Exfoliation is a necessary step of every woman’s beauty routine as it removes dead skin cells and leaves skin radiant and smooth. It is a common mistake to only exfoliate the face and leave out other body parts, but you need to remember that the benefits from this simple procedure apply to your entire body, especially in the warm months of summer when our skin is exposed to sun rays, salt water, sand and weather.
To begin the exfoliating process you will need:
- A loofah, brush or exfoliating glove
- Homemade or store-bought exfoliating cleanser
- Body lotion
The steps to exfoliate are simple:
1. Right before you go into the shower, brush your dry skin with the loofah, brush or exfoliating gloves. This removes dry cells and prepares your skin for the exfoliating process. Begin with the soles of your feet, working your way up.
2. Step under the water. Never exfoliate your skin if you are sunburned or have any open cuts or wounds. Always work around moles, beauty spots and freckles.
3. If your feet and hands are extremely rough, soak them in a basin of warm water mixed with herbs for 30 minutes before getting into the shower.
4. Apply the exfoliating solution to your loofah or gloves. Start scrubbing your body in a circular motion, but be careful not to scrub too hard as it may cause skin rupture or lesions.
5. Use a brush for your back or other places that are difficult to reach.
6. Be particularly gentle with your skin and bikini area as the skin there is very thin and soft and can get damages easily. It is recommended to use products that are especially formulated for those body parts as they are gentler.
7. Rinse your body with warm water. The skin should feel smooth and light.
8. Apply a moisturizing body lotion after stepping out of the shower. This is very important as it helps soothe skin.
9. Use a moisturizing cream at least once a day to make sure you skin stays properly hydrated.
Exfoliating once or twice a week is enough to maintain your skin healthy and smooth. If you feel your skin getting irritated or itchy, consider changing exfoliating products or scrubbing gentler and less often to give the skin time to regenerate and heal.
Taking care of your skin is a process of several steps and exfoliation is just one of them. Proper hydration, a healthy diet and lifestyle habits (e.g. no smoking or excessive drinking) are important factors in achieving glowing and blemish-free skin.