Exfoliation is a natural process in which dead cells are removed from the surface of your skin. Your epidermis is made up of several layers; the older layers are on the top of your skin, exposed to the elements, while the younger ones are underneath. If your face appears to be dry and flaky, then the dead skin cells need to be scrubbed off—or exfoliated—so you can reveal your healthiest skin.
If done regularly, exfoliation can do wonders to improve the texture of your complexion, and can even stimulate the production of new cells and collagen, as well as prevent clogged pores and acne. The most common exfoliating products to use are scrubs, but there are a few other options to try as well.
Seven Best Methods for Exfoliating Your Skin
1. Coffee Scrub
A scrub is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways of exfoliating your skin. Body Lush’s Face and Body Scrub is made of coffee beans, oils, sea salt, and sugar, so once you’ve removed the dead skin, your body will feel moisturized and soft.
The best way to apply the scrub is with some water: rub the wet scrub around your body and face for a couple of minutes, leave it on for a minute, and then rinse it all off. While some scrubs should be followed by a moisturizer, Body Lush’s coffee scrub contains its own moisturizing properties, so it’s truly a multifaceted product! You won’t need anything else.
2. Dry Brushing
Dry brushing is the process of manually exfoliating your skin with a specially-designed brush that is crafted to boost your circulation, remove dead skin cells, stimulate your lymph nodes, normalize your lymph flow, and improve your digestion, among other dermatological miracles. You need to brush your skin while dry, though it’s great to add a body oil to the brush before you apply it; this compliments the skin’s surface.
A dry brush is the perfect tool to implement in a spa routine or an overall detox. Dry brushing for three to five minutes, a couple of times a week, may help to reduce the appearance of cellulite.
3. Electric Brushes
There are several electric brushes available on the market, but the most well-known is undoubtedly the Clarisonic. The Clarisonic is a chargeable face brush that “uses patented sonic cleansing technology for a deep, radiant clean. With an oscillation range from 200 to 350 movements per second, each brush helps transform skin’s texture with a cleanse that’s 6x more effective than hands alone.”
The Clarisonic is not cheap—it regularly retails for around C$250, and you are encouraged to replace the brush head at C$30 every three months. While it has developed a cult following and is praised for its cleansing abilities, it can sometimes be too harsh for the skin.
We suggest you try a natural scrub first before you invest in an electric brush.
4. Exfoliating Gloves
Exfoliating gloves are designed for use with or without exfoliating scrubs, and most can be used on every part of your body. They are especially beneficial for exfoliating the legs and other large areas where using a small sponge may be too time-consuming, and using a scrub may be too expensive.
Wet the gloves and your skin with warm water, and then apply a few drops of liquid soap or a scrub directly onto the gloves or your skin. Make sure the gloves are not too rough for your skin because you don’t want to break the capillaries.
5. Muslin Clothes
Muslin cloths—made of 100% cotton—are made to complement your cleanser and lift away dirt, makeup, and impurities from the face. After you’ve applied your cleanser, use the cloth to massage the product into your face. Afterwards, soak it, squeeze out the excess water, and use the cloth to remove the product.
Peels provide a chemical exfoliation, rather than a physical one. Instead of manually removing the dead skin, the peel does all the work for you. They can be quite expensive, however, and are also much harsher on your skin than scrubs, gloves, cloths, or brushes. If you have very dry skin, however, a peel may be the best product for you.
7. Konjac sponge
A konjac sponge is a dry, hard sponge that softens when you soak it. Its rough surface does a great job at buffing away dry skin and impurities. After you use it, squeeze out all excess water and leave it to dry. The sponge will get hard again and stay hygienic!
Let us know in the comments below if there are any other exfoliating techniques that we may have missed!