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So what was the question that stimulated this post?
It's a cute one really.... On twitter, someone asked "I'm paranoid about having crepey 'nana arms' when I'm older, do you think my exfoliation routine will prevent this?" (see? it is quite cute isn't it).
Well I guess the answer to this is yes, it will certainly help. In the short-term, it instantly improves the look of the skin but, when regularly done, the long-term advantages of regular boosts to the blood circulation (which will bring fresh oxygen and nutrients from the blood as well as help improve lymphatic circulation) speaks for itself. Also, by removing the dead skin cells (sounds lovely doesn't it?), it will allow more efficient absorption of moisturisers. This is excellent for dry skin (which tends to look dull and can appear crepey). I recently wrote an article for Maboho all about exfoliation, that is a little more in-depth, which might interest you.
Regular exfoliation followed by a suitable moisturiser will leave the skin glowing, looking smooth and the plumping effect from the more efficient absorption of moisturisers will give the skin a nice, youthful appearence and reduce the crepey appearance.
Of course, exfoliation should form part of a bigger regimen, but it will certainly play a huge part, along with regular moisturising. Exercise, a good diet (lots of fresh fruit and veggies), lots of clear fluids and, above all, regular application of a high SPF(summer and winter) are all highly important too.
Anyway, there's the first post and I am rather please about that :o) Do have a look at the Maboho Website though, there's some further information on exfoliation, some great reviews on exfoliating products by some great beauty bloggers as well as other bits and bobs that might be of interest.
Ooh.... and do bear with me on this blog, I will spruce it up in due course - honest gov!