As diligent as we try to be, taking care of our skin can be hard and cause us to slip up sometimes. We all want radiant, hydrated skin but it’s much easier said than done. We're imperfect beings, so sometimes we take shortcuts and opt for the cheaper makeup, don't moisturize when our skin needs it most, and forget to wash our face before going to bed.
Who's guilty? 🙋🏽♀️
We often experience skin dullness and hyper-pigmentation caused due to excessive exposure to pollutants and the sun.
What's more, although our skin does a great job at naturally shedding off dead cells, it can’t always get them all off and this process also slows down naturally over time as we get older. Oof!
What Do the Experts Say?
Dermatologist Dr. Emily Arch explains it this way, “As we age, dead skin cells take longer to shed from the surface of the skin." As those dead skin cells sit and accumulate over time, you can end up with a laundry list of complexion concerns—dullness, clogged pores, more noticeable fine lines, and flaky patches. Not to mention that this can also make it more difficult for your other skincare products to penetrate, ultimately rendering them less effective and a waste of money.
Thankfully, there are solutions in the form of body scrubs and oils that will help us play catch-up for all the times we slacked off with skincare. With exfoliating body scrubs, brightening, refreshing, and hydrating your skin has never been simpler.
The bottom line: “Proper use of exfoliants ideally creates a smoother, brighter complexion and allows skincare product and makeup application to be more effective and even,” Dr. Arch explains.
Exfoliating scrubs leaves skin not only soft to the touch but brighter, shimmery and radiant.
Our 5 Exfoliation Tips for Brighter, Softer Skin
Here are our top tips when exfoliating for brighter, more radiant skin!
TIP #1—Sugar over salt.
If you have sensitive skin, opt for sugar-based scrubs instead of salt-based scrubs. Table sugar granules are rounder than salt granules, which makes them less abrasive and gentler on your skin.
TIP #2—Opt for body scrub with moisturizing oils.
The oils will seal your skin, remove bacteria that causes larger pores, and moisturize so when you walk out of the shower you won’t need to apply moisturizer at all.
Tip #3—Over-scrubbing is a thing.
It’s also counterproductive. Either by exfoliating too often or by using an exfoliant that’s too harsh or doesn’t agree with our skin (see Tip #1)—can lead to adverse reactions such as redness, peeling, and flaking. Always proceed with caution when trying new scrubs and "listen" to your skin to see if you should scrub more/less often and to choose a scrub that agrees with you. All skin is unique with its own needs. Your skin knows best!
TIP #4—Different scrubs for different areas.
It’s vital to keep in mind that our face and neck skin is much more fragile than the skin on the rest of our bodies, so most people need two different exfoliants. Read labels carefully when selecting the right products.
TIP #5—Do it in the shower.
Successful exfoliation of your face (or any body part) starts in a warm, steamy shower or bath. The warm water softens the skin and releases the body’s natural oils, all while opening your pores, which aids in the exfoliation process and the removal of dead skin cells. Seal in the moisture with cold water.
Exfoliating is one of the easiest things you can do for a noticeable improvement in skin appearance.