Taking care of your skin is helpful not only for your looks but also for your health. Skin polishing does wonders when done the right way and there are no two ways about it.
Why do you need skin polishing?
Skin polishing gives you extremely smooth skin and is considered to be a mechanical technique of skin exfoliation. It cleanses your skin of dirt and other particles. You don’t need to do it somewhere special, you can simply do it by yourself, at home, by following these simple steps.
- Before you start the process of skin polishing, hydrate the skin and nourish it from within. Drink at least 10-12 glasses of water every day and eat foods that are rich in Vitamin E and A. This would include nuts, eggs, wheat germ, soy products and yellow, orange, and dark green vegetables.
- You will need to gather all the ingredients: a pumice stone, a large looped wash cloth, a body scrub cloth, a fine looped wash cloth, a pair of cotton and silk gloves each, and a piece of soft flannel. Use a sable mitt to work out the polishing in a traditional way.
- In order to pre-soften the area before you start polishing it, apply a good amount of olive oil to the area. Put on an old pair of sweater or track pants to warm that area for at least 40 minutes before starting the procedure.
Once you are done with these, it’s time to start the application process. The shower/bathtub area is good for this, but really any area you can clean easily works. Use a mild soap to lather up the roughest cloth. Work quickly onto the skin by using gentle and even pressure in a circular motion. Be thorough.
How the process itself works
- Use the pumice stone to remove deep calluses and exfoliate areas such as heels, elbows, and knees. Do not overdo it or these areas might crack painfully. However, use the stone till you feel the area has become smooth and all the roughness has been done away with.
- Next, lather up the large looped cloth using a mild soap and work on the concerned area using a gentle and even pressure again. Work thoroughly in circular motions. When done, repeat this action using the fine looped cloth. Ensure that you do not over exfoliate the skin or damage it.
- Apply very little pressure and use the flannel cloth to pat the area dry by moving in rapid circles. The cloth will latch onto the rough areas while it will glide over the smoothened areas.
- Wear the cotton gloves and buff over the concerned area in a circular motion. Spend more time on the areas that are still rough. Now, use the silk gloves to give the skin a final polish. Use a sable mitt if need be and finish off with the final buffing in a gentle manner. Pour some light moisturizer and apply on the polished skin thoroughly.
That’s pretty much it! You’ll have surprisingly good results, with very little hassle.
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