You want me to exfoliate where????

So the weather is warming up and everyone has been hitting the gym religiously since New Year’s Day to get in shape for the summer.  Tropical vacations, beach trips, or just a trip to your local pool is on everyone’s mind.  Well while you’re working out you need to make sure your skin is looking right too…..and not just the skin on your face.

A lot of times people tend to forget about exfoliating the entire body.  Just like your face your body should get a good scrub 1-2 times per week.  If you sweat a lot from working out or being outdoors you can exfoliate more often.  Exfoliating gets rid of dead skin cells by scrubbing, whether it be with a tool or an exfoliating product.

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These are examples of the types of tools you can exfoliate with using regular soap.  They are textured and will create the friction needed to get rid of those dead skin cells on the body.  You can also use a loofah or a sponge.

The only thing I don’t like about tools is that they hold a lot of bacteria and need to be changed often.  I prefer using a scrub.  All I do is put some of it on my hand and apply all over my body…..yes ALL OVER!!!  Regardless of what you use, after exfoliation you’ll notice an immediate difference in the way your skin looks and feels.  Apply a moisturizer and it will go on so much smoother.exfoliating sponge

My favorite body scrub is the sugar scrub by Tree Hut. They also make a salt scrub but my skin doesn’t like salt scrubs; sugar is good for sensitive skin. They’re inexpensive, easy to find, and are almost always on sale buy one get one half off at Ulta.    One of my favorite scents is the mango.

mango scrub

Ok, so now we have that out of the way let’s get down to the nitty gritty.  Here are places on the body most people don’t exfoliate but should:

  1.  Pubic and Bikini Area – Mostly everyone goes to the beach or pool when it gets hot.  Don’t get caught slipping with ingrown  hairs (that can cause hair bumps) because that is NOT a pretty sight.  For those who shave, it is much more common to get an ingrown hair.  Remember, you can get a blemish or “bump” anywhere there’s a pore or hair follicle.  When hair follicles get infected it creates a bump.  Your pubic area is not immune so do everyone at the beach (and your boo) a favor and exfoliate down there year round, but especially in the summer.  And exfoliating down there 5-7 days before a wax helps the hair come out easier.

My favorite “down there” exfoliator is Clinique’s Sparkle Skin Body Exfoliating Cream.  It clinique exfoliating creamcomes in a jar.  Don’t get it confused with another Clinique exfoliator that has almost the same name.  The one in the jar is the best for “down there” because it has salicylic acid in it.  And the micro beads are not abrasive because this product is a cream, but still does a good job of exfoliating.  Use this on an existing hair bump and it’ll be gone in 2 days or less!

2.  Butt – Exfoliate your butt!  It’s a part of your body right?  And it is exposed a lot more in the summer so make sure that booty is soft!

3.  Back – So this is the hardest place to reach obviously.  I’ve learned to master the art of doing it on my own using my scrub.  It took some practice.  Or you can use a body brush with a longer handle (shown in the top picture).  Exfoliating your back also helps your tanning lotion or sun block penetrate better.  You don’t want your back to be a different color than the rest of you….not a good look.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post!  Go exfoliate!!!

 

Drug Store Finds

I really don’t use many products from the drug store.  When I say drug store I mean stores like Wal-mart, CVS, Walgreens, Target.  They sell brands like Clean & Clear, Clearasil, Neutrogena, etc.  These are the brands people tend to gravitate towards mainly because of price and they’re easy to get.

My motto is you get what you pay for…..most of the time.  A lot of drug store brands don’t have a lot of active ingredients that will help treat skin.  A lot of the brands advertise to help with anti-aging or acne but once you read the ingredients the amount of the most important ingredients is very slim.

I do have a couple of products that I love from the drug store.  The main 2 are Noxzema Anti-Blemish Pads and Nadinola’s Fade Cream.

Noxzema’s Anti-Blemish Pads

These things are amazing at removing excess dirt from the face.  After you cleanse your face there is still dirt and bacteria left that the cleanser didn’t get.  Using these pads helps to get that excess dirt.  Salicylic acid helps treat and prevent blemishes which makes it good for oily, combination oily, and acne prone skin.  anti_blemish_pads768x8681

Anyone who has ever used Noxzema products know that they tingle.  These pads do pack a punch but it’s not bad and it’s worth it.  They have menthol and eucalyptus oil  which help to soothe and heal existing blemishes.  Salicylic acid helps with preventing blemishes.

Nadinola Fade Cream

I’m sure you’ve passed by this product and may not have paid it any attention.  It’s a product that’s been around for quite a while and it’s super inexpensive.  I just purchased another jar at Wal-mart and it was $5.18, random price, but still good right!  They do have different formulas but I use the extra strength because has 3% hydroquinone. That is awesome because most over the counter skin care products have 2%.  Any product that has more than 3% requires a prescription.

nadinola

You would use this before you put on your moisturizer.  The packaging says this product has sunscreen, but it doesn’t say how much SPF; that’s the only thing I don’t like.  Since it does have sunscreen I only use it in the morning.  It is safe to use every day but remember you should discontinue use for a while.  So you can use it for a couple of months, then stop using it for a month.  And you can repeat.  For information on why see my previous post by clicking: Pay Attention: Ingredients!

Some people think that since it’s a fade cream you put it only on the dark spot.  NO!!!!  Apply all over the face.  This product basically attacks the extra melanin so it only lightens the places that need to be lightened.  If you were to apply it only to the dark area eventually you would get a “halo” effect which would create a lighter area around where the dark spot was.  That just creates a whole other issue.

Let me know if you guys have tried any of these products!

And…..I’m thinking about testing out products and giving my opinion.  Would you rather see more drugstore/affordable products?  Or does it matter?  Let me know what you think in the comments section. I want to make sure I’m writing about stuff you want to know about.

And I’m always open for suggestions so let me know if there’s a specific topic you want me to write about.

Product Spotlight: Soniclear Brush

Hey guys!  Just wanted to let you know that Micheal Todd has some items available on Hautelook for the next couple of days.  For those of you not familiar with Hautelook it’s a web site that allows you to buy items on sale; the sales usually only last a few days though.  The site is a Nordstrom company so if you want to return something you can either send it back via mail or take it to Nordstrom Rack for a refund.

You do have to sign up for an account to make purchases but I’ve used it several times and am always happy with my purchase.  They have all kinds of items from home goods, to clothes, shoes, skin care, makeup…..basically everything!

I always get a lot of questions about cleansing brushes like the Clarisonic, which can be a little pricey.  I think the cheapest one is $99.  The price goes up to $200 depending on the model.

There are so many brushes on the market now.  They are great products that help to gently exfoliate the skin.  I use mine every morning and night but advise new users to start with using it once a day every other day, then work your way up from there just so you don’t irritate your skin.

The brush I use is from a brand called Michael Todd.  They are sold only online but I have enjoyed their skin care products and the Soniclear brush.  I got mine way back in the day when they only had 1 model and 1 color:  purple (see pic below).  Now they have different sizes, colors, and models.  I’ve had mine for about 5 years and it’s still going strong so they last a long time. purple soniclear

I like the Soniclear better than the Clarisonic for a few reasons:

  1. Price – The Clarisonic almost never goes on sale.  I think I’ve seen it on sale maybe once.  The Soniclear has been on Groupon, Living Social, and Hautelook so you can find it for a good price.
  2. Brush Head – The Clarisonic brush has to be replaced every 3 months where the Soniclear can be replaced every 6 months because of it’s antimicrobial bristles.

Right now the petite brushes are on sale for $55 through Hautelook.  And each brush comes with a full size cleanser!  Here’s what they look like:

soniclear petite

The Elite brush/bundle is $79.  It comes with a larger brush and different attachments so you can use the brush on your face, body and feet.

 

To check out this deal click here.  If you don’t already have a Hautelook account you’ll be prompted to sign up.  Trust me you won’t be disappointed.

Let me know if you guys purchase one!