Cleanse and Exfoliate Skin - some Tips and Tricks

Updated: Feb 4


One of my favourite things to do when I have a few minutes to spare on the weekend is to cleanse and exfoliate. My daily ritual in the shower is not long enough to relax, and that’s why I love a bath. If it is possible give yourself some time to treat yourself.

For kids this may be a bubble bath. The only problem is that most bubble bath formulae contain a lot of harsh ingredients that aren’t really that good for the little ones. A lot of supermarket soaps contain synthetic chemicals, artificial fragrances and antibacterial agents. They can strip your skin of its protective oil barrier and leave your skin feeling tight, itchy and dry. And that’s the same for adults too.

So, try to use face and body products that are gentle on your skin. That’s why I am so passionate about gently cleansing and looking after the world we live in. I guess I’m a bit of a hippy at heart!

Skin Deep

Skin has a large surface area on our body and its purpose is to protect us from the elements, like ones that cause physical and environment damage. It helps us to maintain a steady temperature. Skin serves as a sensory organ for the body by responding to heat, cold, pleasure and pain. Our skin constantly transmits and receives information. It stores essential body fat and excretes toxins when we sweat and secretes sebum to keep the skin lubricated and plump. If all is OK, our skin will look radiant. If not, there may be signs it is in distress.

The outermost layer of the skin is the epidermal layer and this is where wrinkles or blemishes appear. The epidermis provides a shield to the outside world and it consists of a form of soft keratin.

The dermal layer below the epidermis or dermis is the strong elastic layer. The high level of blood flow gives you roses in your cheek or a glow of good health. Two of the main proteins in the dermis are Collagen and Elastin. Collagen gives strength and form to the skin. Elastin give skin its flexibility. So as times goes and as environmental effects are taking place we may find that our skin is showing signs of ageing. That’s OK as long as we remember some key actions.

Skin Health

Below the dermis is the subcutaneous layer containing very important fats that help to keep the skin looking plump and healthy. A little fat is a good thing to keep our skin in good shape. Sometimes we may think that fat is bad but in the right quantity it provides nutrients to our body and our skin. Some oils are so good for us inside and out. Busy Bee Blossom products include a variety of vegetable oils that are truly amazing in keeping skin healthy. Very importantly oils like Sweet Almond Oil have been proven over time to cleanse and remove dirt and grime from our skin. It does sound a little funny that oils can be used to cleanse our skin but it’s true. That’s because they lift and remove dirt and grime while the skin absorbs nutrients found in the oil. Argan oil is very beneficial to skin health and contains a wide variety of vitamins and minerals. It doesn’t feel greasy when applied and it just takes a small amount to get the benefit. As a cleanser it has a comedogenic rating of Zero meaning it is non-clogging for our skin pores.

The Japanese and French women have traditionally cleansed with botanical oils. You can do this by placing a few drops of Blossom Bath Oil or Blossom Pure Moroccan Argan Oil onto your dampened skin, rubbing into your skin using a circular motion. Then rinse off and remove using a warm damp face cloth.

Water is so important to drink too – remember sweating is our body removing waste so keeping it up is important.

The skin is always working and it never rests. It excretes sweat, secrets sebum and sheds dead skin cells so its a natural beauty must to cleanse on a daily basis. And a nice weekend treat at home is a great thing to do as well.

Some ideas to try now are:

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