I once went a full month without exfoliating my face, lips, or body and it totally inspired me to write this entry.  My skin appeared very dull, flaking, and dry.  It definitely wasn’t an experiment to show the importance of exfoliating but it certainly did feed an urge for me to share the knowledge. Although we always hear that this is a very important part of one’s skincare regimen, we often don’t exfoliate as often as we should or properly for that matter. We use harsh exfoliants that leave our skin worse off than it was before.  Often with lupus patients our skin is more sensitive from either medication or rashes or a combination of both, so we more than a lot of other people need to use gentler and more natural exfoliants on our face and body.  If you are in the middle of a flare with rashes I would avoid using anything like a Clarisonic brush it can irritate your rash and leave it more inflamed than it was before.

I have found that when I exfoliate even when I have rashes on my skin, it helps them go away faster and they don’t leave very much hyper pigmentation. The hyper pigmentation goes away after a while with more exfoliation and lightening spot creams. I know at times when you are not feeling well or are upset about a flare the last thing you want to do is take care of your skin, but I can assure you that it will pay off in the long run and help your skin bounce back to its original state a lot faster.   Warning: in the middle of a flare with rashes avoid harsh exfoliants, stick to masks and liquid exfoliants. Based on your skin type and the time of year you should not exfoliate more than two times a week.

Benefits of Exfoliating:

  1. Helps to reduce the occurrence of breakouts: People with acne-prone skin shed more skin cells than those with other skin types, but the cells do not fall away. Instead, they stick to the skin, stacking up to clog pores and hair follicles. As this skin debris builds, the skin produces excess follicle oils—which leads to blackheads and blemishes. Regular exfoliation speeds the process of skin cell turnover so that cell buildup and clogged pores are less likely to occur.
  2. Look younger and more radiant: Exfoliation induces the reproduction of new skin cells and migration of these new skin cells on the top layer of the skin. Therefore, with regular exfoliation, younger skin cells move from the lower layer to upper layer, which produces a younger appearance. Also, exfoliation allows you to achieve a more radiant-looking skin so if you want to look healthier and have that photo finish glow, start exfoliating now.
  3. Maximize the benefits of your moisturizer and the appearance of makeup: Make-up goes on smoother and lasts longer on smooth skin.  Lotions and other products will be better absorbed into the healthy skin underneath. This does not happen as easily when the surface is blocked by dead or dry skin.
My pick for gentle exfoliators:

Clarins– Gentle Peeling Smooth Away Cream- This gentle “peel” smooths away impurities with natural clay, delivering immediate radiance to all skin types, even the most sensitive. Soothing Primrose extract helps maintain an ideal pH balance to ensure clean, comfortable, radiant skin.

Sonia Roselli– Sex Appeal- instantly exfoliates dead flaky skin. Innovative formula is infused with plant enzymes for gentle, effective exfoliation.  Suitable for sensitive skin.

Sunburn Alert: This product contains an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that may increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun and particularly the possibility of sunburn. Use a sunscreen and wear protective clothing. Limit sun exposure while using this product and 7 days afterwards.

 

 

Extra tip: Don’t forget your lips… exfoliating lips can help in maintaining moisture and increasing the wear of lipstick.

DIY!!! I was making gifts for guests of a bridal shower I hosted and I was tasked with making sugar scrubs. Let me make this clear, I am not a DIY kind of woman. I aspire to be that kind of woman and I look to Pintrest as an inspiration, but that is not my ministry. So I looked up recipes for about three weeks until I came upon this one that turned out very well and smelled amazing. You can leave out the food coloring if you like.  I use it on my body and lips.

 

Lavender and Eucalyptus Sugar Scrub:

1 cup organic sugar

½ to ¾ of a cup of grapeseed oil (depending on how moisturizing you want it to be)

5 drops lavender essential oil

5 drops eucalyptus essential oil

Tiniest, miniscule of a drop of food coloring

mix and store in mason jar

 

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