Exfoliation is a fundamental step in skincare; exfoliating the skin removes dead cells and helps to even out the tone of your skin. As we age, exfoliation becomes more important because our natural exfoliation process slows down. There are many different ways that you can exfoliate your body, including with products or tools such as scrubs and loofahs. Read on for an overview of some of the choices out there, and some tips to get the best results from your exfoliation adventure.
Different Types of Exfoliation Products
Exfoliating Scrubs and Soaps
Scrubs are available in many different varieties including salt, sugar, coffee grounds, and exfoliating beads.
These can be great for for those with limited mobility or flexibility, as the long handle is good for reaching, so you don’t have to bed or twist too much.
Popular for a time, natural loofahs from the loufa gourd certainly tick off the environmentally friendly and sustainability boxes, as they’re easily renewable and biodegradable and compostable. Unfortunately, from a practical standpoint, they fall short - they don’t provide optimal exfoliation, and they are notorious for being a prolific breeding ground for bacteria.
Synthetic Exfoliating Loofahs, Sponges and Washcloths
These designed-for-purpose tools can be your best friend in the bath or shower. They come in many shapes, sizes and materials to suit your needs, so try a couple of different types to find which one feels right for you.
Like the above, these can provide effective exfoliation, and wearing it on your hand has the benefit of not falling down - but also renders the hand useless for anything else until you take it off!
Exfoliating Towels are great for hard-to-reach spots. Choose one with extra length (40” or more) so that you can comfortably hold the ends behind your back and maneuver without strain to your shoulders
The choices above are all great for removing dead skin cells when you don’t want to use a scrub or soap which are used up quickly and can be too harsh on the body.
No matter what your preference is in the exfoliation technique, it’s important to exfoliate your body at least once a week, preferably twice. This will reduce the appearance of cellulite and other skin imperfections over time.
For those who are acne-prone or have sensitive skin, it’s recommended that you exfoliate every day with products specifically designed for this purpose such as salicylic acid exfoliants.
Tips to Best Exfoliate your Body.
It is important to exfoliate both the front and back of your body. A lot of people skip exfoliating their backs since it is hard to reach. The solution to this is getting a long exfoliating towel. Lather the towel with soap, hold both ends, and use a sawing motion. You don't have to go to a Korean spa to have a full body scrub, you can just do it on your own with these!
When exfoliating your body, you should exfoliate with a sponge or other tool for the longest duration of time possible in order to maximize exfoliation benefits. Be sure to lather it over wet skin before scrubbing.
If you are exfoliating with a product, it's best to use gentle circular motions on your skin. This will help exfoliate the skin and remove dead cells. You can also use natural sponges that are made of konjac which will be more gentle on the skin if you have eczema or sensitive skin. For oily or problem acne-prone skin it's best to use a stronger exfoliator.
Your skin is the largest organ on your body and it can tell you a lot about what’s going on inside. It also needs to be nurtured in order for it to produce collagen, elastin, and other important substances that keep us looking youthful. The best way to do this? By exfoliating regularly with either an exfoliating sponge or an exfoliating towel. Exfoliation removes dead cells from the surface of your skin while promoting healthy cell turnover at the same time.
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