If you have been following my blog, you should know by now that exfoliation has to be a key practice in your weekly skin routine. Our skin renews itself constantly and exfoliation is what helps to slough away all of the dead skin cells that sit upon our skin’s surface. Even better than that, exfoliation prevents dry skin from building up in your pores, and keeps the pores clean to prevent bacteria build-up and infection. Exfoliation keeps your skin healthy and glowing, and it’s super easy, so why not do it?
You should exfoliate at least twice a week. I find that exfoliating my face more than that causes irritation. As with anything, be sure to monitor your process to determine how often you should exfoliate and to moderate your intensity. If your skin is dry, red and/or irritated after you exfoliate, you will need to adjust your method. Exfoliation doesn’t just apply to your face either; you can exfoliate other areas (especially in preparation for shaving), like your underarms, legs, arms, and back. After you exfoliate, be sure to moisturize very soon after you’re done, while the skin is still damp.
Your handy-dandy washcloth. It’s often the simple things that are the most effective. Almost everyone has a washcloth in their house, right? That means you can start the exfoliation process right away. Steam in a hot shower or place a hot washcloth on the area you wish to exfoliate. Afterwards, rub in a gentle cleanser using circular motions, and use the washcloth to gently wipe away the cleanser from your face. Be sure to use a cotton washcloth and use a new washcloth each time you exfoliate.
Dry brushing. Stay with me. It may seem weird that you would brush your skin while it’s dry, but it helps! Select a brush with natural brush fibers like the one pictured with a long handle. When your skin is completely dry, start with your feet and working your way up, brush towards your heart in long strokes. Be gentle! The last thing you need is marks or scars from brushing your skin too harshly. Dry brushes help to brush away dead skin but also promote circulation and stimulate the detoxification process in your body. Dry brushing is recommended in the morning or before you shower.
Konjac brush. I have been seeing the konjac brush on different sites for awhile now. Konjac brushes are made from the konjac potato plant, a plant that grows in Asia. The fibers from this plant are used to make an interesting oval-shaped sponge you can use to clean your face. Retailers sell some versions that are infused with oil or other products like charcoal. Though it may be weird to use and has an interesting texture, it is made to be a gentle exfoliant. Before you use it, rinse the sponge with warm water and squeeze out any excess. Apply to a damp or freshly steamed face to buff and smooth out skin.
Face brush. Similar to the konjac brush, face brushes have gained popularity in the last couple of years. The most famous, the Clarisonic brush, has been around since 2004. The idea of the facial brushes is to use the circular movement of the soft bristles to deeply, but gently, cleanse the face to unclog pores and wash away dead skin. There are other brands out there, but Clarisonic has clearly perfected their system. There are different styles of brushes, and also different brush heads for different types of skin. Use the brush on damp skin, or place cleanser on the brush and move the brush around different areas of the face. See more info about how to use the Clarisonic face brush here.
What tools do you use for exfoliation?
- June 30, 2015
- Tiffany A