|Lacebark pine pictured above (Reiman Gardens, Iowa State University)|
As for the face, as simple way to attain smoothness is to wash weekly with a mixture of baking soda powder moistened with a mild cleansing lotion, or plain water, applied with the softest facial brush obtainable, or simply the fingers.
This treatment calms redness or inflammation and acts as a very mild form of dermabrasion. It also seems to prevent that slight peeling that sometimes occurs in the corner of the nose and between the eyebrows and to calm breakouts.
The use of real soap on the face is too harsh and causes breakouts or over drying or other trouble. Using a mild cleansing product on the face for about thirty seconds lifts the dead cells and conditions the skin.
For oiliness or balancing, a simple clay mask once a week lifts impurities and smooths and reveals the newer skin cells. Isn't it said that we replace our skin completely over the course of seven years? The trick is to preserve suppleness and smoothness during this process over time.
Body exfoliation can be accomplished in several ways but unfortunately so many commercial products contain rough ingredients such as ground nutshells. On the body the soft roughness of a thick cotton washcloth or natural sponge with a mild natural soap is generally enough.
Before bathing, dry brushing with a very soft natural bristle brush over the entire body, working into the heart area from the extremities stimulates circulation and therefore brightens and polishes the skin.
A daily vigorous exfoliation is required for the feet and sometimes the elbows, and natural pumice stone or very textured loofah is a safe method.
As with the lacebark pine pictured above (Reiman Gardens, Iowa State University) or sycamore and birch trees, "normal" skin exfoliates by itself to reveal the newer and smoother skin below as part of the natural process of regeneration and replacement. For dry or oily skin, or a combination of both, this process is somewhat slowed and even blocked, and it's good to help it along in the most gentle ways possible to accomplish the desired results.
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