Exfoliation is one of those steps in skin care which is really important but which a lot of people either forget about or simply do not realize how beneficial it is for the skin.
Exfoliating means removing the topmost layer of dead skin cells and can be done with a body brush, a sea sponge, a wash cloth, exfoliating gloves, an exfoliating scrub or a combination of one or more of these elements.
Exfoliating definitely makes your skin look younger and healthier. Men who shave their face daily tend to have younger looking skin simply because the shaving razor is removing the topmost layer of skin along with their whiskers! For women who like to wear makeup, regular exfoliation will help skin care products and moisturizers to be absorbed more easily and foundation creams and powders will glide on more smoothly and stay in place better without flaking.
A good starting point for getting that healthy glow on your skin is to use a textured wash cloth every day. For a deeper effect, use a natural sea sponge or a cleansing scrub once or twice each week.
If you decide to make use of one of the excellent ‘scrubs’ on the market, be sure to choose a gentle one with very fine grains as coarse grains can scratch your skin, causing irritation and inflammation. Taking off those old, dead skin cells which dull your complexion reveals the younger skin cells beneath and leaves your skin looking smoother and feeling softer.
By removing the dead skin cells, you are preventing clogged pores which is a very important part of how to prevent blackheads, whiteheads and other acne blemishes.
To get the maximum benefit from your exfoliation routine, don’t do it harder, do it for longer! Lots of people fall into the trap of applying too much pressure to their skin and, as a result, make their skin sore. What you should do, is use gentle circular movements and gradually increase the length of time you exfoliate for until you get optimum results.
Of course the skin on your face is not the only place you should exfoliate! You also need to remember your neck and your hands. A once a week treatment should be sufficient for these areas.
You must also remember to use a daily moisturizer with a good SPF to protect your skin. This will have the double benefit of increasing cell turnover, revealing younger looking skin and preventing the appearance of age spots from exposure to the sun (which is especially important for the hands).
Tips on Exfoliation
For super-smooth summer legs that will tan evenly and not flake, you can exfoliate them using ordinary sugar. An added benefit of exfoliation for your legs is a boost to the blood circulation. A simple homemade scrub is easy, just mix ordinary white granulated sugar with a little runny honey or olive oil. Before applying this mixture to your legs, wash them with warm water and apply the sugar scrub to damp skin using gentle circular motions. When you are done, rinse of the scrub (this is easiest done while in the shower) and after drying your skin apply a good moisturizer to finish. You will notice that your skin feels smoother and softer.
A way of exfoliating your whole body is to use a body brush when taking a shower. Body brushing benefits your skin by removing toxins and by boosting the circulation; you should always be sure to brush back towards your heart, not away from it. If you suffer from blackheads on your back, you can use a body brush to reach these more easily and enhance its effectiveness on these blemishes by using it in conjunction with a body scrub product. Another added bonus with using a body brush regularly is that it helps to diminish the appearance of those dimpled areas known as cellulite and which women in particular, suffer from.
Verdict on Exfoliation
To sum up, exfoliation is a great way to keep your skin looking younger, brighter and clearer. Because it takes away the dead skin cells that would otherwise clog pores, it is also a great way of keeping your skin clear of acne blackheads and blemishes and getting your whole body glowing with health!