Exfoliating is a must for radiant skin. The purpose of exfoliating the skin is to get rid of the top layer of the skin when it is dry, patchy, dead and less-than-radiant. There are different types of exfoliating products and the type you choose determines how often you can safely exfoliate.
You can exfoliate just about any area you have skin, but keep in mind that some areas of skin are more sensitive than others. Your face, neck, and chest, for instance, are more delicate in nature and therefore using a softer and non-abrasive exfoliator helps preserve the skin in those areas. On the other end of the spectrum, your elbows, knees and the bottoms of your feet tend to get rough and dry more easily than most of your body, and in these areas it’s fine to use a more powerful exfoliator. As for the rest of your body, using a mild exfoliator once (or maybe twice) a week should be enough for the average person to get rid of the dead skin cells lingering on the surface of your skin.
Buying different types of exfoliators best suited for the different areas of your body can be costly and cumbersome, however. But is it worth it? We will offer our top picks and D.I.Y suggestions, and let you decide.
Store bought varieties come in all shape and sizes. The two most common forms are scrubs and brushes. Scrubs come in every price point imaginable and can be picked up at your local drugstore or shopped for at a high-end boutique. Glycolic acid, sea salt, sugar, coffee grounds, oats, charcoal and more make up the main component of a lot of scrubs, each with their own unique benefits.
Brushes differ in size and texture depending on if it’s meant for the body or face. Clarisonic brushes are very popular, and there are similar products available in a range of prices at your local Target, Ulta and Sephora. Some even come with attachments that can target different areas of the body, or promise to be gentle enough to be used every day.
These D.I.Y. suggestions are best suited for the body, and extra care should be taken if used on the face. The easiest exfoliators that anyone can make at home are a whole range of scrubs! Scrubs can be made with a base such as sugar or coffee grounds, which provides the texture component of exfoliators—and other ingredients can be added to provide other benefits such as healing properties or moisturizing qualities. For example, you can combine a 2:1 ratio of sugar and your preferred oil (our pick is vitamin E oil today!), and add in your favorite scent through essential oils or crushed flowers. This concoction will exfoliate the dead skin off, moisturize the fresh new skin and leave you smelling sweet all day!