Exfoliating your face and body means removing old dead skin cells that are on the outer surface of your skin. This can be achieved by either chemical or mechanical means. Mechanical means scrubbing the skin by using a brush, a loofah or a cloth. Chemical means scrubbing the skin with a scrub or exfoliant that contains glycolic acid, alicyclic acid or malic acid. Today, there are many exfoliating products on the market. It’s important to choose the right scrub to exfoliate properly, as there are unique rules for each skin type, as well as general do’s and don’ts that should be followed.
If you have normal skin, you should look for a scrub that pairs buffing agents with clean ingredients that keep skin healthy. Pear & Poppy Seed Microderm Polisher by Eminence Organics polishes skin to perfection. Pear and apple pulp infuse your skin’s appearance with bioflavonoids and antioxidants. Skin clarity and texture will appear improved and infused with nutrients.
If you have dry skin, it is recommended to exfoliate, but it is also important to choose a scrub that contains hydrating ingredients so that it doesn’t strip away moisture and leave your skin even more dry. Try Rosehip & Maize Exfoliating Masque which contains honey and zinc oxide to emolliate and soothe skin. Complexion will appear smoother, brighter and more even.
There are misconceptions that people with oily skin need to cleanse and exfoliate more frequently than those with combination or normal skin. This is not necessarily true though. When cleansing oily skin, it’s important to not only purify pores to prevent clogging and breakouts, but also cut down oil production by balancing skin. A formula with salicylic acid and deep-cleaning agents is ideal. Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant is a great choice for those with oily skin. Strawberry is a cleanser and astringent. This dermafoliant contains salicylic acid that gently exfoliates and removes impurities to brighten skin’s appearance and shrink the appearance of pores. Rice powder absorbs oil while lactic and salicylic acids remove dead skin cells. Chickpea flour absorbs excess oil and helps to buff and smooth.
We understand that if you have sensitive skin, your gut instinct might be to avoid exfoliating. Some scrubs, however, are gentle enough for even the most sensitive of skins. Our favorites are those that exfoliate with enzymes, which gently break down the bonds that hold dead cells together. Carrot Vitamin Masque contains carrot and orange pump infused with honey, lemon and vanilla. This scrub is also loaded with vitamin C and carotenoids. Sensitive skin will feel rehydrated and protected by the linseed extracts and a zinc oxide base.
How to Exfoliate
Supply should include:
- Exfoliating Cleanser – Choose one of our previous recommendations
- Loofah or Body Brush – The Wax Shop Loofah is an excellent choice for an all-natural loofah
- Moisturizer – Tropical Vanilla Day Cream can be used as a daily moisturizer and UV blocker
- Before stepping into the shower, brush your skin with a body brush or exfoliating gloves. This will help loosen skin and prep the skin for exfoliation.
- While showering, apply an exfoliating cleanser to your loofah or body sponge. Scrub your body in a circular motion, lightening up on pressure around sensitive areas.
- Use a body sponge with a handle to exfoliate hard-to-reach areas, like our brand new patented technology Body Sponge by The Wax Shop.
- Rinse your body with lukewarm water, followed by cold water. Avoid hot water as it will strip healthy natural oils from your skin.
After showering, apply a moisturizer from head to toe. Lotions and facial moisturizers that contain alpha or beta hydroxyl acids are ideal choices because these acids will continue to remove dead skin cells.