We’re all about positively glowing skin around here, but how does one obtain it? For sure, the products you use for moisturizing are super important! If you haven’t already, you must check out our Moisturizing & Brightening Facial Glow Oils. Yet, moisturizing is only one part of the formula for glowing skin. What else must one do?
Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate!
Another key to positively glowing skin is exfoliation! Need proof? Check out what Mr. Forever Young himself aka Pharrell Williams had to say about his skincare routine a while back in an interview with Dazed. When asked about his routine, Pharrell states,
“I exfoliate like a madman. When you exfoliate and you drink a lot of water, that does good for you. To me, the key is just exfoliating, like a monster. There’s a lot of dead skin. All the time. Like a narcissistic madman.”
There you go. You heard the man!
I admit that even though I’m fascinated with natural skincare and mixing together potions and lotions, exfoliation is a weakness of mine. A recent trip to a day spa (shout out to hubby for a great anniversary gift!) proved that I could benefit from exfoliating my t-zone more. The esthetician who performed my facial recommended exfoliating about 3 times a week, adjusting according to my skin’s sensitivity.
Do you, too, need to start exfoliating like a madman to maintain a Pharrell Williams-like glow? Try making a simple facial scrub using two parts sugar (cane sugar, brown sugar, another type of fine textured sugar) and one part oil. (Note that brown sugar is believed to be the gentlest for sensitive skin types.)
Why use sugar as opposed to salt? Sugar is less abrasive and less drying than salt (which can tear the skin) and is a natural source of glycolic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that helps remove the top layer of dead skin on your face and promotes the regeneration of new skin cells.
So how can you make a simple, yet effective sugar scrub at home? Take into account your skin type and try experimenting with the ingredients that you may already have on hand below.
Oil options for normal, dry skin types
Sweet almond oil
Oil options for oily/combination/acne-prone skin types
Pumpkin seed oil
If your skin is very sensitive, you may even want to add a bit of aloe vera juice to calm your skin and prevent irritation. Feel free to experiment with different types of sugar, oils, and additives to find the right combo that works well for your unique skincare needs. And since you’ll be exfoliating “like a madman,” it’s more important than ever to make sure you wear your sunscreen every day to protect your baby soft, glowing skin from damage.