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Facial Exfoliation

Tuesday, 28 January 2014 22:31  by Jessica W.

Self-care benefits our mental health and quality of life, but it can also make our skin younger, smoother and healthier.

Our skin is the largest organ of our body. It protects us from environmental toxins, but it is also through the skin that the body detoxifies itself. A build-up of dead skin can lead to blemishes and acne as the skin attempts but fails to rid itself of toxins. Sloughing off the dead outer layers of skin better allows it to breathe so that we better release toxins from our bodies. It also allows the skin to better absorb the products we use to nourish and hydrate it.

Exfoliation does wonders to shed dead skin and create a softer, smoother skin tone. However, many common exfoliates are far too harsh for our delicate facial skin. It is important not to strip the skin of our facial sebum, which protects the skin from dryness and inflammation.

Fruit enzymes digest dead skin proteins without harsh scrubbing. Their dissolving action is much gentler on sensitive, dry or aging skin. Try this Pineapple and Papaya Mask for a gentle way to improve the quality of your skin. The fruit enzymes will break down dead cells on the surface of the skin while their nutrients stimulate collagen production, reducing the appearance of fine lines.

Pineapple & Papaya Exfoliating Mask

  1. Place half of a ripe papaya, a chunk of pineapple and a tablespoon of warm honey in the food processor and mix until it becomes smooth.
  2. After cleansing, apply to your face and leave on 10 minutes.
  3. Remove with a warm, wet washcloth and follow with toner and moisturizer.

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