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How often do you exfoliate your skin? Is it enough? How should you exfoliate? Read on for information on exfoliation and a great homemade scrub recipe.

The older you grow, the more often you need to exfoliate your skin. As we all know, skin cells die and new cells keep getting regenerated. These dead cells come to rest on the top layer of our skin, making our skin look dull, and, in some cases, patchy. Although dead skin is replaced naturally by new cells, this process takes longer as we age, making our skin look duller and patchier for greater lengths of time. This is why regular exfoliation becomes a must.

How often should I exfoliate

In your twenties, exfoliate skin twice a week with a granular face scrub. These are gentle on the skin. In your thirties, exfoliate skin every alternate day, or on a daily basis. You can do this by adding exfoliation to your 3-step routine. So your routine can be cleansing, toning and moisturizing once a day, and cleansing, exfoliating, toning and moisturizing the second time around. You can cut down the process by simply using an exfoliating face wash.

Once you enter your forties, you can consider going in for a few microdermabrasion treatments. This treatment entails the use of an abrasive crystal that removes dry, dead tissue and encourages rejuvenation. It is non-surgical, does not require anesthesia, and you can be back at work the same day. Around five to eight treatments should suffice through your forties, and when you reach the age of fifty, go in for a chemical peel.

How should I exfoliate

Apply face scrub on wet skin after cleansing, and scrub using gentle, circular motions. Wash off with cool or tepid water. Follow up with toner and moisturizer. Once a week, go in for a deep cleansing treatment. Steam your face and then scrub it well with a face scrub. Apply a mud mask to your face and leave on for ten minutes. The properties of the mask will get well and truly absorbed by the skin. Then, wash off the mask make sure you use cool or tepid water, never hot water and follow up with toner and moisturizer. Do this once a week, or once a fortnight, no matter what your age.

Will regular exfoliation help get rid of blackheads

Yes, exfoliation helps keep a check on blackheads. If an area is prone to blackheads, pay special attention to the area while exfoliating. For example, if you have blackheads on your nose, and even if you do not exfoliate daily, try scrubbing just your nose with your face scrub daily. Over time the blackheads will vanish.

Any homemade recipes

Here's how you can make your own all-natural exfoliating mask at home.

1 tsp sugar (granulated, not powdered)
� tsp honey
1 tsp plain yogurt

Mix the ingredients together and apply it to your face. Leave it on for ten minutes, and rinse with water, scrubbing gently. Your face will feel dewy and soft.

And finally�

Remember that exfoliation dries out skin, so always apply moisturizer after exfoliating. If you apply moisturizer after exfoliation, not only will the dryness vanish, but the moisturizer will also be able to penetrate the skin deeper, since dead cells are not blocking its path. As a result, your daily moisturizer will become doubly effective!

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Name: kavita
City:   cincinnati
Comments:   You guys simply write great articles.Indeed whole site is very good.I am hooked to it.
Name: sheela
City:   canada
Comments:   pls for heavens sake do not give general tips for all kinds of skins......u cannot treat oily skin and dry skin same way and cannot use same home made recipes
Name: to sheela
City:   mumbai
Comments:   of course u can use the same home remedies! we're talking about exfoliating for heavens sake! when have u last bought a face scrub that says 'for oily skin'? mine doesnt! and almost everyone i know uses the same exfoliating apricot scrub! everyone knows that if ur skin is dry you wash/exfoliate it less often, and if it is oily, u do it more often. dont get carried away and be so finiky.
Name: val
City:   south africa
Comments:   Great website guys.Keep up the great tips.
Name: viji
City:   Detroit
Comments:   Very infomative thanks.
Name: Ritu Panwanda
City:   New Delhi
Comments:   Great Article!Homemade treatments are very effective & natural. So keep it up & send more.
Name: Usha andy
City:   Bangalore
Comments:   Very Informative. Helped me a lot!! Thank you.
Name: sunita
City:   kolkata
Comments:   to good
Name: Namrata
City:   New Delhi
Comments:   It helps........Thanxs
Name: Dipti
City:   Mumbai
Comments:   i agree with sheela .. pl be intelligent and alert about oily and dry skin the feedback to sheela is also not completely accurate, pl do not blindly follow such generalised recipes. i am speaking from experience , both personal and from dear ones.
Name: geeta
City:   singapore
Comments:   can you suggest any body scrubs pls
Name: latha
City:   boston
Comments:   hi dipti, i agree with u to an extent, that u cannot use genralised home remedies for all skin types, but i also feel that surely for exfoliating skin u can do so i mean, my exfoliating scrub is for all skin types. so i agree with the feedback to sheela also, and in my this article was great, and very well written. an interesting and fun read! keep up the good work.
Name: Preeti
City:   Noida
Comments:   Great as usual!!
Name: kanda
City:   manchester
Comments:   wet face, then apply sugar on it, allow the sugar to dry and sink into the skin before washing it off. this will exfoliate the face.
Name: DK
City:   Houston
Comments:   Great Article!Homemade treatments are very useful for sensitive skin like mine. I really appreaciate your tips as always.
Name: Marlo
City:   San Jose
Comments:   Love this whole website!
Name: A.L.
City:   Birmingham
Comments:   I tryed it and it worked! I was surprised at it but it worked,thanks!
Name: sridevi
City:   US
Comments:   Here's one homemade recepie for scrub, add 1 ts of fenugreek seeds with 1 ts of poppy seeds with little milk,soak it and grind it apply this to the face once a week it will remove whiteheads and make the skin very soft and glow.
Name: MK
City:   London
Comments:   Hi just wanted to say what a great site and fab tips! I have fairly good skin, but will defo be trying out things that have been recommended! keep up the good work!
Name: Sarla Purohit
City:   SanJose
Comments:   This was wonderful... I used the exfoliating scrub on my face, and then followed it up with a honey mask... My face was like a babies sweet smooth skin.. Many thanks!
Name: shila
City:   Penang, Malaysia
Comments:   I'm confuse as I have read a few conflicting info on your website. In this "exfoliate your face" page you've written "In your thirties, exfoliate skin every alternate day, or on a daily basis." But on Skin Sense page you've written "The older you grow, the less frequently you should exfoliate. As you are 31, exfoliate once a fortnight. " I am 31 years old, so which is which; should I exfoliate more or less frequent? Thank you.
Name: farhana
City:   bangladesh
Comments:   hi, everytime i use honey on my face rashes come out all over my face......what can i do plz help.
Name: shazia tarique
City:   kolkata
Comments:   i want to do skin treatment course. can u help me.but it should be in central kolkata.
Name: Riya
City:   South of England
Comments:   Thanks! Especially for the homemade recipe! Because at first, I was just thinking "Can I really be bothered to go get a face mask..." But now I can make it in 2 minutes at home! THANK-YOU!
Name: sumeeta kathuria
City:   gurgaon
Comments:   I used your tips and they are really very good.
Name: candi
City:   Port of Spain
Comments:   I agree with most certainly cannot exfoliate dry skin every other day. No matter how much moisturizer you are applying, exfoliating dry skin so often will only make it worse.As a matter of fact, exfoliating any type of skin every other day seems excessive.
Name: candi
City:   Port of Spain
Comments:   For the person who wrote to sheela...yes, everyone you know is using the same apricot scrub, but I'm sure not all of them are having positive results, because the same skin regimen and products cannot apply to EVRYONE. That's common-sense. We are not saying there are scrubs for oily skin and scrubs for dry skin. Just saying scrubbing so often is not good for EVERY skin type. Its as simple as that.
Name: rekha
City:   ernakulam
Comments:   the articles are all class.i am hooked always to such informative articles .
Name: S.Jayasree
City:   Muscat
Comments:   hi your exfoliation tip is excellant. I have a very dry skin. Because of excessive usage of ac my skin even becomes more dry and black patches are there in my face and also forearms. can you suggest some remedies. I am diabetic and I am taking tablets for that. I am 38 years old thanks in advance
Name: anita
City:   toronto
Comments:   Actually, there are exfoilators for different skin types. If you have sensitive skin you wouldn´t want a large granule as it will be too abrasive. There are many lines out there that are aware of skinspecific needs for exfoilating. There are also liquid exfoilators like Aveda.
Name: kita
City:   atx
Comments:   great article, very informative and interesting. i look forward to reading more.
Name: LaToya
City:   Chicago
Comments:   HI all, About this exfoliating thing. I am a MakeUp Artist and this is my general rule of practice. Exfoliate your skin twice a week with 4 days in between. The granuals in your exfoliator should be fine like sugar. Anything else is going to be to harsh. The larger granuals tear little micro tears in your skin. Follow up with a good face lotion. Between exfoliating, if you are oily, use a gel based cleanser. If you are dry, use a creamy foaming cleanser. Actually, when you are exfoliating you are telling your sebaceous glands to produce more oil. One thing with skin care and with most other things, you have to be consistent. Consistency is key!
Name: foram
City:   zurich
Comments:   nice article! i m having a great problem of whiteblack heads.....i think this will benefit me a lot....but i m allergic to honey...what can substitute honey.....
Name: radhika
City:   chennai
Comments:   This is a great article. can you use salt instead of sugar.
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Name: Rama Kathare
City:   Khammam
Comments:   Does the "homemade recipe" works for men? Mine is really a tough skin.
Name: Abhiroop
City:   Ahmedabad,India
Comments:   For me , scrubbing daily is a must. After a long day at work and time spent in commuting and with all the dirt&grime settling on the face, one really needs to cleanse the filth on the face. Really get refreshed by the EverYuth ultra Mild Scrub!unique..try it.
Name: Abhiroop
City:   Ahmedabad,India
Comments:   For me , scrubbing daily is a must. After a long day at work and time spent in commuting and with all the dirt&grime settling on the face, one really needs to cleanse the filth on the face. Really get refreshed by the EverYuth ultra Mild Scrub!unique..try it.
Name: Aruna
City:   Newcastle, UK
Comments:   I never knew how to exfoliate, your article has been really helpful. thank you
Name: Craig
City:   Milton Keynes
Comments:   Hi, what about exfoilating for men? Do these tips apply to guys should I use a mud mask once a fortnight too? Thanks
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