Exfoliating is skin treatment where the upper layers of dead skin cells are sloughed off by a loofah sponge, sea salt, brush, or by other means. You can exfoliate any area of skin. When exfoliating your face, use products that are designed for your face.
The average human generates a new layer of skin every two to four weeks. At the end of the cycle, the old, dead cells on the surface are shed. You can improve your complexion tremendously by exfoliating and sloughing off the old, dead skin cells. If the old, dead skin cells are not removed, they can clog the sebaceous pores, leading to superficial spots or blackheads.
Types of Exfoliators
Chemical exfoliators do the same task as their mechanical siblings but by using mild acids in place of shrapnel. Exfoliating products usually contain alpha-hydroxy acids, beta-hydroxy acids, or salicylic acids.
- Wet the area of skin you want to exfoliate.
- Use a synthetic scrubbing sponge, exfoliating gloves or a body loofah.
- Apply an exfoliating cleanser to your skin or sprinkle it onto your sponge.
- Making circular motions, scrub the exfoliating cleanser over your skin using your sponge or loofah.
- Be gentle over sensitive parts of the body, like delicate neck and thigh tissue.
- Rinse skin thoroughly.
- Follow up with a good moisturizer.
- When exfoliating the face, use products specifically designed for the face.
- Your skin may tingle after using alpha or beta hydroxy acids.
- The tingling should stop within 15 minutes.
- If you exfoliate regularly, keep moisturizer on your face at all times.