powder helps to slough off the dead skin cells after the acids have gone to work. An amazing hybrid between an ezymatic and mechanical exfoliation making sure there is not an ounce of dead skin left!

http://www.vigorskintherapy.com.au/face-products/renewal-gel-exfoliating-mask

Frankbody: Let's be frank.... this product is great value for money. It uses coffee seed powder, sea salts, brown sugar, cocoa powder and other nut and essential oils specific to your concerns assisting in detoxification and stimulation also aiding in the reduction of varicose veins, cellulite and stretch marks. Smells amazing... I almost ate it!

http://frankbody.com/

Nimue exfoliating enzymes: This product uses pinapple, papaya and orange enymes to help break down dead skin the way our stomach acids break down food. The enzymes can be used on most skins.

http://www.nimueskin.com/products_view.html?main=3&cat=5&p_id=38

Source

http://kiss-mag.com/5-benefits-of-exfoliating-your-skin/

http://www.sonyadakarskinclinic.com/why-exfoliate-skin

 

Is grapefruit one of the most beautifying foods in the world?

Grapefruit is one of my favourite fruits. Especially after i've over indulged on the weekend and am in need of a quick fix debloat and pick me up. Iv'e been prescribing this wonder fruit to alot of my clients recently to help purify their skin. Whilst researching Grapefruit's benefits, I started to notice that there were ALOT of benefits. Not only is grapefruit (predominantly of the pink and red variety) shown to lower blood glucose levels, assist in weight-loss and as research has shown fights against cancer prevention but it is also know to help your body work efficiently at flushing out toxins from the body and the waste from all your cells - the latter is specifically what will make the skin appear clean, bright and even. The vitamins and minerals in grapefruit will feed your cells keeping the skin cells healthy and strong and make your skin absolutely glow. Grapefruit helps to cleanse the liver helping make dark circles under the eyes appear brighter and can also aid in preventing and clearing breakout.

Not only can you ingest grapefruit for its skin benefits but applied topically will fight free-radicall damage and deliver a surge of anti-oxidants directly into the skin. The juices will fight against skin concerns such as lines and wrinkles, uneven skin tone, discoloration and blemishes just to name a few.

Try these grapefruit tips: 

Not a massive fan of the tartness? Why not try adding a little natural sweetener like stevia, agave or honey over the top.

Slice into rings and freeze for the extra cooling effect.

Add to your water.

Juice with other fruits

After cleansing, wipe a slice over the face and pat off excess with a tissue before moisturising