Learn The Importance and How to Exfoliate Your Body
Exfoliation is a crucial step in any skincare routine, yet it’s often neglected or misunderstood. Whether you have dry, oily, or sensitive skin, exfoliating regularly can have a huge impact on the health and appearance of your skin. In this guide, we’ll dive into the basics of body exfoliation, the different types of exfoliators available, and how to use them effectively for smooth, glowing skin.
What is exfoliation and why is it important?
Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. As we age, our skin’s natural exfoliation process slows down, which can lead to a buildup of dead skin cells that can make skin look dull, clog pores, and even contribute to the development of skin conditions like acne and eczema.
Regular exfoliation helps to boost circulation, improve the absorption of skincare products, and reveal brighter, smoother skin. It can also help to unclog pores, prevent ingrown hairs, and even reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Types of body exfoliators
There are several types of body exfoliators to choose from, each with its own set of benefits and drawbacks. Here’s a brief overview of the most common types:
Physical exfoliators include scrubs and brushes, which work by physically removing dead skin cells with friction. Scrubs typically contain small particles, such as sugar, salt, or coffee grounds, that slough off dead skin cells when rubbed on the skin. Brushes, on the other hand, use bristles to gently remove dead skin cells.
Chemical exfoliators, also known as chemical peels, use a combination of active ingredients, such as alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) or beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs), to dissolve the bonds between dead skin cells, allowing them to be easily sloughed off. Chemical exfoliators come in various forms, including serums, masks, and toners.
Enzymatic exfoliators, like papaya or pumpkin, contain enzymes that break down dead skin cells, revealing smoother skin. They tend to be gentler than physical or chemical exfoliators, making them a great option for those with sensitive skin.
How to exfoliate your body
Now that you’re familiar with the different types of exfoliators, it’s time to learn how to exfoliate your body. Here are some general tips to keep in mind:
- Start with clean, damp skin: Before exfoliating, it’s important to remove any dirt or oils from your skin. Rinse your body with warm water and apply a small amount of exfoliator like the Lavender Body Scrub from 100% PURE to your skin.
- Use gentle, circular motions: When using a physical exfoliator, use gentle, circular motions to avoid irritating your skin. Focus on areas that are particularly dry or rough, such as your elbows, knees, and heels.
- Pay attention to the pressure: When using a brush, sponge or scrub, be mindful of the pressure you’re using. Too much pressure can lead to irritation and even damage your skin.
- Follow with moisturizer: After exfoliating, rinse your skin with warm water and follow up with a moisturizer, such as the Pink Grapefruit Nourishing Body Cream to help lock in hydration and protect your skin from further damage.
- Exfoliate regularly: How often you exfoliate will depend on your skin type and the type of exfoliator you’re using. In general, it’s recommended to exfoliate once or twice a week for most skin types. However, if you have sensitive skin, it may be best to start with once a week and gradually increase the frequency if needed.