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I’ve Never Exfoliated – Should I?

facial_creamThe simple answer is, “Yes!” You should exfoliate on a regular basis for the healthiest and best looking skin you can have from head to toe. You don’t have to spend a lot of money at a medical spa having a chemical peel, or at a more “experiential” establishment having a special seaweed scrub. But you really should take the time to exfoliate. Let’s talk about the simplicity of exfoliating and the benefits.

First, if you use a loofah or other gently scrubbing body product on your skin when you shower you are already exfoliating. What the loofah does is very basic. It scrubs off both surface dirt and dead skin without using any chemicals or harsh abrasives. The result is easy to see. Dead skin and surface matter can dull and clog the pores of your skin. Lotions and moisturizers you apply may simply sink into the dead skin cells and never penetrate to the cells beneath. Cleansers was away some surface grime but do not take away much.

You know how bad dead skin can look if you’ve ever given your heels or elbows a serious inspection. A pumice stone or sugar scrub can help clean away much of that flaky skin and a good moisturizer will restore the suppleness and softness that you’d prefer to see. But that just takes care of your body. What about your face?

On your face a loofah would be too rough. You don’t want anything scraping at that delicate surface! So you use a basic exfoliating gel or exfoliating crystals to gently take away the dead skin from the top layer of your skin. Suddenly, your face feels cleaner and looks glowing and healthy! Your pores are open and your moisturizer soaks right in. Makeup goes on more easily. And best of all, the stimulation your skin receives promotes healing and renewal.

Two of our favorite exfoliating products are Microdermabrasion™ Exfoliating Cream with micro-crystals and Exfoliation Plus+™ with AHA fruit acid gel. Both thoroughly but gently clean your face and come with our famous 30-day moneyback guarantee! There’s no risk to try your first exfoliation and we believe you will be thrilled with the results.

Spring Forward

We are not quite there yet but I am already dreaming of Spring. I can’t wait to wear light dresses, sandals, and shed all of these heavy clothes that I’ve been burdened with throughout the Winter months. I know we are not quite to Spring yet but that doesn’t mean I can’t look ahead!

The first plan I have for Spring is to do a thorough exfoliation of my skin, and for that I have a number of choices. I could go to a medical spa for a serious peel but that makes me nervous. I’d rather use a gentler product and not risk damaging my skin. Right now my choices are:

Oh Honey, Amber Facial Scrub – This one really appeals to me. I love the little amber exfoliating crystals and the honey and vanilla cleansing and moisturizing scrub just makes it all seem so luxurious and enjoyable. The jar is good for about 40 exfoliation treatments so it is a great buy as well!

Or, I could use Exfoliate Me™ Glycolic Facial Cleanser, a preparation that uses glycolic acid to gently remove dead skin cells and promote and encourage growth of new cells. You can use it occasionally, or even every day as part of your regimen. It works on all skin types and is a superior product if you are dealing with discolorations and unevenness in skin color, or blemishes from acne.

My favorite to work on my skin after a long winter has always been the Microdermabrasion Exfoliating Cream. Gently abrasive crystals go to work scrubbing your skin, while the moisturizing effects of Shea Butter, Vitamin E, Grapeseed Extract and Jojoba Oil smooth away any imperfections or fine wrinkles. What a feeling! Afterwards, my skin feels as if I’ve had a spa treatment and makeup just glides on!

Whichever one you choose, make sure it is paraben-free, cruelty-free, and contains no artificial fragrances or formaldehyde products. Treat your skin with love and you’ll look radiant!





Chemical Peels vs Exfoliation, What Should I Do?

Many women are concerned about a variety of surface skin conditions that respond well to peels or exfoliating gels or scrubs.  But is there a way to determine which is right for your skin?  To start with, it is helpful to know what a chemical peel is.  In a peel a doctor will use a chemical formula on your face which causes the skin to blister up and then to slough off.  When the face heals, the resulting skin is fragile and needs special care, but is generally free of many of the original fine lines and discoloration caused by age.  The doctor will often use pain medication during and after, and recovery depends on how deep a peel was done.  There are side effects to be considered and these treatments are not recommended for everyone.

In an exfoliation treatment, there are usually products you can safely use at home.  The concept is similar but more gentle:  Old dead skin is scrubbed off or lifted off by a gel, and new fresh skin underneath will have reduced fine lines and discoloration.  You may be using a microdermabrasion method, an AHA gel, or a gentle scrub to remove older skin cells so new fresh skin can shine through:

The advantages to exfoliation at home are numerous:

  • Lower risk of infection, injury or side effects
  • No long recovery
  • Lower costs
  • No need for pain medication or a doctor or medical spa to administer

The most important thing to know is that regularly exfoliating and using a good moisturizer achieves excellent results over time because you are encouraging your skin to rejuvenate and the newer skin is lighter, smoother and less lined.

Please note:  neither method is effective with deep lines or heavy scarring.

There was a time when only the doctor could get really good results on mature skin but skin care science has moved beyond that.  You can make your own choices about treatments and then see the beautiful results for yourself!

See which exfoliation method is right for you!  Choose an exfoliating product.

The Top 5 Benefits of Skin Exfoliation

If you aren’t currently exfoliating your skin on a regular basis, here’s exactly why you need to make exfoliation an important component of your skin care routine:

Enjoy Skin That Looks Younger: Regular exfoliation is one of the best ways to keep your skin looking vibrant and youthful. The reason exfoliating products do such a good job of reducing signs of aging is because they remove dead skin cells. Once these cells are removed, your skin will be visibly brighter and have an overall healthier appearance.

Easy to Use: Getting a professional skin treatment requires you to schedule an appointment and block out valuable time during your day. What’s great about using a skin exfoliation scrub is instead of filling up your already busy schedule, you can exfoliate your skin in a matter of minutes. All you have to do to use an exfoliating gel is apply it to your face, wait an average of three minutes and then rinse it off. For the best results, follow up this simple process by applying a moisturizer to the area you exfoliated. You can also use a microdermabrasion type exfoliator for your face.

Reduces Acne Scarring: One of the most frustrating conditions to deal with as an adult is scarring from teenage acne. Although your skin is now clear, these scars prevent it from looking its best. While it can be very difficult to reduce the appearance of acne scarring, regular skin exfoliation can make a noticeable difference. Exfoliation cleansers that contain glycolic acid can work especially well to reduce the visibility of acne scarring.

More Even Skin Tone: An uneven skin tone can cause your skin to look aged. Fortunately, once the dead skin cells are removed during exfoliating, it will result in a more balanced skin tone that will ensure you feel very attractive. Exfoliation also gives your skin a smoother look by reducing the visibility of your pores.

Results Without the Harshness: Many people are hesitant to exfoliate because they’re afraid that the process of getting rid of dead cells is going to be really hard on their skin. However, quality exfoliation products are gentle enough for even sensitive skin. A bonus result is that newly exfoliated skin, without the outermost layer of dead skin cells, more readily accepts products such as your favorite repair cream or hyaluronic acid cream.

There are several reasons you can regularly exfoliate without worrying about a harsh application. Instead of being forced to endure a burning sensation during exfoliation, using our products means all you’ll experience is gentle tingling. The products we offer have no artificial fragrances, so you won’t be exposed to harsh chemical smells. And since the exfoliation products sold through our website are 100% paraben-free, you won’t have to worry about any harmful side effects.

To enjoy all of the benefits that regular exfoliation has to offer, it’s best to use Oh Honey! facial scrub 1 to 3 times a week. Sticking to a consistent exfoliation schedule will ensure that your skin always looks and feels its best.

If you aren’t currently using an quality scrub but have decided that you’re going to start, you will be thrilled with the significant difference you see in just a matter of weeks!

Which skin exfoliation product is best for you?

Mango Madness Skin Care offers 4 different exfoliators. Two are Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) gels and two are facial scrubs. The two AHA gels are the 10% glycolic acid Exfoliate Me™ cleanser, and the Exfoliation Plus+™15% fruit acid gel. The two face scrubs are the gentle amber crystal scrub, and the more aggressive exfoliating cream.

If you have dry skin, you’re better off using the scrubs, because the AHA skin exfoliation products can be drying.  If you have normal or combination skin, you can typically use either kind of exfoliation product, although if you have sensitive skin, stay with either the amber face scrub or the 10% glycolic acid gel cleanser (Exfoliate Me™).

No matter which exfoliator you use, you are removing the top layer of old, dead skin cells. Although you do want to remove this top layer to promote collagen growth and allow your skin to accept skin care creams more readily, these old skin cells do offer a small measure of protection from sunlight. So, after exfoliating, be sure to wear a good broad spectrum sunscreen with a SPF of at least 30.

What to do about Age Spots on your Skin, Hands, Face, Chest

Age spots, also known as liver spots or sun spots, are known to dermatologists as “solar lentigo,” or more lightheartedly, “wisdom spots.” As the medical name implies, they are caused by years of accumulation of sunlight exposure.  These spots can appear anywhere on your body that has had a lot of sun exposure, typically on the face, shoulders, arms, chest, hands, and neck.

Age spots are flat, round, dark, and much larger than a common freckle. As a cautionary note, while they are benign and pose no skin cancer risk, it is important to distinguish them from skin cancer, which will be dark spots showing irregular edges or uneven color, and change in appearance. Talk to your dermatologist if you have any suspicions.

How do you get rid of age spots? Your dermatologist can remove them with a laser treatment or by freezing them. If you want a less radical approach, try exfoliating your skin with a paraben-free exfoliator.  This process will yield results over time.

Finally, to help prevent more age spots, be sure to use a daily UVA/UVB sunblock with a SPF of at least 15.