BODY CARE - EXFOLIATION
Updated: Aug 2
Just remember as the season’s change, so does your skin along with it. People often think it’s enough to just moisturise their dry skin. Unfortunately when there’s a build-up of dead skin cells, the moisturiser just sits on top and can’t penetrate the dead layers of skin which creates a barrier. Exfoliation first is a must – this rule applies not only for the face but the whole body. This allows your skin to actually absorb the moisturiser deeply.
Dead dry skin blocks the pores which also contributes to blackheads and breakouts, even acne on the face and back. Regular exfoliation is important to keep your skin cleaner and clearer of impurities and breakouts - especially for acne sufferers. Other benefits apart from younger, smoother and softer looking skin, are minimising and assisting removal of ingrown hairs. It ensures better and longer lasting results with waxing. With dead skin build up, hairs often break off at the skin's surface, rather than being removed from the follicle and will grow through quickly as it does with shaving. It also extends the life of a tan application and assists with its' removal. If you are not exfoliating, you are really essentially wasting product and money.
I recommend at least two professional full body exfoliations per year, preferably in autumn and spring or early summer (every 6 months). This is great treatment to have prior to; wearing cut out, low back tops, dresses or swimwear, summer holidays, special events or tanning application. It's difficult to get those hard to reach areas yourself and you get the benefits of professional products. Homecare maintenance of exfoliating once a week and applying moisturiser after every shower should keep your skin in tip top shape.
HOMECARE CHEAT TIPS:
1. If you’re a low maintenance sort of person, at least do the homecare to the dryer area i.e. lower legs and arms, then you can do full body less often. 2. Exfoliating gloves work well with a body wash and are cheap to buy at the supermarket. Then use a natural exfoliating
oatmeal soap or exfoliating body wash. 3. Don’t use fabric softener on towels and use a brisk motion when drying off after shower as this helps with a light exfoliation.
4. Use a dampened facial chamois, sponge or face washer to remove cleanser, as this helps with a deeper cleanse and a light exfoliation. Just remember to rinse out, remove excess
water and wash them regularly. Facial sponges and chamois are better as they dry quickly. A dirty, damp face washer is a breeding ground for bacteria and not what you
want on your face! You could also use a soft bristle facial brush once or twice a week with your cleanser but only if you don't have sensitive skin or rosacea as this will aggravate the condition.