Exfoliation may well already be part of your skincare regime. But what about your body? It’s important not to neglect exfoliating your body too. Now that the sun is on its way!….no, really, it is, we promise.
4 Top Benefits Regular Exfoliation will Have on Your Body.
- It stimulates the natural production of collagen. We all know what that means. ANTI-AGEING!
- It helps skincare products to properly penetrate.
- Stop armadillo style legs. A buildup of dead skin cells will clog pores, preventing body lotion from reaching below the dermis.
- It can help reduce “chicken skin” or Keratosis Pilaris, which causes numerous small bumps around hair follicles. In other words, those stubborn pimples on the backs of your arms that keep clinging on like a limpet!
HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU EXFOLIATE?
How to Exfoliate your Body
Here is my guide on how to exfoliate your body. My skin benefits from 2-3 body scrubs each week. For sensitive or dry skin, you may need to limit to once a week. There are 16 delicious home body & face scrub recipes which I will be trying out myself. I LOVE the sound of ginger and coconut, but let’s face it, we haven’t all got time to whip up a homemade version whilst getting dinner on the table and juggling our busy lives.
My little indulgence is an Elemis Intensely Cleansing Salt Scrub at the Bodhi Tree Spa once a month. My all-time favourite is Frangipani as it smells divine! If I need to have a bit of a pep to revive, then the Lime & Ginger hits the mark!
Body scrubbing vs Dry Brushing
Salt, Micro-bead and Other Body Scrubs
- Start slowly as even 1-2 minutes per week will help revive your skin and give it a fresh glow.
- For the best results, allow at least 15 minutes to soak in the bath with your favourite, yet oh so gentle, bubble bath or bath oil. This will soften (macerating) the skin surface. When the surface of your skin starts to look a it“ “deform”d” a.k.a prune skin is prime time for starting to remove dead skin cells.
- Scrub your body gently in a small circular motion starting from the ankles. Why? because it helps to encourage positive blood circulation during the exfoliation process.
- Work your way up your body remembering to pay particular attention to the super stubborn ‘crusty’ areas such as elbows, knees and heels.
- Don’t Skip Your Back. Granted, it’s not the easiest place to reach, make sure you don’t neglect your back. This is when you will need the assistance of a brush. Alternatively, ask your partner to do it for you!
- Rinse – After you’ve finished your ‘exfoliate like a pro’ session, be sure to rinse off the product with lukewarm water.
- Apply Moisturiser. Hop out of the bath or shower. Pat yourself (almost) dry. Apply your favourite hydrating moisturiser to your smooth as silk exfoliated skin.
TIP: applying lotion to slightly damp skin helps to lock in moisture. Bonus!
- Apply Self-tanner. Now that you’ve scrubbed every inch of your skin, it’s prime time to fake it until you make it. Apply your favourite fake tanning lotion to get that milky white body ready for the sun, which we promised earlier, is coming.
- Stroke that super baby soft skin you have now given yourself, slip into freshly laundered sheets and enjoy the next episode of What If on Netflix!
Body Exfoliating is for Men Too!
Dry Brushing for exfoliating your body
How to Dry Brush
Top Tips for Body Exfoliation
- Keep your salt scrub or favourite body scrub to hand in the shower so you don’t forget.
- Don’t use brushes or loofahs – they are bacteria magnets – euwwwww!
- Use an exfoliating glove or cloth which you can throw in the wash bin along with your daily laundry chores. BONUS – it’s more eco-friendly too.
Some Other Benefits of Exfoliating your Body
- It preps your skin for shaving by helping to minimise the risk of ingrown hairs.
- It’s an essential part of having a real looking fake tan.
- Helps to repair your skin.