Natural Ways to Exfoliate the Face & Neck

Natural Ways to Exfoliate the Face & Neck

Exfoliating is an important step in a skincare routine as it helps to keep skin looking even, clear, fresh and bright. It also helps skin to be more receptive to the actives applied after cleansing skin, as they can reach the deeper down layer of skin. Exfoliation is amazing for skin, but there is a darker side to it as it can be quite harsh to skin, which is not something that we ever recommend. At Nakin we dedicate our work to producing amazing Natural Skincare products, and we only advocate natural ways to exfoliate skin. This is why we produced our Exfoliating Radiance Tonic which is a natural liquid face cleanser and free of grains, that uses the power for fruit AHAs to bring about brightening and skin smoothing benefits to the face and neck. 

In this feature we are also only focusing on exfoliating the face and neck, as the body has different options and also does not need such gentle care as the delicate face and neck do. So, read on to find out how to exfoliate the face and neck naturally.

Natural exfoliation is favoured for the face and neck primarily because it is gentler on our delicate skin and utilises biodegradable materials, reducing environmental impact. Unlike chemical exfoliants, which can sometimes be harsh and irritate sensitive skin. Some natural exfoliants though can have a negative effect on skin when it contains grains, as they can cause micro tears. This includes ingredients such as ground nuts. Instead, use the modern liquid natural exfoliants such as our Nakin Exfoliating Radiance Tonic. Good natural exfoliants like ours are also rich in nutrients, providing the skin with essential vitamins and antioxidants that promote a healthier complexion and support skin's natural healing process.

Exfoliation is great if you like clear, smooth skin and we recommend using a natural exfoliation method on the face and neck once a week. Effective cleansing is really important for skin, and exfoliation takes this one step further than just having clean skin. This is because it removes dead skin cells from the surface of the face plus the top layer of skin, to improve skin texture and tone. This means that it can help to brighten the skin and it also helps to accelerate cell turnover, and assist the actives of anti-ageing face products to better work - by getting deeper into the skin cells and therefore getting the best of them. Skin sheds dead skin cells all the time, but as we age this process slows down and this can show on skin as dullness, dry/ flaky areas, clogged/ enlarged pores, bumps, lines and an uneven skin tone. In order to remove dead skin cells without scrubbing it takes a special kind of ingredient, and this is why exfoliants need to use ingredients like Alpha Hydroxy Acids, and these can be divided into natural AHAs and synthetic AHAs. At Nakin we always recommend the natural versions, as they are kind to skin and much less likely to cause irritation and disruption.

There are two main types of face exfoliation options, which are physical options and chemical ones. The chemical exfoliation products are the ones that we just mentioned that use AHAs. They are modern ways to exfoliate skin and they use ingredients like natural fruit enzymes or synthetic and glycolic acid. Exfoliants made of fruit enzymes are much more natural and kinder to skin than synthetic AHAs. If you are using ant type of chemical exfoliant then always carry out a patch test, just to make sure your skin can tolerate it. If you experience any adverse reactions then rinse it off immediately and discontinue use of the product. AHAs break the attachments that hold dead skin cells on the surface of skin. They are usually used a few times a week and gradually break down the dead skin cells. They are often in a watery liquid format and are wiped onto skin with cotton wool, although they also come in disposable pad options. The problem with some synthetic chemical exfoliants is that they can be quite harsh and irritating to skin, so for these we only recommend the fruit enzyme option and this is why we use them in our natural anti-ageing exfoliator. We only recommend natural exfoliation methods as outlined below. Natural exfoliators help improve skin texture and tone plus allow active products to work better by reaching deeper down into the skin layers than they could normally. But without the irritation that synthetic exfoliating ingredients can cause.

The reason that we prefer natural exfoliation methods for skin is because they are so much kinder to skin than harsh synthetic chemical exfoliation or grain options. Another option with the natural exfoliant option is exfoliating with our cleansing milk and muslin cloth. The muslin cloth method is more traditional and might need to take a little more work and effort. But is a kind option to remove dead skin cells. It also have the added bonus that you can personalise and adapt the exfoliation to different parts of your face and neck. So, you can be stronger on congested areas, but take it easier around the eyes and on the neck. 

Exfoliation with Fruit AHAs

This is our most recommended way to exfoliate the face and neck. Fruit enzymes are an excellent way to exfoliate skin as they contain AHAs and are not such irritating ingredients. They exfoliate by loosening the keratin proteins attached to dead skin. The fruit enzymes also loosen up dead skin cells and stimulate cell turnover. This leaves skin brighter, smoother and glowing. We recommend our Exfoliating Radiance Tonic for this, which is just one of our natural cleansers

Cleansing Milk and Muslin Cloth Exfoliation

The first step in a skin regime is to cleanse the face and neck with a good face cleanser like our Advanced Cleansing Milk. This will cleanse & comfort skin with the calming natural oils and seaweed extract. To exfoliate once a week remove the cleansing milk from the face with a damp warm muslin cloth, massaging skin in small circular motions on the face and neck. This is the only exfoliation that some customers with very sensitive faces can use. Exfoliation is important in a face regime as it removes dead skin cells, which build up on skin and can cause dullness. This gentle exfoliation method supports the skin’s natural protective function, preparing it for a toner and day or night care.

Follow cleansing with a soothing  toner to clean, purify and soften the face and neck with our Purifying Face Toner. Using a cleansing milk and toner combination usually works better for dry and sensitive faces over a face wash, but we also have our Rejuvenating Face Wash if you like a foaming cleanse. Some toners can be aggravating to sensitive faces, but this is only if they contain harsh synthetic cleansing ingredients. Toners can be good for sensitive faces if the actives that they contain are natural, kind and enhancing. They gently cleanse while revitalising skin and minimising the appearance of pores.

Face Scrub Exfoliation

Face scrubs are quite a dated way to exfoliate skin and we do not recommend them as they can be damaging and cause micro tears. They are often cream like formulas that are grainy in texture, so when the grains are massaged into skin, they exfoliate dead skin cells away. There are many face scrubs on the market and if you do choose one then look for a natural one that is kind to skin and includes ingredients like sweet almond meal to exfoliate. As this type of ingredient is less abrasive. You can even make 100% natural fresh face scrubs that are super kind to skin by using ingredients like sugar and oats. There are many recipes on the internet.

Choosing the right facial exfoliant for you is a matter of personal preference and what your skin can tolerate. As we discussed above, we prefer modern natural chemical exfoliants. But whatever you choose it is important to remember that every product is unique, and the main thing is to assess the actual ingredients included in the product. So, if using a cleansing milk with a muslin cloth then make sure it is a natural kind and effective cleansing milk, like our Advanced Cleansing Milk, which is also used with our natural Purifying Face Toner. Likewise, physical abrasive face scrubs vary between the ingredients that they include to smooth and refine skin. So, make sure that they are gentle to skin and also biodegradable in the environment. Take a look at the rest of the ingredients that are included and check there are no parabens, glycols, silicones, artificial fragrance or colour.

To find out more about Nakin and our natural face products then view the full range here. Everything is suitable for sensitive faces as well as being cruelty free and made in the UK. Visit our website at www.nakinskincare.com Our range is designed to offer the best skincare products and is made with amazing natural ingredients, to bring the best out in all of our complexions. The range includes everything that you need for a natural anti-ageing face regime.  

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