Exfoliating Your Skin – Secrets Explained
By Kathryn Smith on September 21, 2013
Are you sometimes surprised when you see other women radiating a glow in their skin, and wished you had it in you too? Who will not want to? It can be yours too, and all that you need to do is exfoliate your skin regularly. The benefits of exfoliating are a smoother, softer and a radiating skin.
Reasons to Exfoliate
Exfoliating removes the dead skin found on the surface showing the softer layer found below, and should be done all over the body. Most women exfoliate their skin on the face, but for full radiance and a feeling of goodness, it should be done head to toe, and regularly. You don’t have to visit your beautician’s office to exfoliate and spend tons of money doing it. It can be done at home and inexpensively.
Exfoliating is Easy
There is very little of equipment you need to exfoliate. The most commonly used exfoliating supply includes cleansers, body brush or an exfoliating glove, pumice stone and body lotion. The best way to exfoliate is to begin by using the brush or exfoliating glove on the dry skin before you step in to shower. This will help to loosen up the dead cell on the skin. Always begin from your feet and work toward your face. This is the usual way to prepare your skin before exfoliating.
Preparing Yourself before Exfoliating
Preparing the feet can be a little difficult, because the skin on the sole is hard, and that is when pumice stone can come in handy. They help to remove rough spots and calluses that are usual to foot, though we recommend you don’t use it too harshly. You can instead exfoliate your feet more often, and even daily until rough spots and calluses disappear totally. When you have to deal with extremely rough foot skin, first soak the feet in a basin of warm water mixed with a cup of milk for 30 minutes before stepping into the shower.
You should wet your body in the shower at least for 5 minutes before you apply the cleansing lotion. Your skin requires that much time for the moisture to permeate and create the ambience for cleansers to act deeply. With your glove on, gently scrub your skin in circular motions. Circular motion is important for two reasons – first, it helps in pilling the dirt, grit and dead cells, and second they are gentle and massage your skin. They also help to circulate blood better.
Scrubbing – How to
When you scrub the area around groin, do it softly and gently. That is because the skin around is usually softer than at other places. We recommend that you use more than the normal quantity of cleanser here to provide better lubrication. To reach better, you should use a brush with handles attached to it. This will help to reach even the finest ridge. Brush is also recommended for scrubbing your back and armpits as well where dead cells accumulate in greater numbers. Give special attention to the neck region, because that is where perspiration is at its highest and dead cells are found in larger numbers.
Face Needs Special Attention
You face is a special place. Most cleansers work here, but there are some special products that you can use on the face. There are many cleansers made especially for use here and you should consider using them. When you run the scrub here, do it gently around the region of the eyes and nose. Your hands too need to be treated gently and may require more attention for the armpits.
Cleansers should not be allowed to dry on the skin, and you should rinse it with lukewarm water thoroughly. Finally you should wash your body in cold water – the coldest that you can stand. For the final wash you can use shower gel, though that is not an absolute necessity.
You skin is a tender body organ but it takes on most of nature’s harshness. Exfoliating is not recommended when your skin is sun burnt, infected, has rashes, is diseased, wounded or is bleeding. Doing so can cause allergic reaction and lead to infection spreading to other areas. You will find the pumice stone particularly useful when dealing with the skin on your feet, especially the rough spots and calluses.
When to Avoid Exfoliating
If you notice allergy you should stop exfoliating and investigate the cause immediately. The usual culprits are the chemicals found in cleansers and to a lesser extent if you treat your skin too enthusiastically. You should avoid exfoliating too often – a couple times a week should normally be enough to keep your skin healthy and glowing.
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