One of the most important things you can do for your skin is exfoliation, which is the practice of sloughing away dead and old skin cells to expose the newer, glowing layer of skin underneath. Regular exfoliation removes dead skin while reducing skin discoloration, hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles.
One of my favorite parts of my skin care routine is exfoliating- I love scrubbing with good-smelling products, using my brushes, and the soft skin I’m left with afterward. You can exfoliate any naturally dry part of your body- that means no exfoliation on moist parts such as the inside of the mouth, eyes, inner private parts, etc. When exfoliating regularly, pay attention to your skin- over-exfoliating can lead to dryness, redness, and irritation. If you notice that your skin gets softer, then rough again, exfoliate less often or switch your products.
In the shower, I use a body brush to exfoliate my entire body. I found a nice one at Walmart for less than $10 by EcoTools. Most days I use body wash with my brush, but once or twice a week I use a homemade Body scrub by Gimme Sugar Homemade Body Scrubs and Accessories, LLC. Made with love by a Black Owned Business, this body scrub is AMAZING. It’s all natural, made with natural oils like coconut and almond oil, and leaves your skin feeling silky smooth. My current favorite scents are Bubble Yumm and Pineapple coconut. I use the body scrub all over my body, especially after shaving or getting waxed- sugar scrubs work great to free those pesky ingrown hairs!
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Face Exfoliation is separate from body because it’s a little different. For one, I use a much smaller brush. I’ve seen some pleasantly fancy brushes, but I honestly just buy this one from Dollar tree for $1. I usually stock up and get a few to last a few months.
The key to facial exfoliation is to use a nice scrub once or twice a week and to avoid harsh scrubs containing walnut and apricot pit, which are much better for rough areas like knees, feet and elbows. I’m currently using this one by St. Ives.
I don’t hate or LOVE this product, but it serves its purpose so i have no complaints. Once I’m done with the tube, I’ll be searching for a new one to try. As a final tip, please balance exfoliation with moisture for your new glowing skin- I love to finish my skin with a mist of Rosewater Spray! The one I’m using now is by Mario Badescu and has herbs and aloe added. It’s a little pricey, but worth it because it lasts a while. I actually got a small bottle from Urban Outfitters for around $10.
So, there you have it- exfoliating in a nutshell! (See what I did there? LOL!) Remember- once or twice per week is ideal. Do you exfoliate? Have you tried Gimme Sugar scrubs? Can you recommend a face scrub? Leave a comment below!