The only surefire way of removing dead skin and getting skin that glows is body exfoliation. Although a simple body wash works for many, exfoliation truly sloughs off dry, stubborn skin, revealing soft, fresh skin that is hydrated, healthy, and smooth to touch. If you always grab a loofah to exfoliate, know that there are other options that could be better suited for your skin.
Everyone has different skin types, so it is vital that you know your skin before you exfoliate. For instance, if you have sensitive skin then you should opt for something more delicate. If you have extremely dry, thick skin, then an abrasive exfoliant is imperative.
As for how often you should exfoliate, that depends on how quickly your skin accumulates dead skin cells. A great test to see if you’re exfoliation-ready is to rub your skin and see if rolls of dead skin (which look like dirt) come off. If so, it’s time to exfoliate. If your skin doesn’t have a telltale sign, then once a week is the way to go.
A sugar scrub is the most traditional way to exfoliate. You can purchase a scrub (which typically contains oil) or make one at home using two simple ingredients: sugar and oil. Add two parts sugar to one part olive oil for a simple, hydrating body exfoliation scrub.
Dry brushing has been garnering a lot of attention lately as it promises to get rid of cellulite and improve your skin tone. The process essentially entails taking a brush with natural bristles and brushing your body upwards in long sweeps. This process does not involve a back-and-forth scrubbing motion or a circular motion.
The Moroccans use a special glove to rub off dead skin, and this glove does wonders. If you’re prone to dead-skin buildup, then this product is for you. A quick rub with the glove will leave your skin instantly softer and cleaner than any scrub or product can promise. The tip is to not apply too much pressure and to make sure you’ve been in the shower for at least five minutes.
Although most people use the pumice stone for their feet, it is perfect for any extremely dry areas on your body, including your knees, elbows, and upper arms. It’s best to avoid using the pumice stone on delicate areas, but for everywhere else, just rotate the stone in a circular motion using a little soap, and you’re good to go.