The Benefits Of Skin Exfoliation
One of the ways to achieve smoother, silkier skin is to use a body exfoliator 1 to 2 times per week. By exfoliating your skin, you will remove dead and dull cells allowing your healthy skin to shine through. If you would like to incorporate a body exfoliator into your skincare routine but are not sure where to begin, the questions below will give you some useful ideas on how to get started.
What can you use to exfoliate your body?
There are many products on the market designed for skin exfoliation, so you have to find the ones that work best for you. Scrubs and polishes made from sugar or salt bases with moisturizing oils are one popular selection. You can also use body accessories such as loofahs, shower mitts, and brushes to remove your dead, dull skin. Another option is an electronic device such as the BFF Miracle Body Buffer that can be used outside of the shower to polish your body.
Who should exfoliate?
Teenagers with acne, people with oily skin, and aging skin can all benefit by exfoliating. In acne and oily skin, the hormones and oil cause the skin cells to stick together and hinder the natural exfoliation process. By exfoliating, we can speed up the rate of cell turnover making dull aging skin look younger.
Should you exfoliate before shaving?
To achieve a smoother and closer shave, you can gently exfoliate before shaving. While the blades of your razor will exfoliate as they remove your unwanted hair, the excess dead skin that is removed while shaving will clog up your razor making it difficult to achieve a close shave. By gently exfoliating prior to shaving, you will remove the layer of dead skin which allows you to shave as close to your body as possible. This method can be used for both men and women to achieve a close smooth shave.
Can you make a body exfoliator at home?
There are many quick body scrubs that you can make at home by combining: 1/2 cup of either sea salt, brown sugar, or plain white sugar, 1/2 cup of either olive oil, coconut oil, or 4 tablespoons of honey, a few drops of your favorite essential oil or 1 tablespoon of fresh squeezed citrus.
Take your homemade mixture and gently scrub in a circular motion. Allow your scrub to sit for 2 to 3 minutes prior to rinsing so that your body can absorb the moisture of the oils. Finish with your preferred moisturizer once you pat dry.
How can you make your smooth skin last longer after exfoliating?
After every shower, it is best to apply body lotion or moisturizing oil to your skin to lock in moisture, but it is particularly important after using a body exfoliator. When you remove the dead cells, you will expose a layer of healthy soft skin. To keep this layer of skin protected and staying as soft and smooth for as long as possible, apply a vitamin rich moisturizer shortly after you pat dry.
Can you exfoliate your face and feet with a body exfoliator?
Exfoliation can be done from head to toe but you must use different types of skincare products for the different parts of your body. If you are prone to dandruff and flakes on your scalp you can exfoliate with plain sea salts, but for the delicate skin on your face you need to use a gentle scrub designed for the face. When your lips are flaky, you can gently brush them with a soft bristled toothbrush to remove dead cells, and for your feet you want to use a heavy duty scrub designed for thicker skin. For the feet, you can also use pumice or foot files. Because your feet have thicker skin, you can exfoliate up to three times per week.
You will feel the difference in your skin after using a body exfoliator just one time. However, it may take a few weeks to achieve the healthy glow you desire. Exfoliating is something that both men and women can do on a biweekly basis to achieve softer healthier skin, improve circulation, reduce the appearance of some scarring, and unclog oily skin.