Face Scrubs and the Importance of Exfoliation

The human skin produces approximately one million skin cells every 40 minutes.  These cells are created, plump and juicy, in the deepest level of the epidermis, then move up the layers of the epidermis to the skin’s surface.  As the cells make their journey, they harden, flatten, and lose moisture, eventually detaching from the skin at the surface, in a process called desquamation.  When these cells detach from the skin, they are replaced by younger cells moving up from the deeper layers.

Skin cells, however, don’t always effectively fall from the skin, which may cause clogged follicles, congestion, dryness, and dullness.  Exfoliation, which removes this cell accumulation to reveal the newer cells below, is critical for a fresh, healthy appearance.  Exfoliation also improves skin texture, brightens the skin, stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, and stimulates cell renewal rates, helping to reduce the signs of premature aging.

There are two types of exfoliation: chemical and physical.  Chemical exfoliation incorporates ingredients such as lactic acid, salicylic acid, and enzymes derived from pineapples and papayas.  Physical exfoliation incorporates manual skin polishers.  The key to using a physical exfoliant on the delicate skin of the face is to use a gentle scrub with smooth, fine granules.  At Little Owl Soap, we focus on physical exfoliants and have specifically formulated two physical exfoliants for the face.

Our Lavender Lemon Facial Scrubbing Grains are great for all skin types, but are specifically tailored for young and oily skin.  Kaolin clay, lemon peel powder, and lavender flower powder form the base of this gentle scrub.  Kaolin clay helps stimulate circulation to the skin as it exfoliates and cleanses, while astringent lemon peel powder is the perfect addition for breakout-prone skin, and lavender flower powder provides gentle exfoliation and a soothing scent.

For dry and mature skin, we recommend our Ginseng Rose Facial Scrubbing Grains.  Rose clay, ginseng powder, and rose petal powder form the base of this scrub.  Rose clay cleanses and exfoliates the skin while improving circulation, and ginseng powder reduces inflammation. Rose petal powder balances the skin and sebum, the skin’s natural barrier and lubricant.

Our facial scrubs come as a dry powder to combine with enough liquid to form a paste, which you then gently massage onto your wet face before rinsing away with warm water.  The liquid you use can be water, your favorite liquid facial cleanser, jojoba oil, non-dairy milk, or even pureed berries.  Both the Lavender Lemon Facial Scrubbing Grains and the Ginseng Rose Facial Scrubbing Grains can double as a masque; just leave the paste on your face for 10 minutes before rinsing.

Aim to exfoliate no more than two times per week.  Over-exfoliation causes noticeable dehydration, sensitization, irritation, inflammation, and dilated capillaries.  As always, wear sunscreen on those beautiful skin cells of yours, even inside and even on cloudy days; UVA (ultraviolet-A) light, which causes signs of aging, makes up 95% of all UV light reaching the earth's surface and passes though clouds and glass.

June 05, 2017 by Jennifer Katehos
Tags: Face Scrubs