People often talk about how important Exfoliation is, but they may not always say why it is important. Let me shed some light onto the many benefits of this simple, but powerful beauty tip How to Exfoliate.
Why should I Exfoliate?
First, exfoliating is the process of scrubbing using an abrasive product to remove the outer layer of skin. Why would you want to do this? Because the outer layer is actually dead, and it makes your skin look flaky, dry, and generally dull. By using the proper exfoliant, you can look younger and more vibrant.
Second, the layer of dead skin can hinder your use of other beauty products, such as creams and make-up. The rough, dry, dead skin that appears as you age does not always take make-up evenly, and can absorb a portion of the beneficial aspects of creams and moisturizers without allowing it to spread to the healthy, living cells that can benefit from it the most.
As an added benefit, exfoliants help with sunless tanning. For those of you who enjoy a tan, but prefer the tanning bed to the harmful rays of the sun, exfoliating clears out the dead layer of skin, preventing uneven, blotchy tans.
Finally, exfoliating can help clear up certain skin problems, such as the dreaded Stretch Mark. Stretch Marks generally need the most abrasive scrubs, so it may not be appropriate for people with sensitive skin. If you have sensitive skin, use a milder exfoliant.
How to Exfoliate?
Exfoliating is actually a very simple process.
First, you need to pick your exfoliant of choice. If you have sensitive skin, I would recommend the Oatmeal Scrub or Sugar Scrub. For a more thorough exfoliation session, or if you want to exfoliate away stretch marks, we suggest the Walnut Scrub. Despite its name, it can be used for more than just removing Stretch Marks, but because the Walnut shell used in the scrub is so abrasive, it is not recommended for people with sensitive skin.
Once you pick your exfoliant, you can apply it by hand, use a wash cloth for a more gentle exfoliation session, or with a loofah for a more thorough scrub. The method of choice depends on the individual, and should suit your skin type.
Once you have chosen your method of application, you should begin scrubbing in a gentle, circular motion, paying special attention to your elbows, knees and the soles of your feet, where dead skin tends to accumulate.
No exfoliant will give you instant results, especially on trouble spots like stretch marks. However, by using the treatment regularly, your skin will become softer, smoother, and more vibrant.