Our skin can appear dull and unhealthy after a while and it might just be due to the build-up of dead skin cells on the surface that is preventing healthy skin from being revealed. This is one of the reasons why exfoliating from time to time is recommended by beauty experts because it helps remove the dead skin so that the scrub can actually penetrate deeper into the skin and remove debris and dirt that are clogging the pores.
However, before you start exfoliating your skin, it would be a good idea to know the best approach so that you won’t be left with raw, dry, and irritated skin. Here are a few tips that can help you reveal smooth and glowing healthy skin.
- Choose ingredients carefully. You might want to start with ingredients that have smaller grains for gentle exfoliation. Some of the suggested ingredients include baking soda, oatmeal, and even fennel. You can also use coffee but it is important that you grind the coffee beans finely. Raw sugar and sea salt are best used on the rest of your body rather than your face.
- Prepare your tools. Of course you will also need to prepare the tools that you will be using for exfoliating your skin. You will need a pumice stone, back brush, loofah, moisturizer, and exfoliating ingredients.
- Time it right. Although most of us lean towards the end of the day to exfoliate our body since there will be more dirt and other build-up to get rid of, beauty experts recommend that you do your exfoliation in the morning. The body tends to repair itself at night. Schedule your exfoliation the following morning so you can let your new skin cells out.
- Use your loofah. Before you hit the showers, gently rub your skin with your loofah. This will help remove dead skin cells already even before you start the exfoliating process. You can do this every time you take a shower so you can minimize build-up of dead skin cells.
- Know when you’re exfoliating too much. As much as you would like to exfoliate every day, you might be overdoing it depending on your skin type and the ingredients that you are using. This is a matter of preference, however. It is entirely up to you on whether you think your skin is clean enough or if it requires further exfoliation.
- Your feet need attention. Our feet are often subjected to daily beating what with the active lifestyle that you live and little rest that we are giving them. This means that layers of skin start to form which can make the heels and soles of your feet feel thick. You can start by soaking your feet in a basin of water to help loosen the skin then scrub with your pumice stone when you are in your shower. This will make it easier for you to get rid of dead skin cells that have built up in this area.
- Exfoliate before you shave. If you are planning on shaving under your arms, make sure that you exfoliate first before putting the razor to your skin. Make an exfoliating solution of baking soda, apple cider vinegar, and lemon juice to help restore the natural pH levels of your skin under your arms, remove dead skin, and of course, to eliminate the smell.
These are just a few tips that you should keep in mind when you plan on exfoliating. It is always better to learn these first before diving straight into exfoliating your skin for better results.