How To Exfoliate Face and Body
Exfoliating can be beneficial for removing dry or dull skin, increasing blood circulation, and brightening and improving your skin’s appearance.
As we age, cell turnover slows down and dead skin cells can give us a dull complexion. Exfoliating both the face and body weekly helps get rid of the dead top layers of skin. This allows moisturizers and serums to better penetrate the skin.
What Is Exfoliation?
Exfoliating the skin is the process of removing dead cells from the outer layer of your skin using an exfoliant, which could either be a chemical and physical exfoliant.
The benefits of exfoliation include:
- removing dead skin cells
- improving circulation
- encouraging skin turnover, resulting in brighter skin
- allowing for better absorption of moisturizers and serums
Why You Should Exfoliate Your Skin
Your skin is constantly repairing and replacing itself. Because of this, you can be left with layers upon layers of dead skin all over your body.
If your skin is riddled with dead cells, your skin care products may not be able to penetrate deep into the skin and do their work. By removing the top-most layer of skin, you’re making it easier for your topical skin treatments to sink deep below the surface where they could make a difference.
If you have acne-prone skin, exfoliation can help clear out clogged pores that often lead to breakouts.
What to use to exfoliate
There are different methods and tools to exfoliate skin.
Your skin type should determine which method you use and how often you exfoliate. For certain skin conditions, including rosacea, exfoliation isn’t usually recommended.
Facial scrubs and brushes are forms of mechanical exfoliation. Acids and skin peels are forms of chemical exfoliation.
- Exfoliating brush. This is usually a bristle brush used on the face or body to remove layers of dead skin cells. Some are designed for dry brushing. Others can be used with your facial cleanser or body wash.
- Exfoliating glove. They can be effective for large areas such as legs or arms.
- Exfoliating scrub. This can be applied directly to the skin using a gentle, circular motion. You can wash your skin with warm water after applying the scrub. Use a gentle natural exfoliator, such as The Peach Body Coffee Body Scrub.
- Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs). Examples of AHAs include glycolic, lactic, tartaric, and citric acids. These work by breaking apart bonds holding dull and dead skin cells on your skin’s surface.
- Beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs). Examples of BHAs include beta hydroxyl and salicylic acid. These may be better for acne-prone skin.
How to Exfoliate Your Face
When using a physical exfoliant, start by washing your face with your regular cleanser. Then, take a quarter-size amount of your face scrub and apply it onto your face in circular motions, avoiding the eye area. Gently massage your scrub from 30 seconds to a full minute. Then, rinse off with warm water and gently pat your skin with a clean towel. Follow with your hydrating mask, serum or cream.
How often should you exfoliate
In general, exfoliating skin one to two times a week is enough to be effective for dry skin. Oily skin may require more frequent exfoliation.
How often you should engage in it varies from person to person. Some people’s skin can only handle exfoliating once a week, while others are able to exfoliate a few times per week. It really depends! Pay attention to how your skin responds after exfoliating to help determine what’s best for you and your skin.
When to stop exfoliating
Stop exfoliating if you notice your skin is red, inflamed, peeling, or irritated.