As we age, cell turnover slows down and dead skin cells can give us a dull complexion. It is important to exfoliate both the face and body weekly to help get rid of the dead top layers of skin. This allows moisturizers and serums to better penetrate the skin and helps your foundation glide on smoothly instead of sitting atop flaky skin.
The Best Tools for Exfoliation
Forget those fluffy nylon bath things you get with a bottle of body wash.
And throw out that bacteria-infested loofah, which is too abrasive on most of your skin, anyway. Instead, consider the basic washcloth your best friend when it comes to exfoliating both your face and your body.
Other great tools for exfoliation: A dry brush - Dry body brushing daily increases circulation, improves metabolism, eliminates dead skin cells, and helps the body''s natural detoxification process.
When I was growing up my family had a brush hanging in the shower for years and no one used it. The long handle was wooden and on the end was a soft brush. Because wood is not meant to be stored in wet places, the brush slowly accumulated mildew, but no one threw it away because it was a gift from our Austrian relatives. It was like a disgusting piece of bathroom art.
Years later I found out the brush is meant to be used before a bath to exfoliate the body. You simply give yourself a good dry-brushing from feet on up and then wash off in the shower. Just be sure to keep it outside the bath or shower.
Treat Yourself to an At-home Body Scrub
I would like to share with you this excellent step-by-step instruction for the perfect weekly body exfoliation.
- Apply oil to skin
- Take a dry brush to skin from the feet up, brushing in short, light strokes
- Step in the shower and using a sugar or salt scrub start at the feet again and massage the skin in a circular motion on up the body.
- Rinse off using lukewarm water, then apply a salicylic acid body wash to skin, paying more attention to heels, elbows and knees. If you have a tendency towards back and butt acne, make sure to apply there as well.
- Pat skin dry and apply a moisturizer while skin is slightly damp.
My Best Exfoliating Tips for the Face
Chances are if you don't exfoliate daily or weekly, your skin is covered in dead skin cells that are mucking up the surface of your skin and causing your skin to not only look dull, but older. Without proper exfoliation, foundation won't smooth over your skin cleanly and moisturizer won't properly soak in. Here are my best exfoliating tips for the face:
- According to Allure Magazine, the best time to exfoliate is in the morning. Apparently, our skin repairs itself at night therefore the morning is the perfect time for scrubbing away those dead skin cells.
- Exfoliate with a scrub once or twice a week. Don't over-exfoliate or use a product with granules that can tear at the skin. Rub the product in a circular motion for 30 seconds and then rinse off with lukewarm -- never hot -- water.
- To save time, mix in a dime-size amount of your favourite facial scrub into your cleanser and do it all at once.
Let me know if you have any questions - here are some one my favourites exfoliating products xx
Don't Forget Your Feet
It only takes two minutes every shower to keep feet in great shape for summer. At the end of every shower, exfoliate the bottoms of your feet with a pumice stone for about a minute a foot. Make sure to scrub around the toes and the the entire heel. Dry, cracked heels are even less attractive than a grown-out pedicure. Daily care will not only keep feet soft and supple during sandal season, but you won't have to go all out when you get a professional pedicure (scraping off dead skin with a razor can be dangerous).