Exfoliation is absolutely key when it comes to healthy, clear skin. As we age, our cell turnover decreases, meaning that dead skin cells remain on the surface of our skin for longer, making it appear dull. Exfoliation helps the body to shed this layer of dead skin cells, revealing the fresh skin beneath, and allowing moisturizers and other skin care products to better penetrate the skin. OROGOLD brings you some of our top body exfoliation tips to help you to keep your skin smooth, healthy and happy.
Use Cool Water After Exfoliation
After exfoliating your skin, you have taken away the layer of dead skin cells and uncovered a fresh new layer. However, since this layer is still new, hot water will be much too harsh for it, so OROGOLD recommends using water that is as cool as you can handle.
Don’t Forget About Your Scalp
Many people focus on exfoliating their face and body, but forget about their scalp. However, your scalp is an extension of your skin, and should be treated in a similar way. There are many scalp exfoliating products out there, but for a simple exfoliant, OROGOLD recommends rubbing Epsom salts onto your scalp twice a week. This will also help to treat dry scalp and dandruff issues.
Use Chemical Exfoliants Wisely
Chemical exfoliants contain certain enzymes and acids that eat away at your dead skin cells. If you are only just beginning to try out chemical exfoliants, OROGOLD advises that you start with the lowest dose and slowly work your way up. You should also only use these products at night, as they will make your skin more sensitive to the sun for a few hours after use.
Use a Dry Brush
A dry brush is designed to be used before a shower, and is great method of exfoliation. Gently use it to scrub your skin in a circular motion, making movements towards, rather than away from, your heart. This will exfoliate your skin, and, once you enter the shower, the dead skin cells will be washed off.
Exfoliate in the Morning
The best time of the day to exfoliate is in the morning, as this gives your body the rest of the day to shed any remaining dead skin cells. Your skin cells renew themselves at night, so a morning exfoliation, followed by regular applications of moisturizer, will encourage your cells to renew themselves even faster that night.
As important as it is to exfoliate, you must make sure to never over-exfoliate, as this can irritate and tear the skin. Those having oily skin can exfoliate three times a week, while those with combination or dry skin should stick to exfoliating once or twice a week. Pay attention to your skin – it will be easy to tell when you have over-exfoliated it.
In addition to clearing away dead skin cells, exfoliation comes with a whole range of other benefits for your skin, which is why OROGOLD recommends that you exfoliate your body a couple of times a week, depending on your skin type and health. From improving your skin tone, to preventing various skin conditions to giving a boost to your circulation, it is essential that you make exfoliation a permanent part of your skin care routine.