Secret Exfoliant

*Answer to Wednesday's Bible Quiz at the end of this post *
Today as I was exfoliating in the shower, I decided I should share one of the best secrets told to me a few years ago by an esthetician.  The secret is . . .

  . . . Microdermabrasion Crystals.  When you have Microdermabrasion done by an esthetician they use a machine that uses super fine crystals to remove layers of dead skin on your face.  The esthetician told me one of the best things to do for our skin is to exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate!  One of the best ways to do that is with microdermabrasion crystals.  The technical name for them is "Aluminum Oxide Crystals" and they come in various grits - 100, 120, 180 (180 is the finest).  I found mine online (chose the #120 grit) and they have become a part of my daily routine.  What I love is that it's just the crystals.  There's no soap or lotion mixed with them so you can use them mixed with your favorite face soap, on your body with your bodywash or just plain mixed with a little water.  When you first use it, be gentle!  It is not like salt or sugar that will eventually dissolve the more you rub it.  Think of it like very fine beach sand that literally has to be rinsed away.  At first I was only using it on my face but then found out how smooth it made my feet and that it was a great exfoliating treatment on my body before I put on my sunless tanner. 

The crystals come in a very large bottle . . . the smallest I found was 5 pounds!  It lasts forever - I've had mine for 1 1/2 years and not only do I use it everyday but I've shared samples of it with many friends and family members and I still have half of it left.  You could easily order a bottle and split it among 1 or 2 friends.  I just did a google search and found 12.5 pounds for $34.50 plus shipping. . . I've paid that much for a bottle of face lotion and it certainly was not 12.5 pounds!  So if you are looking for some help exfoliating, you might want to check out microdermabrasion crystals. 

*Answer to Wednesday's Bible Quiz:
Revelation 5:8 & 8:3 refer to incense as being "the prayers of all of the saints".  So how did I jump from the Old Testament tabernacle/temple to the throne room in Heaven spoken about in Revelation?  Well, the writer of Hebrews tells us in 8:5 & 9:23-24 that the Lord instructed Moses to build the tabernacle to serve as a "copy and shadow of the heavenly things."  What's even more amazing is that in the tabernacle the incense was placed on the altar outside of the Most Holy Place which was separated by a heavy veil/curtain.  Only the High Priest could enter the Most Holy Place where God would meet him once a year.  However, when Christ died on the cross the veil in the temple was torn in two from top to bottom (Mark 15:38), signifying that access to God the Father had been opened to us through Christ.  Now put that information together with what we learned about the incense . . . because of what Christ did on the cross, we can pray directly to God.  Our prayers are no longer kept behind the veil but are now incense in the presence of Almighty God.  Amazing, huh?

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