Benefits of Exfoliation

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The natural rhythms of the spring season are definitely upon us and just like spring cleaning our homes, our skin can benefit from proper exfoliation. As we transition from the cold drying winter months to springtime and warmer weather, we all want our skin to have a healthy glow. After all, that is part of putting your best face forward for all to see. Pollution, smoke, dryness, UV rays, stress and more are all contributing factors that accelerate the aging process for both men and women. The benefits of exfoliation will be noticable right away and should be part of your daily or weekly facial/body cleansing routine.

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This is simply the process of removing dead skin cells to make way for younger cells while unclogging pores. Comes from the latin word “exfoliare”, which means “to remove leaves.” Our skin is constantly generating new skin cells and as cells start to pile up, they give the skin a rough, dry and dull appearance. Used weekly, exfoliation helps keep the skin renewed by smoothing the epidermis and helps to minimize fine lines. It also boosts circulation to your face and gives your complexion a radiant glow. Your skin will look softer and healthier.

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There are a myriad of products on the market and choose one best suited for your skin type. For the face always use a “gentle” exfoliation product. Never use body scrubs on the face as they are way too harsh. Like most good things, the key is moderation. You can over-exfoliate and increase dryness, especially for sensitive skin types. Weekly exfoliation and daily moisturizing are two important treatments that if carried out regularly, maintain the epidermis for a supple and youthful appearance. Always moisturize after exfoliation. Water is also vital for your skin’s overall appearance, so drink plenty daily.

Essential oils help regulate sebum production, reduce inflammation and stimulate the growth of new cells. Whether you have normal, dry, oily, mature or combination skin, you will benefit from their use. You will notice that many essential oils have crossover benefits for each skin type.

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Normal Skin Types – Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Neroli, Palmarosa, Rose, Rosemary, Rosewood, Sandalwood, and Vetiver.

Oily Skin TypesBergamot, Cedarwood, Clary Sage. Cypress, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Geranium, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Juniper, Lemon, Neroli, Niaouli, Orange, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Peppermint, Rosemary, Rosewood, Sandalwood, Tea Tree, Thyme, Vetiver
and Ylang-Ylang.

Dry, Mature Skin Types Bergamot, Carrot, Cedarwood, Chamomile, Clary Sage. Fennel, Frankincense, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Lime, Myrrh, Neroli, Orange, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Rose, Rosemary, Rosewood, Sandalwood, and Vetiver.

Try our White Feather Skin Care line, especially our Citrus Epi-Peel for exfoliation to help nourish, restore, and revitalize your skin.

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Sensitive Skin Soother for all skin types
  4 drops Rosewood      8 drops Lavender      6 drops Sandalwood
Mix essential oils together and add to 1 oz. Jojoba oil. Massage into skin after treatment.

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Helpful for oily skin or combination skin
4 oz. Distilled Water or unscented Witch Hazel  5 drops Rose Geranium
  2 drops Clary Sage  2 drops Lavender  2 drops Lemon
Add distilled water or unscented witch hazel to clean bottle.
Add essential oils and mix each time to blend well before using.
Apply the toner with cotton ball after cleansing the face.

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Simple, delightful and restorative for mature skin
  10 drops Frankincense  10 drops Geranium-Rose  10 drops Lavender-English
Mix essential oils and add to 1 oz. Jojoba Oil. Soothe over face day and night.

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Body Oil for Dry Skin
Good for both men and women after exfoliation
  10 drops Cedarwood  9 drops Chamomile-Roman
 4 drops Palmarosa  2 drops Patchouli
  ½ oz. Apricot Kernel Oil  ½ oz. Grapeseed Oil
Mix essential oils and add to Carrier Oils and mix well.
Apply over body after bath.

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Uplifting inhalation blend
  16 drops Grapefruit  4 drops Bergamot  2 drops Neroli
Add to diffuser anytime.

’til next time,



About Aromatherapy Contessa

I love creating aromatic blends with essential oils whether for my Arlys Naturals product lines, for fun, or for customer special orders. I'm just drawn into the veil of mystery that nature has provided through these living plants, not just in their aromatic properties, but also their natural healing properties.
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