By Master Stylist Vicki Ogden-O’Fee
During winter, our skin can sometimes feel dull and drab. The primary cause of dull skin in the winter is a lack of moisture in the air, you may notice that your skin feels dry—and looks dull. It is especially common to experience dull, dry skin in the wintertime when air tends to be drier, we are working more inside with heaters and air conditioners which all dry our skin out. So, what can we do to help renew our skin and get back our healthy glow?
Exfoliation really helps our skin. With regular exfoliating your skin will absorb more nutrients and goodness from serums, creams, and lotions when applied. Its not just our face that needs exfoliating, our whole body will benefit from exfoliation. Once you start doing this regularly the secret is to get in a habit and make exfoliation a regular occurrence.
Here is some information on exfoliating your face, regular facials work wonders, but this may not always be possible so you will need to exfoliate at home as well.
- Why do we exfoliate our face?
Exfoliating is the process of removing dead skin cells from the surface of your skin using a, granular substance. Your skin naturally sheds dead skin cells to make room for new cells every 30 days or so. Exfoliating regularly helps with new cell production and skin renewal.
- How many times a week should you exfoliate your face?
The absolute maximum you should be exfoliating is three times a week. It is a good idea to get in the habit of picking one day a week, say a Wednesday and then exfoliate your face every Wednesday. If you are not exfoliating already you will notice a big difference in your skins texture and appearance.
- How long should I leave scrub on my face?
The process is simple: Either use a physical facial scrub or a chemical scrub suited for your skin type, gently massage the scrub into damp skin for one minute or if using a chemical exfoliant pat the exfoliant over cleansed skin, then rinse and moisturize your skin. Repeat once or twice a week.
At V For hair and Beauty Merivale we recommend two facial exfoliants and one lip exfoliant.
Pure Fiji – Coconut Sugar Lip Polish – 20g “NEW PRODUCT ALERT”
Fragrances: Coconut – Mango – Coconut milk & honey – Coconut & lime blossom
Smooth and refine lips with this 2 in 1 treatment. Coconut sugar and cold pressed organic coconut and dilo oils will buff away dry, flaky skin and infuse moisture leaving lips soft and supple.
Coconut Sugar: derived from the coconut palm flower, coconut sugar is a fine texture making it gentler on the skin and great for delicate areas such as the lips! This fine sugar will buff away dry, flaky skin. Coconut sugar is also high in antioxidants.
Cacao Seed Butter: The emollient properties of cocoa butter act as a protective barrier by supplying and retaining moisture in the lips and skin. Cocoa butter also contains antioxidant Vitamins A, C and E, which can help slow the signs of ageing.
Botanical Oil Blend: Our award-winning organic oil blend containing cold-pressed Coconut, Dilo, Macadamia and Sikeci oils hydrate and nourish skin with vital nutrients – Vitamins A, B, C & E and Omegas 3, 6, 7 & 9. This blend is also very high in Antioxidants.Vitamin E: Softens lips, protects against free radicals.
Pure Fiji – Exfoliating Scrub – 120ml
Refresh and brighten your delicate facial skin with the freshest of tropical ingredients. This gentle and natural scrub eases away impurities and unblocks pores with the power of Pineapple and Papaya enzymes. Then vitamin-rich coconut crème nourishes newly revealed skin for a brighter and younger looking complexion. Can be used on acne prone skin.
- Brightens skin
- High in natural antioxidants and essential fatty acids such as Omega 3 and 6 to boost skin protection and restore a healthy balance and glow
- Also, a natural oil (sebum) regulator
- Will not clog pores and helps fight inflammation of the skin
- Helps clear acne prone skin
Mukti – 2-In-1 Resurfacing Exfoliant – 200ml
Combination/Oily, Dry, Mature, Normal Skin
A gentle 2-in-1 skin polish that deeply nourishes and cleanses the complexion, improving skin texture. Bioactive, cellular extracted Caviar Lime, Desert Lime and Rainforest Lime native (AHA) fruit acids dissolve the intercellular bonds to encourage collagen production. Melting jojoba esters and finely ground bamboo particles gently eliminate dead cells leaving a fresh and renewed complexion. Use to promote a radiant, healthy looking glow.
Your entire body will feel amazing and your skin invigorated after a full body exfoliation. Make this part of your weekly habit and you will never look back.
- Should you exfoliate your entire body?
It is good to exfoliate your whole body, not just the face. The problem is that sometimes those dead skin cells do not fall off — they just build up and clog pores or make skin feel rough. … Exfoliating your entire body can help prevent body acne in many places below your neck, such as the chest, back and arms.
- Why is it important to use a body scrub?
Using a body scrub regularly will help make your skin look more vibrant and youthful. Benefits of body scrubs through the removal of dead skin cells because of exfoliation with a mild body scrub extend to moisturizing as it allows for the easy absorption of a skin moisturizer into the healthy skin.
- How often should I do a full body exfoliation?
Ideally, you should exfoliate at most two or three times a week. People with excessively oily skin may need to exfoliate on a daily basis. People with drier skin should use chemical based exfoliants. With these products, you can break down the bonds of skin cells, making it easier for the dead cells to shed naturally
We have two types of body exfoliants that we recommend. I use them both and alternate them. They all smell divine as well.
Pure Fiji Coconut crush scrub 177ml
Fragrances : Coconut – Mango – Guava – Coconut & lime blossom
A decadent coconut crème scrub infused with crushed coconut shells from the South Pacific for a smoother exfoliation. Designed to gently buff away dry skin cells and unclog pores to rejuvenate your skin while vitamin rich coconut crème with exotic drift nut oils deeply moisturize and nourish – your complexion is left looking smooth, hydrated and glowing and with your favourite infusion transporting you to the tropics.
- Pineapple enzymes gently exfoliate and brighten skin tone removing impurities.
- Crushed Coconut shells gently exfoliate to remove dead skin cells.
- Sulphate free (known to be irritating to the skin).
- Rich in antioxidants to; brighten, soften, energize, protect, and smooth your skin for a more youthful you.
Pure Fiji Sugar Rub 457ml
Fragrances : Coconut – Mango – Frangipani – Coconut milk and honey – Guava – Noni – Coconut & lime blossom – Moringa
Renew and revitalize dull, dry, and dehydrated skin with this natural exfoliation and extraordinary moisturizing treatment from the pristine islands of Fiji. Fresh sugar cane crystals containing naturally occurring alpha hydroxyl acids gently buff away dead skin cells, polish your skin clean and unclog pores. A blend of cold pressed virgin coconut oil and exotic nut extracts combine to nourish and seal in moisture to reveal softer, smoother, glowingly healthy beautiful skin.
Pure Fiji sugar rub is not just an indulgent treat – it offers dozens of benefits for your body and skin. Coconut milk is naturally high in vitamins, minerals and fatty acids and has been used in the islands for its skin softening properties as well as to keep the skin nourished, firm, and hydrated.
- Humectant – Increases skin’s moisture retention
- Skin softener
- Helps regenerate damaged tissue
- Improves skin tone and elasticity
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