You know how your legs get if you haven't been diligent in moisturizing? In its mildest form, your skin has that white ashy look and in its worst form you can see a scale pattern occurring?
Obviously horrifying if this happens and the only way to prevent it from happening is to 'maintain' your skin. Your body is always regenerating skin cells and as the new form deeper in your skin they push out the old and the dead cells emerge as that ashy look.
Simple solution you say, "Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate". Which of course is true, HOWEVER,
there is good exfoliation and bad exfoliation and way too much exfoliation.
Here is our 4 step path to no more reptile legs
First of all, did you know that a hot shower or bath, the hot water part, is detrimental to your skin? Just as when you are cleaning oily dishes, the oil is easier to remove the hotter the temperature of the water - this is also true when it comes to our skin. As much as it feels wonderful to have a steaming hot shower, especially in winter, hot water will actually remove the natural oils from your skin.
The obvious solution then would be to shower in cold water.
No, no, no ... thoughts of the ice water bucket challenge come to mind. Self inflicted torture!
We look forward to our showers (or baths) because warm water on our bodies feels good and we do want to keep looking forward to that ablution, not having to be dragged in kicking and screaming! Cold water is not comfortable unless it is summer and swimming is a way to cool off, but we're talking about showering here. The best thing you can do in your shower is take that temperature down to the lowest degree of warmth you can handle without squealing. This is an important first step.
The purpose of showering is to get clean, to wash off dirt, sweat and dead skin cells. The easiest way to remove all that is to use soap and your choice of soap will make a huge difference to how your skin will look and feel.
Soaps made with harsh detergents and other chemical additives are going to strip your skin of those natural oils so it makes sense to avoid such products, right? But you love your liquid body wash ?
That bottle of body wash is a soup of mostly water and unpronounceable and horrible chemicals. But it lathers up profusely so we believe it is cleaning us. True, it is. Going back to the oily dishes analogy, the best way to get oil and grease off is by using a detergent. That's also what is in mass produced body washes and soaps, detergent. Albeit tempered so it is not as harsh as the detergents you use for dish washing, but detergent nonetheless.
Your second step is to ensure that the soap you use is as natural as possible. Being able to pronounce and recognize the ingredients is a simple way to tell how natural a product is.
Which brings us to the third step: exfoliation
Removing those dead skin cells from the surface of your skin requires a little friction. A little friction.
The dead skin cells are sitting on the surface and the oil in your skin is holding them there, not super glue! All you need is a little gentle exfoliation to separate them so they wash away. Beneath those dead skin cells are the newer skin cells, the ones you want to keep and take care of, but heavy exfoliation will damage them. Kind of a self defeating action wouldn't you say?
Along the same lines, too much exfoliation and/or too frequent exfoliation does the same thing.
Gentle exfoliation a couple of times a week is ideal. How do you do that?
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