The skin is the largest body organ by area and without a doubt, it is the most cared for organ of the body.
The reason being that the state of one’s skin makes a bold statement on their character.
Quite ironically, the skin is also one of the most neglected body parts because people often forget that there’s skin worth caring for below the face — often forgetting to exfoliate below the face.
The skin naturally sheds off dead cells but we need to help make the skin’s job easier by exfoliating. Exfoliating gets rid of the dead skin cells to reveal a much fresher and flawless skin that’s hiding just beneath.
Below are some exfoliating tips that are sure to keep your skin aglow.
Things Needed To Exfoliate
To exfoliate all you need are an exfoliant, a body brush/ loofah/ exfoliating gloves, pumice stone and a soft toothbrush.
Exfoliants can be found in supermarkets or drug stores. The most popular right now is the Apricot facial scrub. You can either get two for your face and body or make one yourself with sugar and any oil of your choice.
Full Body Exfoliation
You may want to start by doing something that’s called ‘Dry brushing’. It is an optional easy step that involves one using the body brush to scrub the skin thereby letting go of the weak dead skin cells.
To begin the proper exfoliation, wet your body and begin from the feet up.
The feet are one of the roughest body parts and using a sponge is not enough to get rid of those dead skin cells. a pumice stone will suffice. If they are extra rough, soak them in warm water and olive oil for 10 minutes before scrubbing.
Exfoliating gloves or a loofah can be used on the body as they are not as harsh as the pumice stone. Apply exfoliant of your choice and scrub in circular motions. Make sure to pay attention to every surface scrubbed, areas like the neck should be scrubbed with care.
Underarms, Knees, and Elbows
These are places that are prone to darkness caused by excess dead skin cells. A lemon and sugar scrub should suffice as it also helps in lightening these areas. If using a lemon scrub, remember to moisturize properly considering how drying lemon is.
Regular exfoliation of the hands is key to having soft and graceful hands. Gently scrub with exfoliating gloves while paying attention to the skin.
Yes, lips need to be exfoliated too. It leaves the lips soft, healthy looking and plump. Knowing you have dead skin cells accumulated on your lips should be enough reason to exfoliate them.
Get a soft toothbrush, preferably one for babies, olive oil, and sugar. Scrub gently in circular motions and do not forget the upper lip.
Everyone’s favorite body part to exfoliate. The exfoliating gloves come in handy again with a good facial scrub. Like other body parts, scrub in circular motions.
After exfoliating, the body should be rinsed with warm water followed by cold water to close up the pores. Moisturize after drying body. Do these consistently 2-3 times a week and you’re bound to see changes.