It’s safe to say that most people have made thoroughly washing their skin a daily priority. But what about exfoliating? Have you made that a priority as well? If you’ve neglected exfoliating in the past, it’s not too late to incorporate it into your skin-care regimen. In this guide, not only will you learn how to exfoliate your skin, you’ll also learn why it’s so important.
So what exactly is exfoliation and what does it do for your skin? It’s actually the process of removing dead skin cells from the uppermost layer of skin. Over time, as your body is exposed to harsh weather, germs and bacteria, your skin becomes dry and starts to flake. Although you may not be able to see those tiny flakes, your skin will feel dry and look ashen. But when you exfoliate your skin, you remove that ashen layer of skin, revealing the new, healthy skin underneath. Here are some other benefits of exfoliating:
You may have already known about the benefits of exfoliating, but perhaps you just didn’t know what tools to use. There are different types of exfoliants on the market, and it can be tough to pick the right one if you don’t know what you’re looking for. First of all, you should know that there are two main types of exfoliants:
When it comes to the battle of physical exfoliants versus chemical exfoliants, you’ll probably need to use a combination of both to rid your body of its dead skin. For instance, you may want to use a body wash with exfoliating beads for your body, but a cleanser that contains salicylic acid for your face. As for choosing the best exfoliating tool, the choice is up to you. For areas that are much drier, such as callused feet or dry elbows, you may want to use a loofah sponge or a pumice stone. However, for more sensitive areas such as your face, you may want to use a washcloth. If you have sensitive skin in general, you should probably skip the loofah altogether and just use a washcloth.
Now that you know what to use, it’s time to find out how to use it. Here are the steps for a proper exfoliation:
To ensure that you get the most out of your exfoliation, use warm water to moisten your skin. Don’t use hot water as it will dry out and perhaps irritate your skin. Be sure to scrub your skin gently – if you scrub too hard, you can irritate your skin. Once you’ve exfoliated, you won’t have to do so for another week, unless you have oily skin or are prone to acne. In those cases, you may want to exfoliate on a daily basis.
Lastly, don’t forget to store your exfoliating tools properly. If you use a washcloth, toss it into the clothes hamper once you are finished with it. If you use a loofah sponge, squeeze it out thoroughly after you’ve exfoliated and hang it from your shower caddy to keep it away from germs and bacteria. Be sure to replace your loofah on a regular basis or wash it often with a vinegar solution. After all, you want to keep your skin problems limited to just a few dead skin cells.