Understanding proper skin care is an important lesson to learn at an early age. The skin, like everything else in your body, needs to be taken care of in order to keep it healthy and looking beautiful. By incorporating a simple skin care plan into your daily routine, you can easily prevent early signs of aging and reverse common problems such as acne and treat your skin for other issues such as dryness or oily textures. 
            Many people believe that by washing their face with soap and water they have removed all the grime from their pores and their skin is as clean as it can be. This is simply not true. A basic cleanser is an important step in helping the skin to remove surface grime and make up, but it does not penetrate the pores or effectively remove the build up of dead skin cells that lead to severe skin problems. The simple addition of a facial exfoliate on a regular basis can work wonders on the overall look and feel of your skin.
            Exfoliation is a simple process that not only removes dead skins cells by “scrubbing” the face, it also provides a deep cleaning solution for the pores to remove excess oil and dirt. Exfoliation products are available as pads, brushes, scrubs and facial washes. Choosing the correct type for your skin and individual needs is important to ensure the greatest benefit and results. Exfoliation washes are available for all major skin types including normal, oily, dry, combination and sensitive skin types. 
            You may be asking if exfoliating is really that beneficial and if it is worth your time and energy. By exfoliating your face on a regular basis you will see a vast improvement in your overall complexion (2-3 times per week based on your skin type). For instance, if your skin is oily or highly overactive with breakouts and blackheads, Bellanina owner Nina Howard recommends exfoliation every other day.  If however, your skin is dry and thinning, less frequent exfoliation is required.   Exfoliation will assist in the development of new and healthy skin cells by removing the older and dead skin that can build up over time and lead to premature wrinkles. By cleansing the pores it will also reduce the amount of oils that lead to acne, white heads and black heads.
            There are several different types of exfoliants available on the market today and choosing an effective treatment for your face is important. Consult with a skin care expert if you are unsure of which treatment would be best or try a variety of sample sized exfoliants to decide which type works best for your skin. Exfoliation products range from mild and gentle textures such as the Bellanina Jojoba Exfoli-Cleanser or Fine Polish Facial Beads to stronger solutions with a grainier texture and active ingredients for deep treatment; the Bellanina Microdemabrasion Creme or Salicylic Enzyme Exfoliant are both great choices. 

            Remember to take care of your skin and to begin your daily routine as soon as possible. Follow all directions carefully for any skin care product you decide to use and discontinue use if you experience any adverse reactions such as itching, redness or dryness after use. Complete your daily routine with a daily cleanser, exfoliant and moisturizer to help clean and refresh your skin. Skin care is best begun at a young age but it is never to late to start looking and feeling your great by putting your best face forward every day. 
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