Expert Answers to Your Exfoliation Questions

Get Glowing: Exfoliation Products for Your Face and Body

Our head to toe guide to scrubs, peels, and lotions.

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Is your skin feeling a little rough around the edges? Cosmetic dermatologist Naila Malik, MD, says regular exfoliation is an important part of a skin care regimen.

Cells move from the base of the epidermis up to the top in a cycle of about 30 days. If the old cells remain on the surface and build up, Malik says, they can contribute to a flat, dull appearance, blemishes, and scaling. Exfoliation also helps improve the penetration of your other skin products.

Skin-Softening Bath Blend

Skin-Softening Bath Blend

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Dry bath mixes have a fairly long shelf life, but you should use them within 3 to 6 months. Keep in a tightly sealed container. Do not store bath bags with oils or honey in them.

1/4 cup oatmeal (rolled or minute type)

1/4 cup milk powder

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup herbs of choice

10 to 15 drops of essential oils of choice

2 tablespoons of honey

2 teaspoons of body oil of choice

Coffee Energizing Body Scrub

Coffee Energizing Body Scrub

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Coffee is very exfoliating and energizing. Use this scrub on your arms, legs, feet, elbows and rough places where you need more exfoliation. If you like the smell of coffee, this is for you.

1/4 cup of sugar

1 4-inch sprig of fresh rosemary

1/4 cup coffee beans, finely ground

2 tablespoons bentonite clay

3 tablespoons of the body oil best for your skin

3 drops each of rosemary oil and grapefruit or peppermint oils

Purifying Lemon Ginger Foot Soak

Purifying Lemon Ginger Foot Soak

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Get your feet feeling good with this soak. This recipe is quick to make anytime your feet need some TLC.

1 gallon very warm water

Juice of 1 lemon

1/2 cup sea salt

2 tablespoons ground ginger

Fill a small basin with enough water to completely cover your feet up to your ankles. Make sure the water is hot enough to stay warm for the duration of your soak, but not too hot that it burns your feet. Add the lemon juice, sea salt and ground ginger to the water and stir. Slowly put both feet into the basin. Relax and soak your feet for 10 to 20 minutes.

Lip and Cheek Stain

Lip and Cheek Stain

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If you forget to reserve the liquid from cooking your beets, you can boil the skins that you peel from your beets.



Cook beets as you normally would in a bit of water. Eat the beets, then reduce the leftover liquid in the pot until it thickens. Add a splash of vodka. Pour into a glass roll-on container.

(Courtesy of Béa Johnson, founder of the blog

Reviewed on November 27, 2012

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Mother’s Day Gifts for Perfect Pampering

Make her feel special every day with essential beauty gifts she’ll love.

By Linda Formichelli
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Want to make her Mother’s Day really special this year? Try these gift-worthy beauty favorites from Pantea Tamjidi, MD, a dermatologist and owner of Tamjidi Skin Institute in Chevy Chase, Md.

Nourishing Body Scrub

The Body Shop Mango Body Scrub:  Some body scrubs can dry out skin, but this one contains organic sugar and salt to gently exfoliate plus mango seed and organic soy oil to hydrate.

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