We all know that exfoliation is an essential part of maintaining healthy, fresh looking skin. In your teens and twenties, your skin will shed dead epidermis about every month on its own. This process will slow down in your 30s and can cause dull, uneven and rough skin. Whether its bikini season or the dead of winter exfoliating should be part of your daily skin care routine. When done regularly you are aiding in the production of new cells and collagen. The best part is you’re providing a smoother surface for foundations!
The question is, what is the proper way to exfoliate? Some people have the notion that the more abrasive the product is, the more your skin will benefit. That is clearly a myth. You can damage your skin if you do not use the right products on the right areas.
From the neck up: On the most sensitive skin on the body, swap out that gritty exfoliant with an enzyme-based one, such as Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant, which leave your skin smooth with no irritation. Using water as an activator the enzymes gently dissolve the top layer of skin, rather than sloughing it off.
Lips: Simply take a dry toothbrush and a dime-sized amount of products like Philosophy Kiss Me Exfoliating Lip Scrub in a light circular motion, then wiping with a warm, wet washcloth. You can get the same effect from a DIY lip scrub with a small amount of sugar and Vaseline. Apply moisturizing lipstick colors and balms to protect your lips from the elements. Since our lips only have 4 layers of skin, this scrub should be done once per week to avoid unnecessary damage.
Elbows, heels, and knees: The skin on these areas contain the least amount of oil glands and are the thickest. This is when you can breakout your St. Ives Apricot Scrub. To create a DIY version, simply cut a lemon in half, cover it with coarse sea salt and star scrubbing.
Body: Sugar is a great option for areas you just want to smooth. In small circles, applying Fresh Brown Sugar Body Polish in the shower will soothe and moisturize. To make your own version, mix two parts sugar to one part olive oil and get to work!