Is Your Dead Skin Hiding Your Glow?

Is Your Dead Skin Hiding Your Glow?

Jane May Graves- Founder/Chemist of Luxe Beauty, Inc.
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Think of dead skin as a veil over your skin.

The dead skin veil can cause dull-looking skin, rough skin, uneven skin tone, redness, clogged pores, and breakouts. When moisturizing or applying any serum, the product cannot penetrate because of the dead skin veil.

Exfoliation resurfaces the skin by removing dead surface skin. It removes the dead skin veil. 

However,  I am not referring to harsh exfoliants. Overexposure to harsh exfoliants—such as alpha hydroxy, salicylic, glycolic, and lactic acids used in chemical peels—causes inflammatory responses in the skin, including redness and skin damage. Once you reach this point, getting your skin back to normal is challenging. Dermatologists face a dilemma in treating people with such conditions because anti-inflammatory steroids can further contribute to skin thinning.

According to Dr. Ben Johnson, MD, "Forcing the skin to exfoliate faster than its natural pace is a mistake, and the skin responds with increased levels of free radical damage that ages the skin and heightens cancer risk." Excessive or too frequent exfoliation using chemical peels or Retin A can open up a whole new set of problems.

Gentle, holistic exfoliation is the key to glowing skin!

When discussing exfoliation, I refer to GENTLE exfoliation using fruit enzymes and vitamin C from fruits found in the 4-1 cleanser-DETOX because it contains NO harsh acids or chemicals.

The beauty of gentle, holistic skincare exfoliation is that your skin won't lift up any dead skin unless it is ready to release it. Nothing is forced, burned, or striped when using our products. Gentle Exfoliation resurfaces the skin by removing impurities and dead surface skin gently and effectively without compromising the skin barrier. Our products are all about strengthening your skin barrier.

Gentle Exfoliation helps to:

  • unclog pores
  • shrink the look of pores
  • prevent breakouts
  • improve skin texture
  • even out skin tone to reveal healthy, glowing soft skin. 

Some additional benefits of exfoliating are that it can help increase cell turnover and boost lymphatic drainage, which decreases the look of puffiness. 

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Before I created Luxe Beauty's cleanser/exfoliator, I tried all the natural scrubs, masks, and exfoliators aestheticians, friends, and so-called “skin experts” raved about. However, they were all so disappointing. I saw little difference in my skin texture, softness, or anything positive, and no wow effect that I expected. And none of the products visibly removed dead surface skin like the luxe beauty cleanser/exfoliator.

In the luxe beauty 4-1 cleanser, fruit enzymes and vitamin C lift the dead surface skin gently and effectively and bind them to the clay and organic oils.  In addition, 4 organic oils and herbs help strengthen your skin barrier. 

Exfoliating with a high-quality natural product that is very gentle yet effective is crucial. The exfoliation mustn't cause irritation, burning, itching, or skin sensitivity. It seems nowadays, we have forgotten that one of the primary purposes why we have skin is to be a protective barrier. The last thing we want is to make our skin more sensitive to the sun, pollution, blue light from screens, toxins, etc. That's why I created a very gentle yet effective 4-1 Vegan Cleanser/ Exfoliator/Skin Detox.

What to expect with our gentle exfoliator? 

The first time I tested ( I test all the luxe beauty products on my sensitive, acne-prone skin first) the 4-1 Vegan Cleanser/ Exfoliator/Skin Detox as an exfoliator, I was blown away at how much dead skin rolled off my face, neck, and decollate when glided my hands in an upward, and circular motion on my face, neck, and decollate ( do not neglect this area!).  I could see the dead skin lifting up in clumps!  Here is a video of me demonstrating this on my neck: 

I know it’s gross to see dead skin coming off, BUT It’s worth it for soft, healthy, glowing skin. I look forward to this beauty ritual once per MONTH. Do not over-exfoliate. 

I am wowed by the results whenever I use the Luxe Beauty skin detox/exfoliator. My skin is more radiant, with improved texture and a beautiful glow.

After I remove dead skin, I apply the luxe beauty serums, which glide on perfectly and penetrate faster than ever. The luxe beauty serums and luxe lotion are much more effective because the concentrated, effective ingredients connect and attach to fresh new skin rather than to dead surface skin that has no life force.  

Tips you must know before removing the dead skin: 

1) This can be messy. If your skin does an excellent job of giving up the dead surface skin. I recommend doing this over a sink or, better yet, starting the skin removal while standing in the shower. I had skin all over the floor the first time I did this! Here is a photo of the skin on the floor after doing this on my face:

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2) Be sure your hair is tied back. Lots of dead skin will be hiding around the hairline. Use a thick headband, towel, or scarf to cover the hairline. Sometimes, I forget to cover my hairline, so I shower and wash my hair after the routine. 

3) Do not over-exfoliate. 1x per week only. The beauty of gentle, holistic skincare exfoliation is that your skin won't lift up any dead skin unless it is ready to release it. Nothing is forced, burned, or striped when using our luxe beauty cleanser/exfoliator. If you have no dead skin to be removed, no dead skin will lift up and roll off.

Directions: Apply 1-3 pumps of luxe cleanser to dry face, neck, and décolletage. I have used the cleanser on my arms and legs because I love what it does for my skin!

Leave on for 10 mins- 1 hour (until you feel the product has almost completely absorbed into the skin. Sometimes, your skin will release the dead skin super fast in ( 10-20 mins). Everyone's skin is different.

Then, glide/brush your hands over your skin upward or circularly. Dead surface skin will roll/ flake in clumps (sounds gross, but it's a game changer).

After many glides of the hand in a circular and upward motion, and no more skin is coming off, wash with warm water with a warm cloth over your bathroom skin or in the shower. 

What Customers have to say about the 4-1 Vegan Cleanser/ Exfoliator/Skin Detox : 

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"Love, love, 4x love!

Will never use another cleanser/exfoliator besides this one. Magnificent!" Kim

"It's a facial in a bottle! I am so impressed with this product!

My skin looks refreshed and renewed after using this makeup remover/cleanser/toner/exfoliator. I love how silky and soft it feels while applying it and how soft my skin feels after using it. I am thrilled to have found a product that will save time and exfoliate my skin without harsh chemicals or microbeads." Ali

"Makes my skin glow

This is my favorite product. It replaces four products I used to buy. I'm in my late 60s and appreciate pure, gentle ingredients. With its pleasant scent, it leaves my skin clean and healthy. I haven't been using it long, but already my skin looks more vibrant and glows even without makeup." Kathy


I have extremely sensitive skin. At 34 years old, I still randomly break out, and my skin is always very dry. I have always used high-end products in hopes that something would work. Nothing has ever worked the way I wanted it to. I have been using your system for about two or three weeks now. I could not be happier. Not only have I not broken out with hormonal acne for the first time in my life, but my skin has also never felt softer. I am amazed by the results and will continue to use the cleanser, serum, and moisturizer. I’m in love with my skin now!" Rachel

"Best cleanser/exfoliator ever!

I love this cleanser better than anything I’ve ever used. I have a lot of skin redness, and my skin is sensitive to so many ingredients. I saw improvements in the softness and texture of my skin after just a few times of using this product. I love it so much that I’m tempted to stock up just in case they stop making it. I’m telling everyone about it!"

What do Dermatologists say about oil base Cleansers?

“Oil cleansers work by the principle of oil attracting oil,” says Shari Marchbein , M.D., a board-certified dermatologist and clinical assistant professor of dermatology at New York University. Because makeup and sebum — the waxy substance produced by your skin that can cause acne if it builds up — are both oil-based, oil cleansers break them down and lift the impurities, allowing you to wipe them away. (As opposed to operating like a water-based cleanser and simply scrubbing everything off your skin.)

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