Skin Polishing at home

  1. Hydrate and nourish your skin from the inside since even the greatest artist needs a quality canvas. Drink 8-10 glasses of water per day and eat foods rich in vitamins A and E such as nuts, dark green and yellow/orange vegetables, whole eggs, soy products and wheat germ. It is always better to attain nutrients from food sources than supplements, but if you choose to supplement, please speak to your Doctor or Pharmacist FIRST!

  2. Shopping List: A pumice stone, One body scrub cloth(The Body Shop makes a good durable exfoliating wash cloth), One large looped wash cloth, One fine looped wash cloth, One piece of soft flannel(diapers work well), One pair of cotton gloves (try your drug store), One pair of silk gloves(camera shops sell these for handling negatives). If you want to do this the traditional way, you will need a sable mitt. You may be able to find a piece of sable at a furrier or on the collar of an old coat at a thrift shop to make your own.

  3. Pre-soften your skin. Apply a good quality olive oil to the treatment area. Bundle up in a pair of old sweats and stay warm for 20-40 mins before proceeding.

  4. Get in the shower and lather up the roughest cloth with a mild soap. Use gentle even pressure in a circular motion. Work quickly but thoroughly. More is not better here.

  5. Use a pumice stone on exceptionally rough areas such as elbows, knees and heels. Removing deep calluses takes time. Do not over work the heels or they will crack painfully.

  6. Repeat step 4 using first the large looped cloth and then the fine looped one. Again, work fairly quickly so as not to over exfoliate and damage the skin.
  7. Pat dry with a towel. With the flannel cloth, using little or no pressure on the skin, 'buff' in rapid circles. As you practice, you will be able to feel the cloth 'catching' on rough areas and 'gliding ' over areas that are sufficiently smoothed.

  8. Wearing the cotton gloves, gently buff all areas in a circular motion. You can spend extra time on areas that still feel rough and remember to work these places a little more in an earlier step next time.

  9. Use the silk gloves for the final polishing as in the previous step. Finish with a final buffing using a sable mitt if desired.

  10. Use a very light moisturizer in small quantity as it will go far on polished skin.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

excellent points and the details are more specific than somewhere else, thanks.

- Thomas


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