All About Exfoliation

Let’s talk about exfoliation! I’m not going to lie out of all of my weekly beauty routines exfoliation might be my least favorite. But no doubt…it makes a huge difference in my skin.

For those of you unfamiliar with the process exfoliation is the removal of dead skin cells on your outermost layer. With day to day life the body collects dead skin on the top layer of your body. Naturally your body sheds some of the dead cells but a lot of them stay on your body and collect over time. Ew gross I know! Whether you use a scrub, a brush, a towel or loofah there are many different ways to exfoliate.

Disclaimer: I am not a dermatologist. I am giving my opinion and recommendations based off of my research and experience. What works for me doesn’t necessarily work for you. If you have sensitive skin please use caution and extra care when exfoliating!

Loofah: Everyday in the shower I use a loofah. I take a shower gel lather it into my loofah and I scrub myself from head to toe. That pretty much takes care of my day to day exfoliation.

Brush: Purchase a dry brush from your favorite beauty/skin care store. I purchased mine from the body shop. Before your shower about twice a week gently brush your skin. Use caution around sensitive areas but I get the best results on my legs and arms using this technique.

Towel: Take a dry face cloth and just like dry brushing rub your skin down. For a little extra take your favorite scrub or organic sugar, apply to the face cloth and brush against skin.

Hands: This is the fastest easiest way that I use the most. I use all sorts of scrubs based off of scent or what I’m looking for in a scrub; I change it up a lot. But my favorite scrub I use the most is Lush Ocean Salt. I scoop a handful in my hand and section by section I gently scrub my skin. I find this way the most effective way for me and I tend to get the best results.

 

Okay now that we’ve successfully exfoliated ourselves now what? So you’re out of the shower and your towel dried. What I do next which I think is the most important part is to MOISTURIZE! Post exfoliation I usually head straight for the body butter. You need to protect your skin and bring back some life to it! My favorite body butter of all time is the Body Shop. It is my holy grail my tried and true, my ride or die body butter! I have used it for 15 years and I swear by it. The body butter comes in countless flavors but my all time favorite is Mango.

Now….lets talk about what not to do when exfoliating. I do not recommend exfoliating everyday/multiple times a day. I use a Loofah everyday so technically I am exfoliating everyday BUT I do not dry brush or use a scrub every single day. In the winter my skin is much much dryer to the point where I can even see it on my skin. In the winter I do exfoliate multiple times a week but I am constantly moisturizing and I am much gentler when I exfoliate. After you exfoliate and lotion your skin if your skin burns from the contact of the lotion you are either scrubbing way to hard or using a scrub that is not reacting well with your skin. Change it up! Maybe switch from a dry brush to a towel. Or maybe instead of a sea salt scrub use a regular sugar scrub. Listen to your skin! With any type of skin care if your skin is breaking out, getting blotchy or red, or dry your skin is trying to tell you something!

Well friends I hope you enjoyed and learned something new! I am constantly looking for new scrubs to try out so I’d love to hear your favorites!

xoxo

ashley beth

 

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