Are you exfoliating correctly?
Exfoliation is one of the best ways to pamper your skin. It has so many advantages (apart from having unbelievably smooth skin). Sadly, with various advices and DIY hacks being tossed around, it is very easy to get the wrong ones that could cause more harm than good to your skin. There are basic steps to exfoliating your skin. Before we go into that, we should answer this basic question:
Why should I exfoliate my skin?
- Exfoliating removes dead skin cells that make your skin feel dry, cracked or rough. When the dead layer of skin cells is removed, your skin holds skincare products better making them more effective since they can now reach the new skin cells.
- Exfoliating speeds up skin cell regeneration as the dead cells are taken off quickly. If you are concerned about anti-aging skincare, exfoliation is very essential.
- Exfoliating leaves your skin glowing as exfoliation promotes blood flow in the body. Your skin will look alive and very healthy.
- Exfoliating unclogs your pores, removing oil and dirt build up, preventing acne and excessive production of oil.
- Over time, exfoliation reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles leaving you with smooth skin and a youthful and healthy glow.
How to exfoliate the right way:
- Do not exfoliate if you have sunburns or open injuries. Using scrubs on your skin with these conditions will just intensify the condition.
- Wet your skin before applying any body scrub or face scrub, except when dry brushing. Use tepid water. Hot water dries your skin out.
- Exfoliate your facial skin delicately. Try not to use it on your eyelids or under your eyes. The skin around your eye is very light and delicate.
- Avoid using harsh scrubs, especially on the face. Sugar scrubs are your best option. You can try out the True Grit Body Scrub. It is all natural, the exfoliating beads are actually sugar! It contains Vitamin E which protects the skin from free radicals that can damage or even kill off skin cells. It also contains natural oils like organic sunflower oil and macadamia oil which is important to restore lost moisture from the exfoliation.
Cowgirl Bonus: You should not exfoliate while soaking in a hot bath. This might sound like the perfect home pamper routine but it really isn't. Exfoliating your skin is enough to dry it out. Hot water (especially when you actually soak in it) is even more drying. They both strip the skin of moisture and natural oils that are very essential. Limit your hot bath hours. If you are in a dry climate, you may want to avoid them altogether.
Never forget to moisturize your skin immediately after you exfoliate. Using scrubs can dry the skin out and open up the new skin cells. You need to shield them with the cream and hydrate the skin. Go for rich lotions and body butters such as our, Moonshine Night Repair Cream and Churned Butter Body Moisturizer. Replenish your skin with lots of moisture.