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Help Me Choose Natural Skin Care for Exfoliation

What is it?

Exfoliation is considered one of the most important things that you do to achieve healthy, radiant skin.

On average we generate a new layer of skin every two to four weeks. As we age there is a gradual decrease in the rate at which the old dead cells leave the surface of our skin.

These dead skin cells accumulate on the skin surface and are responsible for the appearance of dull, lifeless skin. Although soap will remove dirt and excess oil, soap alone cannot remove all of the excess dead cells.

Exfoliating removes dead skin cells, deep cleans the skin, unclogs pores, removes dirt and makeup residue, helps reduce acne breakouts, encourages new cell growth and stimulates blood flow to the skin’s surface for a fresh, healthy glow. Exfoliation will allow your moisturizers to penetrate deeper and improve the moisture level of your skin.

We sell many products and accessories that will help exfoliate your body, face, and feet.

Signs That Skin Needs Exfoliating

Dull, Lifeless Skin

The accumulation of dead skin cells on the surface of the skin, causes the skin to look dull, lifeless and lackluster.

Dry Flaky Skin

There is a simple test you can do at home to see if you have dead, dry skin cells on your skin:

  1. Take a piece of clear tape about 3-4 inches in length
  2. Apply it to your forehead or forearm
  3. Rub it gently for 2-3 seconds
  4. Remove

Look at the tape, and if there are little pieces of flaky skin, then you need to exfoliate!

Helping with Exfoliation

How Often To Exfoliate

How Often To Exfoliate

How often you need to exfoliate depends on your skin type, but one or two times a week seems to be the standard for most. Remember the purpose of exfoliating is to remove excess dead skin cells. You do not want to scrub so hard that you are removing healthy cells, which will leave your skin red and sore.

Oily skin: exfoliate once or twice a week
Dry skin: exfoliate once a week
Mature skin: exfoliate once a week

You may be wondering, "How Do I Know If I Need To Exfoliate?" Here is a simple test you can do yourself to see if you have dead dry skin cells on the surface of your skin. 

  • Take a piece of clear tape and apply it to your forehead
  • Rub it gently and remove
  • Look at the tape, and if there are little pieces of flaky skin, then you need to exfoliate!
When to Exfoliate

When to Exfoliate

Although many experts advise that the best time to exfoliate your skin is when you wake up in the morning, there is no one true solution that fits everybody.

Since your skin repairs and renews itself overnight, you wake up with new dead skin cells on the skin's surface. Exfoliating in the morning helps slough away dead skin.

For more comprehensive info on Exfoliation, read our blog, "The Nitty Gritty of Exfoliation"

How to Exfoliate

How to Exfoliate

Rub your exfoliating product firmly but gently on wet skin in a circular motion. Sensitive facial skin should be scrubbed gently, while the skin on your torso can be scrubbed a bit harder.

The very sensitive area around the eyes does not need and should not be exfoliated. Since skin oils tend to hold on to dead skin cells, people with oily skin may need to exfoliate more often.

It's a good idea to remove any makeup and cleanse your skin before exfoliating in order to get a good deep clean.

Oily and Dry Skin

Oily and Dry Skin

Acne and Oily Skin

If you have acne-prone or very oily skin you may think you need to exfoliate often. But, washing your face too much and over-exfoliating will dry out the skin. The sebaceous glands react to this excess dryness by producing even more oil which ultimately causes more breakouts to occur. So, we suggest exfoliating once or twice a week.

Dry Skin

Exfoliation for those with dry skin is very important, especially in winter. When our skin feels dry we too often slather on heavy creams to compensate for the dryness. But dry skin flaky skin means that you have a build-up of dead, dry skin cells. Why would you want to moisturize dry, dead skin cells?  What you really want to do is exfoliate those dead skin cells away and then moisturize the skin. 

A great product for dry facial skin in need of exfoliation is our gentle Adzuki Bean Scrub


Super Simple Gentle Exfoliation

Super Simple Gentle Exfoliation

You may not realize it, but simple exfoliation occurs every time you wash your face, from the friction of rubbing your skin with a washcloth or even your hands. 

We have natural soaps that we call "exfoliating" soaps, but we also have many soaps that contain ingredients that provide gentle exfoliation. Rubbing a simple soap bar that contains crushed or powdered botanicals or even clays can help remove dead skin cells. 

Things to Avoid When Exfoliating

Synthetic Exfoliant Microbeads

Exfoliating microbeads were recently banned from from rinse-off cosmetics by mid-2017. Microbeads are made of plastic, do not biodegrade and are polluting the oceans, groundwater, waterways and aquatic life. There are still products out there that contain these plastic spheres--so beware!

Harsh Exfoliants

Avoid using scrubs that contain pulverized nutshells and fruit pits, like apricot kernels, which often have sharp edges that can tear delicate skin. Harsh acid scrubs will irritate already sensitive skin. Salts scrubs are best left for the body since they are a too harsh and drying for the face.



Our face has different zones in which the skin can vary in thickness, texture, pore size and the number of oil-producing glands.

Each zone may have very different needs and require individual attention.

So, what happens if you have multiple facial skin issues, like dryness, oily spots, and blemishes? 

The answer is Multi-Masking . . .  

What is Multi-Masking

Multi-masking is exactly what it sounds like. Instead of applying one face mask over your entire face, you apply different masks to different areas of the face in order to treat multiple skincare concerns at the same time.

For more information please read our blog Multi-Masking and Targeted Application For Combination Facial Skin


Related Articles

The Nitty Gritty of Exfoliation

The Nitty Gritty of Exfoliation

It may surprise you, but I have never been obsessed with skincare products. My skin care regimen consisted of a shower with soap and water--and I was done! If you would have told me 10 years ago that I would soon be massaging myself with sugars, salts and pulverized beans, I would have politely disagreed. But my skin now thanks me each and every day!

How To Use Clay Face Masks

How To Use Clay Face Masks

Clay facial masks are an easy and inexpensive way for both men and women to pamper themselves and invigorate their skin. Creating an application technique that works for your skin will get you one step closer to a beautiful complexion.

Multi-Masking and Targeted Application For Combination Facial Skin

Multi-Masking and Targeted Application For Combination Facial Skin

Our face has different zones in which the skin can vary in thickness, texture, pore size and the number of oil-producing glands. Not surprisingly, each of these zones may have very different needs and require individual attention. Applying the same clay face mask everywhere may not help treat the different needs of your facial skin zones, and can possibly aggravate the skin in certain areas.

Adzuki Beans in Skin Care

Adzuki Beans in Skin Care

Multipurpose, exfoliating organic AZUKI BEAN powder gently buffs away dull, dry, flaky skin. Used in Japanese skin care regimens for centuries, Adzuki beans contain a natural foaming agent called saponin that helps cleanse pores by absorbing excess oils, removing dirt and dead skin cells, drawing out impurities and promoting circulation.

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